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  • 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.


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

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

HK$78,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$106,250

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020