MB&F’s got an eight-legged, eight-day clock that will make you look twice


Text: Angelyn Kwek

Meet the Octopod, your new haute horlogerie conversation piece

It would seem we're not out of the water yet, because MB&F has dropped another cephalopod-inspired piece aptly called the 'Octopod'. In their exploration of aquatic themes and marine chronometers, this idiosyncratic horology version of the octopus is watchmaking genius meets Mother Nature in the most mind-blowing fashion. Besides being hypnotised eight times over by its sleekly gleaming 'tentacles', here are three other reasons this conversation clock piece is the mechanical pet octopus you never knew you wanted:

1. It looks like an octopus, and it moves like one
With L'Epée 1839, the premier Swiss clock maker, helming the construction of the Octopod, you get an amazing freedom of movement with all of its limbs. Its articulated legs let it stand and crouch, with each individual leg adjustable to varying heights so that the Octopod can pretty much cling to every surface — just like a real octopus. A button in each leg locks and unlocks the articulating mechanism, so you can pose your Octopod however you like in the most outlandish of positions.

MB&F Octopod

2. It's bubble-headed, albeit without the squish
Once you're able to move past its legs, your attention will gravitate to the 'head', which is made from a transparent bubble that's completely spherical. And this is where the horological wonder resides, containing a pulsating escapement that regulates the clock's precision, mounted on (surprise, surprise) the minute hand instead of the usual stationary movement plates. The calibre is similarly L'Epée produced, and is an entirely new eight-day movement with a double-depth square socket key that sets and winds the time.

MB&F Octopod

3. It goes glub glub, even when it's not under the sea
By that we mean that the Octopod's clockwork looks like it's suspended in water, seemingly pulling off a floating-not-floating appearance. This is credit to a transparent glass sheet that acts as the movement's baseplate, which has been treated with a film of anti-reflective coating on both sides so that it becomes virtually invisible to the eye. It's like a real octopus' camouflage ability — and the Octopod certainly isn't without its own concealment tricks.


The Octopod is available in 3 limited editions of 50 pieces each in black PVD, blue PVD, and palladium silver at authorised retailer The Hour Glass.

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