Monday, March 27, 2017

L’EPÉE 1839 – REQUIEM by Kostas Metaxas Ttable Clock Edition

L’EPÉE 1839Creative Art REQUIEM by Kostas Metaxas Skull Ttable Clock Limited Edition

Over 170 years of history and passion

Baselworld 2017

Celebrate life with a kinetic sculpture that tells the time

For this new edition of Baselworld, L'Epée 1839 unveils Requiem: a table clock with an 8-day movement designed in partnership with Kostas Metaxas. This limited edition takes its inspiration from the shape of a human skull and displays the time in the sockets of the eye.

Requiem is a table clock designed and manufactured by L’Epée 1839, Swiss specialist of high-end kinetic clocks. It measures nearly 19 centimeters (7.4 inches) high and weighs about 2 kilograms (6 pounds). It is made of cast aluminum which is then perfectly finished off in the Swiss workshops of L'Epée 1839. Two skull finishings are available: a black skull associated with a movement in gold-plated brass, or a silver color version: aluminum skull and palladium-plated movement. The new movement is an internally designed 1853 HMD caliber with an 8-day power reserve. This new movement features two discs that display a "slow" jumping hour and sweeping minutes.

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Opting for a timeless artistic genre: Memento Mori, L’Epée 1839 and the designer take on a graphic and technical challenge. Memento Mori, literally translated as "Remember that you are going to die", reminds Man of the humility he must show in the face of eternity.

Kostas Metaxas has chosen to place a horological mechanism deep in the center of the skull, representative of a brain which is master of its destiny but encapsulated. Symbols of intimate ties uniting life and time. The eyes, on the other hand, are spectators of time passing and quite naturally the hour invites itself in the eye sockets. The reading of the hours and minutes is achieved by two transparent discs placed respectively in the right eye and the left eye. So you must face your fears and look at Requiem in the eyes ... to know.... the time.

The protective housing formed by the skull around the movement allows only a few reflections of light to filter through openings: two crossed swords, symbol of the brand, placed on the temples, such as openings on another temporal space, suggest the rhythmic oscillations of the escapement.

The first piece in the new Skull artistic collection, L'Épée 1839 deliberately wanted this emblematic table clock to remain sober, modern and visually delicate.

Requiem is a limited edition of 50 pieces per configuration: black skull and golden movement, or aluminum skull and palladium movement (silver color).


Composed of 160 pieces entirely designed, finished and assembled in the workshops of L’Epée 1839 (except the 24 rubies), the movement is available in two finishings: gold or palladium.

The hour and minutes are displayed inside the eyes, thanks to a system of discs on which the time indications are stamped. L’Epée 1839 adds a whole new complication to its 8-day movement: the disc mechanism displays a "slow" jumping hour and sweeping minutes respectively.

In the presence of a conventional jumping hour indication, it is difficult to know whether the jump has already taken place or not. It is therefore possible to misread the time. In order to avoid this, L’Epée 1839 developed a "slow" jumping hour. As a result of this complication, the hour disk remains stationary during the first 55 minutes of an hour; Then, rather than jumping instantly, it starts to slowly turn five minutes before the new hour. This gradual jump is more easily noticed and the reading of the time is made easier.

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With an 8-day power reserve, Requiem has to be rewound each week, so offering an intimate moment with its symbolic, thanks to a key specifically placed at the base of the skull, as to represent an essential axis in the human being. From the nape of the neck or more precisely from the cervical plexus in Humans, all information, wills and decisions will be sent to the organs and members. Here, it is the energy necessary for the proper functioning of the table clock which is transmitted through this gesture. The unique key also allows you to set the time.


Far from the traditional clock, these 2 kilograms of skull can disturb even in all of its sobriety. Two swords were engraved on the sides of the aluminum skull to let in the light and give reflections to the movement. The jaw designed to be very realistic is composed of 24 independent teeth.

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Each story, each life, each skeleton is unique, bearing the stigmata of time. To make the timepiece even more realistic, L’Epée 1839 has deliberately left small defects, specifically, individually and harmoniously located on each skull, as a sign of life, leaving you to imagine a story and making each timepiece totally unique.

The skull rests on two pillars, recalling the two trapezius muscles, in the middle of which the key is positioned. The aluminum base ensures the stability of the clock.


