From the formidable imagination of Max Busser and Friends comes this wonderful work of art. The T-Rex is a stainless-steel desk clock made by premier Swiss clockmaker L’Épée 1839, but with a body that’s a minimalist clock-face of Murano glass and steel, suspended between two jointed legs that end in taloned feet, the T-Rex bears a slight physical resemblance to the eponymous king of dinosaurs.
Reanimating A Timepiece with Prehistoric Ideas
The T-Rex was first introduced earlier this year as a unique piece that had been specially customised for Only Watch, the world’s most high-profile charity watch auction. Well, actually, the timepiece MB&F contributed was unique variant called Tom & T-Rex, with a tiny rider sitting on top of the clock to symbolise the children who suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy and are the beneficiaries of the Only Watch charity auction.
The legs of T-Rex are modelled directly on actual Tyrannosaurus Rex bones, using 3D scans of fossilised dinosaur skeletons as references to create verisimilitude in the final design. Alternating polished and sandblasted segments allow light to interact with the legs in such a way that make T-Rex seem agile and coiled to move, although the entire clock itself weighs approximately 2kg and its joints are fixed in place for stability.
For the central body two slim steel hands arch outwards from the centre of the Murano glass dial, indicating the hours and minutes. Behind the dial is a 138-component movement by L’Épée 1839, crowned by a balance beating at the rate of 2.5Hz (18,000vph). The clock is wound with a key at the back of the movement for a maximum power reserve of eight days, while time-setting is accomplished at the centre of the dial with the same key. Three hundred examples of this timepiece will be available, a hundred for each colour of Murano glass dial in green, deep blue or red.