The Arachnophobia Table Clock By MB&F Will Get The Time Scared Out Of You
MB&F and their products are always surprising, and that’s a good thing. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the brand has designed their latest creation in the form of a massive, time-telling spider called the MB&F Arachnophobia table clock. There’s way more to this beast than telling time, that’s for sure!
Inspired by an enormous sculpture, Maman by Louise Bourgeois, the MB&F Arachnophobia is obviously smaller but equally scary. The 405 mm MB&F Arachnophobia was named after the phobia or fear of spiders, which should will be accentuated once you hung this piece on the wall or you place it on the table.
Entering a dark room with the creepy ticking sound of the movement echoing inside, and getting a glimpse of the outlines of a massive creepy-crawler shaping up on the wall has never sounded scarier. The complex mechanism which powers the MB&F Arachnophobia includes 218 components, indicating the time through two hands that are mounted on the top of the spider’s back, curving down and following the contours of the arachnid’s torso.
Beneath the black dome of the spider’s back, a modified L’Epée 1839 clock movement gets things going, while the head of the spider ingeniously comprises the balance wheel and escapement. Featuring an impressive 8-day power reserve, the exquisite MB&F timepiece comes either in black or in a gold-plated version. Extending from the base of the spider’s abdomen are eight articulating legs, enabling the arachnid to stand proudly on your desk, windowsill, or sideboard.
Designers at MB&F decided that the only way to get the organic look necessary was to utilize injection molding. The gold-coated version features gilded brass legs, while the black variant boasts black lacquered aluminium.
As you’d expect, the MB&F Arachnophobia will not be easily purchased, as it comes with a price-tag of CHF15,300 for the black version, CHF17,200 for the gold one. This means somewhere between US$15,900 and US$18,200, respectively. Scary, I know!