Two Swiss companies have built a high-end, end-table clock modeled after what animal?

Answer: an octopus

by / September 25, 2017

Swiss design firm MB&F and manufacturer L'Epée 1839 have teamed up again to build the seafaring counterpart to their first end-table clock, the spidery Arachnophobia. The new model, called the Octopod, was inspired by the traditional chronometers that sailors once used to navigate their ships.

The clock face is contained within a transparent, bathysphere-like globe that can rotate 360 degrees horizontally and vertically, so that the time can be seen no matter the position of the eight legs. Each leg locks into a vertical or almost-horizontal position, giving the appearance of the device being in movement.

Fitting to its name, the device can keep time for eight days before needing to be wound. It weighs 9.3 pounds and measures 11 inches by 11 inches standing straight up, and 17.7 inches by 8.7 inches when all the legs are spread out. Only 50 devices were made in each of the three available colors — black, blue and silver — and each one costs CHF 35,000 (US $36,200).