The first thing that MB&F would like for us to establish, is that the word is ‘octopuses’ not ‘octopi’. Secondly that octopuses don’t have eight legs. Rather they have two legs and six arms. Just as any other creature uses its legs for getting about, the octopus, too, has its two appendages that it uses for movement and the remaining six to interact and manipulate its surroundings with.
But enough about grammar and scientific facts, let’s get to some MB&F facts. So yes, if the Octopod vaguely reminds you of yet another clock that MB&F made in partnership with Switzerland’s revered clock maker, L’Epée 1839, you would be thinking about the Arachnophobia.
A table/wall clock made to look like a spider, which had this dome-shaped body where time could be read, its head that held the clock’s regulating organ and — the most dramatic aspect of it all — its eight articulating limbs.
The clock being announced today is, of course, fashioned to look like a sea dwelling cephalopod with, again, eight articulating limbs to pose the creature as your heart desires. Its domed head bears its time keeping mechanisms.
The level-up on MB&F’s part with the Octopod is that it’s clear dome head actually is able to move in a 360-degree motion, in all directions. But this it manages while keeping the clock’s display, always in a readable plane.
How is this possible? Well the clock’s time mechanism uses a crystal clear base plate, heavily treated with anti-reflective coating on all sides, such that the going train seems like it is afloat in space. Furthermore, the baseplate is held by a multi-axis stabilizer — or, gimbal — such that the base plate is held upright no matter how you end up articulating the Octopod’s head.
However, here’s the kicker, and the most mind-boggling quality about the Octopod: It is that the going train’s regulating organ, on this particular clock, is part of the minute hand of the clock. Making the clock — albeit not in the traditional sense — a tourbillon of sorts.
Now, the Octopod will be produced in three variations: black PVD, blue PVD, and palladium (silver). 50 pieces per type will be made.
Technical Specifications: MB&F Octopod
L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured manual winding movement; hours and minutes, with regulating organ mounted on minute hand; 192-hour power reserve.
Two Polycarbonate hemispheres; legs and frame made of stainless steel, nickel and palladium plated brass.