A rare, fine and whimsical limited edition palladium-plated, diamond-set and rubber robot-form desk clock with 8-day power reserve and guarantee

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: MB&F
    Year: Circa 2016
    Reference No: 76.6001/151
    Movement No: 32'011
    Model Name: Sherman
    Material: Palladium-plated brass, diamond, rubber
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1853.SK2, 17 jewels
    Dimensions: 143 mm (tall) x 109 mm (wide) x 80 mm (deep)
    Signed: signed MB&F and L’Epée 1839
    Accessories: Further accompanied by L’Epée 1839 guarantee signed by Embassy Jewels AG, St. Moritz, carrying case, certificate of gemstones, instruction manual and black gloves.

  • Catalogue Essay

    It takes creative genius to manufacture a clock resembling a robot, and MB&F is one of the few modern brands with the desire to push the limits of traditional watchmaking and produce a kinetic sculptural piece, which is both whimsical and practical. Introduced at SIHH in 2016, Sherman was a collaborative effort between MB &F and partner L’Epée 1839. The body is structured using watch parts with movement plates and bridges forming the skeleton and body, the 8-day mainspring barrel extends down and supports rubber-clad caterpillar tracks, while the domed glass head reveals the mechanical brain represented by the regulator and balance wheel. While the design is all MB & F, the engineering design is by L’Epée 1839.

    It is well-known Maximilian Büsser’s inspiration comes from his childhood and fascination with science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s. Sherman has the vibe of early television representations of what a robot would and could look like. His flexible extended arms have claws and he moves along a rubber track. Produced in four series, 200 examples with palladium-plated brass, 200 examples with gold-plated brass and 50 of each set with diamonds that rim the glass head, outline Sherman’s eyes, and front the clock dial, which represents the heart of the robot.

    The present example is in like new condition and accompanied by its guarantee. Sherman is traditional in that he only tells time, and without complications, but he is also a thoroughly modern and contemporary sculptural piece with a fusion of mechanics and art. The goals for Sherman were for him to tell time and to make people smile, and in this instance the goals were well met.

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Ref. 76.6001/151
A rare, fine and whimsical limited edition palladium-plated, diamond-set and rubber robot-form desk clock with 8-day power reserve and guarantee

MB&F,「Sherman」型號,精細罕有,限量版鍍鈀金鑲鑽機械人座鐘,備L’Epée 直線型8日動力儲存,限量發行50件,約2016年製。附原裝盒、原裝證書、說明書 機械人座鐘雪曼由MB&F構思研發,委託瑞士的專業高級時鐘品牌L'Épée 1839生產製作,限量發行200座鍍鈀版本、200座鍍金版本、和50座鍍鈀鑲鑽版本。 眾所皆知,雪曼的誕生源自於MB&F創始人Maximilian Büsser憧憬擁有機械人的兒時夢想,雪曼可以告訴你時間,用它的兩雙小手握取物件,透過玻璃觀賞雪曼的機械大腦調節器,和它一起慢慢思考,共渡悠悠時光。

Circa 2016
143 mm (tall) x 109 mm (wide) x 80 mm (deep)
signed MB&F and L’Epée 1839

Estimate
HK$78,000 - 120,000 
€8,900-13,700
$10,000-15,400

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