After search for a beautiful vintage desktop weather station didn’t bring any results, MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser decided to develop his own. Created in collaboration with L’Epée 1839, the only manufacture of high-end clocks in Switzerland, the Fifth Element is an intergalactic horological weather station enabling accurate weather forecasting even when the power goes down. Four elements: clock, barometer, hygrometer, and thermometer combine in a mothership (with Ross, the alien pilot) to create an entity much larger than the sum of its parts.
Four removable and interchangeable instrument Elements make up the Fifth Element, Clock Element provides the accurate time for meteorological observations. For the Fifth Element, L’Epée 1839 reengineered and skeletonised their 8-day clock movement to maximize transparency and visual access. Barometer Element, which measures air pressure, is the mainstay of weather forecasting: as a general rule, increasing air pressure foretells good clear weather, decreasing air pressure portends inclement weather. The faster the change, the more extreme the coming weather. Hygrometer Element measures the percentage of water vapour in the air. Thermometer Element displays the average kinetic energy of a substance: the higher the temperature, the higher the energy.
L’Epée 1839 mastered the precision manufacturing of the complex series of curves and circles within circles that make up the large structure. The Fifth Element is operated by Ross, the alien pilot who rotates around the UFO’s cockpit checking that the skies are clear of both clouds and hostile invaders. L’Epée created a second independent clockwork mechanism supported on bearings in the base and activated by a pushbutton. This starts Ross slowly rotating around the mothership.
The Fifth Element is available in 3 limited editions of 18 pieces each in Black, Silver and Blue.
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