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Balthazar

January 23, 2018
MB&F - Balthazar
  • MB&F - Balthazar
  • MB&F - Balthazar
  • MB&F - Balthazar
  • MB&F - Balthazar
  • MB&F - Balthazar
  • MB&F - Balthazar

Don't let this little piece of clockwork fool you. In your eyes, you may only see a clock intriguingly formed like a robot. However, deep inside the layers of its mechanical construction is a solid piece of micro-engineering, brilliantly made up of 618 components, all working with high accuracy. If you think about it, Balthazar has more pieces than the complicated watches you wear on your wrist.

The magic about this quaint little engineering is the movement, which a giant step away from the one L’Epée has first created for Melchior. It must be known that the two brands have first worked on the robot-clock series before. The second time, however, is always better. Now, Balthazar possesses a double hemisphere moon phase, making this nifty time-telling buddy to be 30% taller than the original Melchior. Also, an additional gear train was attached with the regulator and the rest of the clockwork to ensure that everything is in place.

MB&F reveals that Balthazar is "heavier than he looks, but his entire engineering is far more remarkable. manipulating the joints and the moon phase complication was delicate and requires dexterity from a master watchman. The result, however, is phenomenal. When you move Balthazar, it is like you are gently closing a high-end sedan's door. Thanks to the highly excellent engineering, the sensation that comes from this robot is something that you can feel deeply, truly.

Balthazar is not something you would just look at. Its joints move in many ways that is surprising, and the little actions caused by the gear is something you'd like to see over and over again. The double-depth square socket is integrated into the sheath, which slips out of its concealed sheath with a clockwork accuracy. The ruby-red eyes of this lovely machine is set into Balthazar's skull. They're not just for design; these are actually bearings that support the 20-second retrograde vistas which are displayed on the other side of his face.

The normal jumping hour indication can only be viewed between five minutes to the hour and five minutes past. In order to solve that problem, L’Epée made a slower version of the jumping hour, where the hour disc remains still for 55 minutes and then gradually start to turn five minutes before the hour. A regulator, found in Balthazar's brain, is actually an Incabloc shock protection system which minimizes the risk to the whole body when it is transported. This aspect is exclusively seen in wristwatches.

Beautifully dandy, Balthazar comes off with paramount finishing, with Geneva waves, mirror polishes, satin finishing and sand blasting, only common to high end horlogerie.

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