L’EPEE 1839 – the premier clock manufacture in Switzerland

For over 175 years, L'Epée has been at the forefront of watch and clock making. Today, it is the only specialized manufacture in Switzerland dedicated to making high-end clocks. L'Epée was founded in 1839, initially to make music box and watch components, by Auguste L’Epée who set up the business near Besançon, France. The L’Epée hallmark was that all parts were made entirely by hand.

From 1850 onwards, the manufacture became a leading light in the production of ‘platform’ escapements, creating regulators especially for alarm clocks, table clocks and musical watches. By 1877, it was making 24,000 platform escapements annually. The manufacture became a well-known specialist owning a large number of patents on special escapements such as anti-knocking, auto-starting and constant-force escapements and the chief supplier of escapements to several celebrated watchmakers of the day. L'Epée has won a number of gold awards at International Exhibitions.

During the 20th century, L'Epée owed much of its reputation to its superlative carriage clocks and, for many, L'Epée was the clock of the influential and powerful; it was also the gift of choice by French government officials to elite guests. In 1976 when the Concorde supersonic aircraft entered commercial service, L'Epée wall clocks were chosen to furnish the cabins, providing passengers with visual feedback of the time. In 1994, L'Epée showed its thirst for a challenge when it built the world's biggest clock with compensated pendulum, the Giant Regulator. At 2.2m high, it weighs 1.2 tons – the mechanical movement alone weighs 120kg – and required 2,800 man-hours of work.

L'Epée is now based in Delémont in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Under the guidance of CEO Arnaud Nicolas, L’Epée 1839 has developed an exceptional table clock collection, encompassing a range of sophisticated classic Carriage Clocks, Contemporary Design Clocks (Le Duel, La Tour,…) and avant-garde horological sculptures (Sherman, Starfleet Machine, Arachnophobia, Balthazar…). This last collection, named the “Art line” collection, was launched for its 175th Anniversary, is intended to shock, evoke and inspire people, not to toe the line. L’Epée clocks feature complications including retrograde seconds, power reserve indicators, perpetual calendars, tourbillons and striking mechanisms – all designed and manufactured in-house. Ultra-long power reserves have become a signature of the brand as well as superlative fine finishing


Reference   76.6003/114 - Black
Reference  76.6003/104 - Aluminium
Limited edition: 2 x 50 pieces

Weight: 1.1 kg
Materials: machined cast aluminum
Finishings: black lacquer, or raw aluminum, and colorless protective varnish
Jaws: 12 molars and 12 incisors
Dimensions: 19 cm high x 12 cm wide x 16 cm deep
Weight: 1.9 kg
Total components: 194 pieces

The hour and minutes are displayed in the eyes of the skull with two stamped discs.
L’Epée 1839 movement developed and manufactured in our own workshops

1853 HMD caliber
Single barrel
Power Reserve: 8 days
Number of components: 160 pieces
Rubis: 24
Incabloc Anti-Shock System
Movement dimensions:
Materials: brass and stainless steel
Finishings: gold plated or palladium plated
Manual winding of movement actuated by a specially designed key


An aluminum column system connects the skull to the base on which the movement is fixed.
The unique key for Requiem’s time setting and manual rewinding interlocks directly between the columns.

Requiem is available in two versions:
  • Black version: black skull and golden movement
  • Silver version: aluminum skull and palladium movement

For more information:

L'Epée 1839
Rue saint Maurice 1
2800 Delémont
(+41) 032 421 94 00
Emmanuelle Mary


Lebeau-Courally – MICRO-ROTOR II

Lebeau-CourallyMICRO-ROTOR II


Lebeau-Courally presents second series of its “Manufacture” collection – the Micro II. This new movement, wholly designed, manufactured, and assembled in-house at Le Locle, is fitted with a micro-rotor. It has already been used in four limited editions engraved in Liège, the beating heart of Lebeau-Courally. The new, manufacture caliber is also being made available to third-party firms.

In 2012, Lebeau-Courally was bought out by the Ide family from Belgium, thereby becoming wholly independent. Three years later, in 2015, the family also acquired the IMH manufacture in Le Locle. In 2016, Lebeau-Courally unveiled its first all in-house movement, the Moon Phase. And now, in March 2017, Lebeau- Courally is unveiling its latest 100%-manufacture development – the Micro II.

