Digital hours and minutes are displayed on continuously rotating aluminium cylinders with engraved numerals and markings
L’Épée 1839 caliber 1853.BAS designed and manufactured in-house
8 days, one barrel
257 mm diameter – 12 faces: 145 mm height; 281 mm total height
Palladium-plated brass,Stainless steel,Anodized aluminum
The entire lander body and leg structure are in aluminium – just like the actual lunar lander. To maintain lightness and portability it borrows from aerospace engineering and uses structural lightening in the outrigger legs, the seesaw structure, and the fuselage body.
The clock is very stable thanks to the large brass landing pads at the bottom of the outriggers, which are diamond polished and available in palladium or gold plating. The clock features a variety of finishes including satin blasted, polished, brushed, painted and anodized, as well as hand painting on the characters riding the seesaw. The astronauts, aliens, UFO, and fighter jets are all meticulously hand painted for added details.
On the bottom of the lander body are the scientific instruments and propulsion with stainless steel engine nozzles, anodized satellite dish and anemometer, as well as the black PVD “L’Epee 1839” flag of peace and exploration. Inside the fuselage is the custom 8-day caliber 1853.BAS designed to fit inside the Space Clock and developed to drive the mechanical seesaw animation.
The figures seesaw back and forth every 20 seconds taking 40 seconds for a full cycle. As the figures rise and fall thanks to their cooperation in play, the entire seesaw rotates counter-clockwise along a central axis, completing one rotation every 10 minutes.
Just below the upper observation deck, underneath a large mineral glass observation dome, where astronauts and aliens play together, the time is displayed on two anodized and laser engraved cylinders. The minutes pass by quickly on the top level while the hours creep by below. But when you are playing with a seesaw on a spaceship, time really flies when you are having fun.
Space Clock comes in three main configurations based on the figures highlighted under the dome. For international cooperation there is an animation with two astronauts of earth, for interstellar cooperation there is an animation with an astronaut and a space alien, and for those that love aerospace above all else, the final configuration sees a fighter jet and a UFO flying around the observation deck.Time setting and winding is accomplished with a key via portholes on the side of the fuselage; time setting on the second level of the movement, winding on the lower. Number of components: 364