Arachnophobia is the name of the last occurrence of MB&F. A powerful and penetrating watch, loyal reflection of the thinking tank of the Swiss watch firm that has already served a decade. A striking three-dimensional sculpture that is also a table and a wall clock with an impeccable finish. Conceived and designed by MB&F, and assembled and manufactured by L’Epée 1839 – the only manufacturer specialized in high precision and quality watches of Switzerland -, Arachnophobia is the product of the infinite imagination of Maximilian Büsser, founder of MB&F, and his passion for art.
It is inspired by a great spider-shaped sculpture called Maman, that Büsser had seen in Geneva and Doha. Maman (“Mama” in French) is the work of Louise Bourgeois (1911- 2010) and it’s made of bronze, stainless steel and marble. The monumental sculpture measures 9.27 x 8.91 x 10.24 meters and has been exhibited in several cities around the world. Büsser designed the exceptional and unusual concept with L’Epée, selecting a high-quality mechanism of the master watchmaker and reinventing it to make it the head and torso of a spider. The trunk is provided with a vaulted black cover where the white numbers draw the hours and minutes. It has a power reserve of eight days.
In each of the abdominal sides of Arachnophobia, where time is given, important mechanical processes take place: the head contains the balance wheel (plus a pair of jaws for if it feels hungry overnight), while the other side contains the barrel that impulses the movement. There are eight articulated legs joined to the abdomen through a spherical joint. These can rotate so that Arachnophobia can adopt an upright posture on a table, or extended, to be exposed on a wall. A third position will delight the lovers of arachnids: the front legs can be extended while the remaining six are in articulated position, so that an interesting and disturbing threatening position is drawn.
Arachnophobia is available in two colors: black and gold. Even depending on personal taste, the black version is more realistic and even more intimidating, while the gold model has a more sculptural artistic appearance. Arachnophobia measures 405 mm of diameter extension. It has a total of 218 pieces plus the rubies of the mechanism and has been manufactured and finished in the Swiss watchmaker workshop of L’Epée. Making legs of realistic appearance to faithfully reproduce the unusual design of MB&F was not easy. To do this, L’Epée found a solution that would ensure the realism and allow the joint. L’Epée chose an innovative solution to obtain the necessary geometry and chose the metal injection molding, a manufacturing process comprising injecting a melt material into a mold (here, metal). The golden model presents the legs bathed in gold, while the legs of the black model are made of cast aluminum, finished by hand and lacquered in black.