Micro refers to the fact that the central feature of our movement is a micro-rotor; the IIdenotes the fact that it’s our second all in-house development, explains Laurens Peeters, Lebeau-Courally’s manager.The Micro II is a key milestone for us: it really is a foundational caliber, on which we’ll be building the future of our forthcoming Manufacture collections.

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Beating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and equipped with a three day power reserve (Appx 72 hours), the movement – only 30 mm in diameter and a mere 3.1 mm thick – displays the hours and minutes in the centre, with a small seconds display at 9 o’clock. Initially, it will be used in four limited editions totalling 45 pieces in all: two series in red gold and two in steel, each available in engraved and non-engraved options.

The engraving will be carried out in Liège, the world capital of precision engraving, at Lebeau-Courally’s headquarters. The timepieces themselves will be designed, built, assembled, and tested in Le Locle, thus easily exceeding the minimum legal requirements to qualify as Swiss Made. The first Micro II collections will be available in September 2017. The basic movement is also available to third-party brands, and is already being marketed and delivered.


The Micro-Rotor is the next step in the fusion of the master crafts that lie embedded in Lebeau-Courally’s DNA. It combines state-of-the-art skills: those of the Lebeau-Courally watch manufacture in Le Locle, and those at the workshop in Liège, home to centuries of expertise in the creation, on commission, of exclusive hunting arms for art collectors and connoisseurs.

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 Built around a new automatic caliber that facilitates the creation of ultra-slim, elegant, Swiss Made watches, the Micro-Rotor features new aesthetics and a bespoke personality created by the master engravers in the Liège ateliers, together with ultimate watch performance.


For its second range of manufacture watches, Lebeau-Courally has developed a new movement, destined to become the foundation for additional watch models in the future: the Micro II. The main challenge faced by our Swiss watchmaking atelier was to create a robust, reliable basis for slimmer, more elegant watches, whilst also ensuring all the comfort and precision of a traditional self-winding caliber.
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The watch face of the Lebeau-Courally Micro-Rotor exudes elegance and sobriety, enhancing its clarity and ease of use. With its central hours and minutes hands, plus a seconds hand at nine o’ clock, the Micro-Rotor performs its sole function – that of telling the time – with admirable clarity. What is more, the austere design offers the perfect setting for optional, bespoke engraving by the Lebeau-Courally Manufacture in Liège.

Technical details


Power reserve: 72 hours
Automatic winding
28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
Pointing 20.5
28 jewels
Number of components: 166
Technical Specifications for the MICRO II Calibre
Shape and type
• Round caliber
• Power reserve: 72 hours
• Automatic winding
• 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
• Pointing 20.5
• 28 jewels
• Number of components: 166
Dimensions in mm
• Overall diameter 30.6 mm
• Casing fitting diameter 30 mm
• Movement thickness: 3.1 mm
• Analogue display: Central
hours and minutes hands,
seconds hand at 9 o’clock
• Micro-rotor
 Setting and adjustment
• Winding stem with
2 positions
1. Running and manual winding
2. Time setting

  • Steel Case 42 MM
Anthracite dial with Arabic numerals
Large hands: hours and minutes
Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
Power reserve: 72 hours
Sapphire crystal and caseback
Black crocodile skin strap, hand-sewn, steel clasp
Suggested retail price: 8,500 CHF (all taxes included)
  • Red Gold Case 42MM
Anthracite dial with Arabic numerals
Large hands: hours and minutes
Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
Power reserve: 72 hours
Sapphire crystal and caseback
Black crocodile skin strap, hand-sewn, red gold clasp
Suggested retail price: 19,000 CHF (all taxes included)

  • Engraved - Steel Case 42MM
Part-openwork anthracite dial with Arabic numerals, acanthus pattern hand engraving by the Lebeau-Courally master crafts manufacture in Liège
Large hands: hours and minutes
Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
Power reserve: 72 hours
Sapphire crystal and caseback
Black crocodile skin strap, hand-sewn, steel clasp
Suggested retail price: 11,500 CHF (all taxes included)

  • Engraved - Red Gold Case 42 MM
Part-openwork anthracite dial with Arabic numerals, acanthus pattern hand engraving by the Lebeau-Courally master crafts manufacture in Liège
Large hands: hours and minutes
Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
Power reserve: 72 hours
Sapphire crystal and caseback
Black crocodile skin strap, hand-sewn, red gold clasp
Suggested retail price: 22,000 CHF (all taxes included)

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