Unfortunately, the data transition of this blog didn’t go as well as I hoped for. Picture files from January 8th until February 8th were somehow deleted. I am trying to restore them as I go along, this page will be completely renewed in the coming weeks anyhow. Below you see a restored picture, but I need to restore about 100 pictures altogether. The good news is that all the rest of the data is safe. Stay tuned for a great new blog and site at this location.
MoonMachine 2 is part of MB&F’s ‘Performance Art’ series: those rare occasions when MB&F asks an external creator to reinterpret one of their existing pieces. For this one, MB&F brought back their very special friend from Finland, the talented watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva. Back in 2012, Stepan had already transformed their HM3 Frog into the first MoonMachine. Six years later, he’s turned their Horological Machine No.8 into MoonMachine 2: the world’s first projected moon phase indicator.
“Projected” moon phase indicator? Indeed – HM8 features the unique combination of mechanical movement + optical prism display system also found on the HM5 and HMX. But for this very special piece, in addition to the jumping hours and trailing minutes, Stepan has added a moon phase complication. When you glance at the time on the lateral display, you are in fact looking at a projected image of the hour, minute and moon phase discs. An optical illusion of sorts!
For those who know Stepan’s work, you’ll immediately recognize his unmistakable moon face, modeled after his own face – or is it his grandmother’s? For MoonMachine 2, Stepan has created his smallest moons ever – a real technical challenge, due to their extreme dimensions, as thin as 0.07mm. Other typical Sarpaneva elements are the titanium web rotor design and the various “korona” shaped elements.