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  • Manufacturer: MB&F
    Reference No: 50.6802/301
    Model Name: Melchior ‘Only Watch’
    Material: Palladium-plated brass, stainless steel, red anodized aluminum and polished glass
    Calibre: l’Epée in-house mechanical movement
    Dimensions: 30.3cm x 21.7cm (depending on position of the arms) x 11.2cm, 6.3kg

  • Catalogue Essay

    Melchior is the robot buddy a child would love to have as his best friend. But Melchior is also a unique high-end table clock featuring jumping hours, sweeping minutes, double retrograde seconds and a 40-day power reserve.

    Conceived by MB&F and crafted by L’Epée 1839 – Switzerland's only specialised high-end clock manufacture – Melchior is a hymn to childhood dreams.

    Maximilian Büsser developed the concept with designer Xin Wang. Hours and minutes are displayed via discs on Melchior’s chest while a dial on his abdomen indicates the exceptionally-long power reserve: 40 days, thanks to five mainspring barrels.

    A combination of fixed vents and revolving discs gives the impression that Melchior is blinking his eyes, endowing the robot with a hint of human-like personality. Further animation is provided by the regulator, its gentle beating made visible thanks to its polished glass dome cover. The regulator symbolizes Melchior’s brain at work; just as the brain governs the body, the regulator governs the clock’s remarkable precision.

    This piece unique Melchior “Only Watch” is the 100th and final movement in the Melchior series. Clothed in palladium-plated brass and steel with red highlights, he will make his new owners smile each time they set eyes on him.


Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 50.6802/301
Melchior ‘Only Watch’ is a unique robot table-clock commemorating MB&F’s 10th anniversary under the theme “A creative adult is a child who survived”

30.3cm x 21.7cm (depending on position of the arms) x 11.2cm, 6.3kg

CHF30,000 - 45,000 

Sold for CHF75,000

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Geneva Auction 7 November 2015 3pm