Skulls, these days are not what they used to be. They don’t scare anyone and sometimes too fancy for their own good. L’Epée 1839, Swiss specialist of high-end kinetic clocks partnered with Kostas Metaxas to create an exceptional timepiece to take to Baselworld 2017. The skull-shaped L’Epée 1839 Requiem By Kostas Metaxas table clock with time displays in the sockets of the eye is 7.4 inches and weighs about 6 pounds.
Made from cast aluminium and mostly made in their Swiss workshops, the skull comes with two finishing options – a black version with movement in gold-plated brass and a silver version with an aluminium skull and palladium-plated movement. It is powered by in-house designed 1853 HMD movement with an 8-day power reserve and features two discs that display a “slow” jumping hour and sweeping minutes.
There is a bit of a religious believes going on with the Requiem design. For design inspirations, L’Epée 1839 team went back a few centuries and found Memento Mori, the Medieval Latin Christian that literally means “remember that you have to die”. It just wants you not to get too attached to material possessions and luxuries in this life, and give more thought to an eternal afterlife.
Design contributions from Kostas Metaxas came by way of sticking the brain of the clock aka the movement where it belongs – deep in the middle of the skull. Metaxas’ heart was set on setting the hour and time indicators in the eye socket because eyes see the time and the world go by.
Decorations on the skull include two crossed swords, the symbol of the brand, placed on the temples, such as openings on another temporal space, suggest the rhythmic oscillations of the escapement. It also has few openings to allow light through openings.
The L’Epée 1839 Requiem By Kostas Metaxas is the first piece in a new skull collection for the L’Épée 1839 brand. This is a limited edition with 50 pieces from each version.
Source: L’Epée 1839