Over the last couple of years, the partnership between MB&F and L’Epée 1839 has spawned several incredible creations with unique designs, including the Sherman robo-watch and the Octopod table clock. The two Swiss brands have collaborated once again to introduce a new out-of-this-world desk clock called the Starfleet Explorer. The latest offering is a smaller, more compact rendition of the Starfleet Machine that came out in 2014 and features several updates over the original table clock. Designed by MB&F and created by L’Epée 1839, the Starfleet Explorer measures 16.5cm x 11cm and is available in three different colors of blue, green, and red. In addition to that, the futuristic timepiece comes with three small spacecraft in orbit around a movement that rotates every five minutes.
At the top of the timepiece is a disc in which the minutes are marked in five-minute intervals. The disc rotates every 60 minutes and time is indicated through a brightly colored fixed hand. Underneath it is a conical chapter ring that showcases the hours. Instead of the ring rotating, a hand featuring the same bright color rotates around it every 12 hours. Powering the watch is a hand-wound movement and operates at 18,000 vibrations per hour with 8 days of power reserve. A double-ended key is used to set the time and to wind the movement. The entire structure of the watch is held up off the ground on three vertical steel arcs. Each colorway is limited to just 99 examples and the price is set at CHF 9,990 (about $10,500).