MB&F and L'Epée 1839 Unleash the Grant
Is it a desk clock? A robot? A transformer? That’s the beauty of MB&F creations—they make you pause, wonder, and rethink what you thought you knew about luxury watchmaking.
Whimsical yet technical, bold yet fun, MB&F, short for Maximilian Busser and Friends, has been surprising and delighting their clientele for just over a decade with unconventional timekeeping products.
In collaboration with high-end clock designers, L'Epée 1839 (hence the “and Friends”), MB&F just released their latest invention, the Grant. Let’s get a closer look at the latest mechanical marvel from L'Epée 1839.
This is not the first time MB&F and L'Epée 1839 partner up on a project. In fact, Grant follows in the footsteps (tread marks?) of other robot clocks from the power duo including Balthazar, Melchior, and Sherman. However, Grant brings something new to the table—more movement. And we’re not talking about the exquisite mechanical movement that it runs on (we’ll discuss that more in detail later) we’re talking about the fact that Grant has the ability to actually move across your desk (with a push on your part) via his three operational rubber tracks. Tapping into nostalgia, it’s a little like the car toys you used to push around when you were a child, but now in grown-up (ish) form.
Grant takes its moniker and inspiration from an American tank used on World War II battlefields, which was named after Union general, Ulysses S. Grant. Along with motion, MB&F and L'Epée 1839‘s Grant can also transform into three distinct positions: down low, crouching at a 45-degree angle, and sitting up at a 90-degree angle. Grant is no small desk accessory; measuring 115 mm tall x 212 mm wide x 231 mm long in his flat position and 166 mm tall x 212 mm wide x 238 mm long in his vertical position, you may just have to get a larger desk to accommodate him and his penchant for cruising. Plus, with a total of 268 components, and the use of stainless steel, nickel-plated brass, and palladium-plated brass, he weighs a hefty 2.34 kg.
Aside from the impressive structure of MB&F’s newest machine, Grant is first and foremost a clock. The hours and minutes are displayed on Grant’s intricately built shield, which can be set at your preferred angle so that you’ll never lose sight of the time.
Powering Grant is a L’Epée 1839 in-house designed and manufactured mechanical movement. With 155 components and 11 jewels, the manual-wound movement operates at 18,000 beats per hour and provides an impressive eight days of power reserve. Similar to a skull protecting the brain, the oscillating clock regulator sits beneath a clear dome on top of Grant for all to admire.
And because this is an MB&F apparatus we’re talking about, even the process of winding the movement and setting the time is eccentric. Grant has a grenade launcher on his right hand that when pulled out, reveals a double-depth square socket key to operate and charge the movement. On his left arm sits a spinning decorative disk for even more delightful distraction.
Grant is offered in three different versions: Grant Nickel, Grant Black and Grant Blue, with, as their names suggest, different colored accents.
Priced at CHF 22,000 (DHS 83,320), there are only 50 pieces available of each version and we would not be surprised if they sell out quickly. Holiday season is right around the corner and Grant would be an impressive gift to find under the tree.
Thanks to MB&F and L'Epée 1839, Grant reminds us that luxury timekeeping instruments, whether in the pocket, on the wrist, or in desk form, do not have to be formal and bland. With some imagination, they can be endlessly fun and incredibly creative too.