Watches, watches and more watches, well, for a change let’s talk about other classic devices that could tell you the time. How about a spruced up version of the age-old table clock. Sounds vintage now doesn’t it, but definitely adds the right flair to the ambience around it.
L’Epée – Celebrating 180 years!
We cannot discuss clocks and not talk about the oldest and probably the most important clock maker remaining in Switzerland today – L’Epée. Founded in 1839, the same year as Patek Philippe, L’Epée, has been creating continuous history on the world of Swiss clock-making for 180 years now.
From their various collaborations with MB&F and other manufacturers, this time around, to celebrate August 1st – the exact date that the Founder, August L’Epée, signed the status to establish the L’Epée Company, the brand has introduced a new version of its 15-inch long table clock with rubber wheels, an open clock display, and a “driver” formed by a helmeted enclosure for the clock’s balance – Time Fast D8 clock.
Now lets get behind the wheels of this L’Epée 1839 Time Fast. This vintage-inspired race car and a modern clock was designed by Georg Foster, a promising newcomer. Time Fast D8 is a limited edition: 100 pieces per body color, initially produced in Red, Blue, Green, Blue with white stripes and White with blue stripes versions.
However, the brand has now introduced a striking new model. This model has a major feature; beside its yellow colour inspired by the famous ‘Yellow Ferrari’ and chosen as a tribute to the history of the ‘L’Epée 1839’ carriage clock, this current race car bears the number 3 on its hood ; this configuration, with number 3 inset, was the missing numeral to complete 1839, date of foundation of L’Epée manufacture. In this way, collectors can merely display the cars as if they were on a parking area to highlight the year 1839.
The piece features a number of eye-catching details, such as the long protruding engine hood, the typical 1950s radiator grill, the large spoked wheels, the driving seat positioned to the rear and the sloping back section. Its overall sporty feel is reinforced by its elegant design, flawless finishes and fluid lines.
The name of the Time Fast D8 clearly conveys its technical aspirations, incorporating a motor that can last 8 days—or rather an in-house caliber with a 192-hour power reserve beating at 18,000 vibrations per hour.
This kinetic sculpture displays the hours and minutes like a race number, allowing the time to be easily read on the side of the chassis. A figure sits in the cockpit, where a glass dome, or rather a driver’s helmet, highlights the thrumming escapement. In front of him is the steering wheel, which adopts the three-spoke design typically seen in race cars, serving to set the time.
Meanwhile, in a subtle nod to childhood memories, the mechanical motor is wound just like a pull-back car. With 289 ultra-precise mechanical components finished with the greatest care, Time Fast promises its owner nothing but pure pleasure and sensations.
Measuring 38 cm long, 16 cm wide and 12 cm high and weighing just 4.7 kg, this race car is by no means lacking in stature and could easily have come straight from one of the greatest motorsports stables.
Time Fast D8 Yellow is a limited edition of 100 pieces.
|Limited Editions:||100 pieces per color|
|Power Reserve:||8 days|
|Mechanical Movement:||2.5 Hz 26 jewels|
|Winding & Time Setting:||Time set via counter-clockwise rotation of the steering wheel. Reverse the car to fill it up (Carefully wind the movement like a pull-bar car)|
|Dimensions:||38.5 cm long x 16 cm wide x 12 cm high|
|Materials:||Nickel- and palladium-plated brass, stainless steel Blown glass dome ; Front and rear bodywork in aluminium; Spoked rims in stainless steel; Tires in hard-wearing rubber|