There are few things that can thrill the boy in us more than an automatic timepiece whistling with complications. But leave it to MB&F to realise yet another one of the fantasies we never knew we had. They, in conjunction with Swiss manufacture L’Epee, have once again put tank treads on a clock. Tank treads. That work. And the damn thing changes configuration a la Transformers, just because it can.

From watchful to battle-ready. Those familiar with WWII references may realise that the “Grant” moniker was borrowed from the M3 tank.

The 22,000 CHF (S$31,000) Grant Robot  clock is a showpiece that’ll hold down a desk corner by itself. In any of its 3 positions, the “time shield” can be adjusted so its proud owner can comfortably read the time off it. A glass dome houses the “brain” and the bulk of the 268 components, so styled such that admiring guests can ogle at the Swissmade movement with a power reserve of 8 days.

It’s armed with a grenade launcher and a spinning sawblade, so it’s definitely Robot Wars ready. Twist out the launcher and you’ll find the key to wind and adjust the clock with.

Tilt the time shield back and you get an intimidating, otherworldly visage, topped with the crystal dome “brain”.

“Why?” they naysayers might quiz of such an extravagant exercise.

The answer, as usually is the case for Maximillian Busser’s creations, is “why not.” Just watch the damn thing deploy (and fold) in place, and see if you don’t want one of the editions on your desk.

Limited to 50 pieces per colour variant: Nickel, Black and Blue. Register your interest and get more info here.




written by.
Xiangjun Liao
XJ is the associate digital editor and works the F&B, tech, watch and motoring beats. Correspondingly, he's an alcoholic carnivore with a boyish fascination for all things mechanical. No prizes for guessing which Jaguar he wishes to commandeer.

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