MB&F : the return of Stepan Sarpaneva – MoonMachine 2

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MoonMachine 2 is part of our ‘Performance Art’ series: those rare occasions when we ask an external creator to reinterpret one of our existing pieces. For this one, we brought back our very special friend from Finland, the talented watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva. Back in 2012, Stepan had already transformed our HM3 Frog into the first MoonMachine. Six years later, he’s turned our Horological Machine No.8 into MoonMachine 2: the world’s first projected moon phase indicator.

“Projected” moon phase indicator? Indeed – HM8 features the unique combination of mechanical movement + optical prism display system also found on our HM5 and HMX. But for this very special piece, in addition to the jumping hours and trailing minutes, Stepan has added a moon phase complication. When you glance at the time on the lateral display, you are in fact looking at a projected image of the hour, minute and moon phase discs. An optical illusion of sorts!

For those who know Stepan’s work, you’ll immediately recognize his unmistakable moon face, modeled after his own face – or is it his grandmother’s? For MoonMachine 2, Stepan has created his smallest moons ever – a real technical challenge, due to their extreme dimensions, as thin as 0.07mm. Other typical Sarpaneva elements are the titanium web rotor design and the various “korona” shaped elements.