L’Epee 1839 – The Fifth Element – Creation with MB&F

The Fifth Element is an intergalactic horological weather station enabling accurate weather forecasting even when the power goes down. Four (UFO) elements: clock, barometer, hygrometer, and thermometer combine in a mothership (with Ross, the alien pilot) to create an entity much larger than the sum of its parts: The Fifth Element.

An analogue weather station might at first glance appear anachronistic; however, when the storm hits and the power goes down, the Fifth Element will still work perfectly. And, in the worst-case scenario, you can hitch a ride off planet Earth with Ross. MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser long admired desktop weather stations of the last century, but frustrated in not finding the right vintage model for himself decided to create his own.


Four removable and interchangeable instrument Elements make up the Fifth Element:

Clock Element Because weather forecasting is based on the speed of changes over time, the accurate time is required for meteorological observations. For the Fifth Element, L’Epée 1839 reengineered and skeletonised their 8-day clock movement to maximize transparency and visual access.

Barometer Element The barometer, which measures air pressure, is the mainstay of weather forecasting: as a general rule, increasing air pressure foretells good clear weather, decreasing air pressure portends inclement weather. The faster the change, the more extreme the coming weather.

Hygrometer Element The hygrometer measures the percentage of water vapour in the air; it displays this as a percentage of the maximum amount of moisture that might be held at a given temperature. Thermometer Element

  • Reference
  • 19.6000/124
  • Limited edition
  • 18 pieces
  • Movement
  • Caliber 1853 SK4 et independant rotating movement
  • Winding
  • Hand winding with a special key
  • Power reserve
  • 8 days
  • Frequency
  • 18 000 alt/H
  • Components
  • 531
  • Functions
  • Clock (hours and minutes), , barometer , thermometer, hygrometer
  • Dimensions
  • 37,6 cms of diameter x 21 cms high
  • Weight
  • 15 kgs
  • Jewels
  • 11
  • Finishings
  • Polishing, satining, sand-blasting
  • Material
  • Stainless steel, copper, bronze and brass
  • Retail Price
  • 66 900 € including 20% VAT

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