L’Epée is the only manufacturer in Switzerland specializing in high-end handmade clocks. They have been ruling the world for over 175 years with their magnificent timepieces and now are taking control of Planet Earth with their latest kinetic creation – Gaz Derrick. The L’Epée 1839 Gaz Derrick is a table clock inspired by the industrial machinery used in natural gas extraction and joins other works of horology such as Starfleet Machine, Destination Moon, and Octopod.
Just as rich mineral resources are extracted from beneath the ground to fuel the need for power, the Gaz Derrick by L’Epée 1839 runs on the energy of its barrel located inside the black base, underneath the derrick. Gaz Derrick has a time regulator with its actuator gear train and escapement similar to the system of pressure relief valve regulators used in the petroleum industry. The way you adjust overpressure to maintain safe installation in a gas burner; in the L’Epée 1839 Gaz Derrick, the time-set crown allows you to adjust the hour in case the power supply runs out (if the owner forgets to wind the mechanism).
The key drilling axis element of a derrick becomes the central axis for the hour and minute hands, displaying all information to the user as though it were a derrick. Gaz Derrick has two dials in the shape of manometers displaying the hour and minutes. The hands feature Superluminova so that you can read the time regardless of the lighting because you know, drilling rigs must run day and night, especially in this 14.3 cm tall table derrick. This timepiece is a remarkably real portrayal of the actual derrick mechanism and the inspiration has transcended into the detail of every element in this clock.
The complex movements of the Gaz Derrick allow for precise timekeeping for up to 7 days. Made up of 281 fine pieces and expertly assembled by hand to make a homogeneous and realistic structure, relying on the high-quality workmanship courtesy of L’Epée 1839’s age-old expertise. The mechanisms are visible through potholes, a signature style that L’Epée uses so that the intricate craftsmanship can be admired. Gaz Derrick is available in two limited editions (50 pieces each) with a black base; the movement and elements are either yellow gold- or palladium-plated. L’Epée has truly nailed the symbolism with this piece with valves, pipelines, reservoirs, pumps, and even a central drilling axis! More on L’Epée.