MB&F’s whimsical series of sci-fi desk clocks has a new, supremely mobile and tactile champion, Grant.
by James Buttery
A desktop off-roader prepared for any workplace eventuality, Grant is a transforming, tracked vehicle that also happens to house an 8-Day desk clock.
MB&F’s co-creations whether they are clocks like Octopod, music boxes or weather stations like The Fifth Element seem to fit firmly into one of two categories; epic, immoveable objects that demand your attention (Balthazar, we’re looking at you) or spritely playthings. Grant takes pole position in the latter category as, despite it needing a push to get it moving, it beats Kelys and Chirp for straight-line speed thanks to its three working rubber tank tracks.
The clock’s escapement, which beats at 18,000vph, and its glass dome form Grant’s head whilst a shield on its back represents the dial. No doubt taking inspiration from Transformers, Grant also rests in three positions; low-profile, 45 degrees and upright, giving Grant three distinct silhouettes and ensuring the dial is always legible, wherever it is placed.
Just like the WWII-era M3 tank it was named after Grant is also armed to the teeth, with a free-spinning ‘cutting wheel’ in one hand and a ‘grenade launcher’ in the other. The detachable grenade launcher is actually the clock’s winding and setting key. Grant’s 268 components weigh in at 2.34kg and 50 pieces of each of the three colour options – nickel, black and blue – have been made.
While Grant might not be MB&F’s most charismatic machines to date (that honour goes to Kelys and Chirp), nor its most imposing (Melchior?) it does add one attribute to the Co-Creation line-up, namely mobility, making it as much an executive toy as a clock.
MB&F’s clocks are born out of the fevered imagination and half-remembered childhood memories of brand founder Max Busser and honed from the metal by clockmakeing partner, L’Epee 1839.
MB&F’s partnership with the Delémont-based clockmaker is now nine ‘machines’ strong, ranging from Starfleet Machine and Anachnophobia through to Destination Moon and Sherman.