Imagine having just redecorated a room in your house, turning it into a home office, a study or perhaps even some sort of man cave. Then imagine you have all the kit you need for your everyday business to conduct in said room, but need a finishing touch. Something to tie in your love of watches and cars, and something that is also kind of a practical item. What would that be? Well, regardless of what you’re thinking of right now, L’Epée and Bucherer might have the perfect plaything for you. This is the ultra-cool L’Epée 1839 Time Fast Bucherer BLUE table clock!
L’Epée is a specialist clockmaking company born almost two centuries ago and the only manufacturer still dedicated to the craft of high-end table clocks in Switzerland. The company has survived by adapting to the passage of time and trends, creating everything from classic carriage clocks to highly contemporary table clocks. To us, the company is mostly known for its collaborative efforts with MB&F, resulting in some of the most original table clocks ever made. Just take a look at the Starfleet Explorer, the T-Rex table clock, or Grant the robot clock. Now though, L’Epée teams up with high-end retailer Bucherer to create a unique series of the Time Fast clock, all finished in signature Bucherer BLUE.
The Time Fast table clock is shaped like a single-seater race car from a bygone era. The cigar-shaped body and exposed wire wheels are reminiscent of the early post-war Grand Prix and Formula 1 cars. The body panels are made of aluminium, and hand-finished with automotive lacquer in signature Bucherer BLUE with white “go-faster” racing stripes. The grill and wheels are finished in blue as well, and there’s a pair of exhaust tips sticking out the back. The right-hand side of the car reveals a plaque with the engraved logos of L’Epée and Bucherer BLUE.
The time is visible on the left-hand side of the car. The two black and white cylinders for the hours and minutes rotate as time progresses. The entire movement is made in-house by L’Epée and is wound by pulling back the car similar to a friction toy car. It even moves forward a little bit if you release it! No worries, it won’t race off of your desk as we’re talking about an inch or two at best. The L’Epée Calibre 1855 features plates that are shaped like cylinder banks and all the gears and levers can be seen working when wound or set. The escapement is visible under the hand-blown glass dome, doubling as the “driver”. The power reserve is 8 days, similar to most mechanical table clocks. Setting the clock is done by turning the steering wheel.
The entire thing measures just under 40cm in length and 16cm in width and weighs 4.7 kilos so take that into account when figuring out where to put it. The L’Epée 1839 Time Fast Bucherer BLUE edition is limited to just 18 pieces and will retail for CHF 33,000.
Technical specifications – L’Epee 1839 Time Fast Bucherer Blue
Case: 38.5cm long x 16cm wide x 12cm high – weight 4.7kg – nickel and palladium-plated brass, stainless steel, blown glass dome – Bucherer Blue automotive paint on aluminium bodywork with white “go-faster” stripes – rubber wheels with stainless steel spokes (blued) – round plaque engraved with L’Epee and Bucherer Blue logo
Dial: two engraved steel discs on side of the car with black background and white numerals behind round “aperture” to resemble a racing car’s starting number
Movement: L’Epée calibre 1855 MHD – in-house, tiered, manual-winding movement – Incabloc protection system – 2.5Hz – 26 jewels – 8-day power reserve
Winding & Setting: time is set using the steering wheel – movement is wound by pulling rear wheels backwards (pull-back friction system used on toy cars)
Availability: Limited series of 18 pieces