MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Tom & T-Rex for Only Watch

11.07.2019

A duo of independent brands donate the very first table clock from the still unreleased series to the eighth edition of the charity auction, raising awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 


We’re talking not only unique, but the very first piece in the T-Rex line, officially debuting at the end of August. A construction of the clock reaching 26,5 cm in height resembles a futuristic take on a prehistoric beast made of stainless steel, palladium-plated brass and bronze. According to the creators, the legs of T-Rex were modeled directly on actual Tyrannosaurus Rex bones, using 3D scans of dinosaur skeletons as references. A sculpture mounted atop the body of the T-Rex, shaped like the figure of a young boy, staring down into a transparent blue marble of hand-blown Murano glass nestled in his cupped hands. The only eye of the beast acts as a dial with just hour and minute central hands.


Beating within the 201 finely finished components is a hand-wound in-house L’Epée movement, offering a 8-day power reserve. Time is set via a key, fitted through the centre of the Murano glass dial. And of course, there’s a symbolic meaning: Tom specifically represents the children living with the degenerative disease that is Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and the T-Rex is a metaphor for ‘the flights of imagination that nourish the child’s spirit’ and ‘the scientific advancements that will one day effect a long-awaited cure’.