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MB&F and L’Epée 1839 are ready for battle with...
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MB&F and L’Epée 1839 are ready for battle with Grant

Wednesday, 05 September 2018
By The FHH Journal editors
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MB&F and L’Epée 1839 present Grant, a more bellicose “little brother” for Melchior, Balthazar and Sherman. A cross between a Transformer and a tank (after which it’s named), Grant is designed to stand upright, crouch or lay flat. Armed for duty, Grant clutches a grenade launcher in its right hand that is also a key to wind the eight days of power reserve.

No wonder you are stressed, but relax, help is at hand. Grant is here. Grendizer meets Mad Max meets Transformer. Grant is a robot with a time display on his shield and a mission to slow things down when time runs too fast. There are no incessantly flashing digital numerals on Grant’s shield, no constantly spinning second hand. Grant transforms frantic chaos into relaxing hours and minutes, and that’s all the time you really need. While Grant’s time moves relatively slowly, he can travel quickly over rough terrain (or the messiest desk) on his three operational rubber tracks. Grant can also transform into one of three different modes: lying horizontally over his chassis for a low profile; crouching at 45 degrees; and sitting up 90 degrees. Grant’s time shield can always be set to a comfortable and optimal viewing angle.

Grant Silver © MB&F
Grant Silver © MB&F

Whatever the angle, Grant’s highly polished clockwork is on full display, and you can follow every click and turn of the gears. The mainspring barrel click near his ‘belly button’ is particularly mesmerizing in operation. The isochronal oscillations of the regulator keeping time in Grant’s glass-domed ‘brain’ are evidence of the clockwork’s high precision. Watching Grant “thinking” in real time is a stress-relieving activity in itself: Grant transforms time so that you can relax and enjoy it.

Grant’s 8-day, in-line manufacture movement features the same superlative fine finishing as found on the finest wristwatches: Geneva waves, anglage, polishing, sandblasting, plus circular and vertical satin finishing. Hand finishing a clock movement is significantly more challenging than that of a wristwatch due to the larger surface areas of the clock components.

Grant Silver © MB&F
Grant Silver © MB&F

While he doesn’t look for fights, Grant believes offense is a great form of defense and packs appropriate weaponry. His left arm holds a “you-really-don’t-want-to-mess-with-me” spinning disk, while his right arm clasps a removable grenade launcher. Grant even has a surprise up his sleeve: his grenade launcher is removable and doubles as the winding and time-setting key for his 8-day clockwork, so he isn’t likely to run out of either firepower or time.

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