Weighing in at over 8 kg and standing 40 cm tall, Balthazar is a sophisticated and imposing high-precision robot clock composed of 618 beautifully finished, micro-engineered components.
But beware... Balthazar hides two sides, as there are in all of us.
Limited edition of 50 pieces in each color.
Balthazar: The Duality of Man and Machine
MB&F + L’Epée 1839
Balthazar is a sophisticated and imposing high-precision robot clock displaying jumping hours, retrograde seconds and a 35-day power reserve. Weighing in at over eight kilograms (18 pounds) and standing nearly 40 centimetres tall (16 inches), Balthazar is composed of 618 beautifully finished, micro-engineered components.
But beware . . . there is also a dark side to Balthazar, as there is in all of us.
Rotate his torso 180 degrees and discover a terrifying Balthazar, along with a dual hemisphere moon phase indicator that should help you anticipate the evolutions of your mood. To quote Darth Vader in Star Wars, "If you only knew the power of the dark side."
Light side: boasting a month-busting 35 days of power reserve, Balthazar's clockwork displays "slow" jumping hours and trailing minutes via two discs on the chest, while the power reserve indicator is located on his belly. This side of Balthazar may be serene, but he is still always on guard: his red eyes, which continually scan the surroundings, are actually 20-second retrograde displays.
Moving higher still to Balthazar's "brain" under the polished glass dome, we find the precision regulator of the clockwork. The animated balance constantly oscillates to let you know that while he may be standing still, Balthazar is always calculating.
Balthazar rotates around the hips like the high-precision machine that he is; you can feel the miniscule bumps of each micro-roller as he turns, and each distinct notch when he rotates the full 180°. Then everything changes: smiling Balthazar becomes very dark, or vice versa.
Dark side: The absolute nature of Balthazar's darkness is revealed by the cold hard skull with menacing teeth and deep-set ruby-red eyes. But it's not all threat here as Balthazar's chest also contains a moon phase display accurate for 122 years. You can adjust the moon phase manually, providing one of many of Balthazar's tactile pleasures.
Balthazar does more than display horological events: as well as rotating around the hips, his arms articulate at both the shoulders and the elbows, and his hands can clasp and hold objects.
Finally, Balthazar's shield conceals and protects the secret of his awesome power: an integrated clock-winding and time-setting key.
Balthazar is available in limited editions of only 50 pieces per colour in black, silver, blue or green armour.
"Slow" jumping hours and sweeping minutes 20-second retrograde second display in eyes 35-day power reserve indicator Double hemisphere moon phase indicator
Movement main plate in palladium-plated polished brass
L’Épée designed and manufactured movement Balance frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000bph 405 components / 62 jewels
Size: H: 39.4 cm x W: 23.8 cm (depending on position of the arms) x 12.4 cm (boot size) Weight: 8.2 kg
Rotate on precision ball bearings with spring click to indicate and hold at resting positions Balthazar's centre of gravity is low to minimise any risk of being knocked over.
Pivot at arms/shoulders, rotation at the elbows, pivot lower arms with spring locking system. On each hand, two fingers cross into the other three so that the hands can clasp.
The double-depth square-socket winding/time-setting key is integrated neatly into the shield, which naturally slips in and out of its concealed niche with horological precision.