Saturday, September 5, 2015

MB&F unveils a $16,000 mechanical spider that tells time


This massive, time-telling spider from luxury watchmaker MB&F costs $15,900. It's based on the famous Louise Bourgeois sculpture, is made entirely in Switzerland, and, of course, tells the time in the most elaborate and complicated way possible. Called the Arachnophobia, for obvious reasons, this limited-edition timepiece can also be installed on a wall... just like most arachnids. 

According to MB&F, "The spider's head and torso is a modified high-end L'Epée clock movement boasting a power reserve of 8 days. The body's black dome and white numerals display the hours and minutes. At either end of Arachnophobia's abdomen, important mechanical processes take place: the head houses the regulator with its oscillating balance wheel (and a set of jaws), while the other end contains the mainspring barrel powering the movement."

If the Arachnophobia gives you the creeps don't worry, very few of us who adore high-end timepieces will ever be able to afford them. You can have the more eye-catching 18k gold-plated edition for $18,200, in case you're wondering.

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