SHERMAN – A cute little fella from MB&F


Since 2005, Maximilian Büsser and his team of watchmakers have been producing some truly exceptional small series watches. The Swiss manufacturer is also known for its unusually shaped clocks including a space-themed music box (The MusicMachine), a clock shaped like a space station (The Starfleet Machine), a spider (The Arachnophobia) and a robot (The Melchior). This time the creative minds at MB&F have designed another unconventional piece called the Sherman. The brand’s newest masterpiece is a robot-inspired clock and, like every MB&F creation, is produced in small series of 200 yellow gold clocks, 200 pieces coated with palladium and another 50 pieces decorated with diamonds.

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The latest MB&F creation follows the brand’s legacy of making unusual timepieces

The name Sherman comes from the legendary M4 Sherman tank used in WWII by allied forces. Easy to produce and maintain, the machine proved itself as being extremely dependable. Although its name may be associated to a war instrument, the new MB&F creation is in fact a robot of peace. The inspiration for this unique clock came from one of the founder’s childhood dreams. As a kid, Mr. Büsser was a huge Stars Wars fan and since he had no brothers or sister, often imagined having his very own robot friend. With Sherman, this childhood dream almost seems like a reality.

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The latest clock remains of a robot – a companion Mr. Büsser always wanted as a kid

So, what exactly can this little guy do? Well, according to the Swiss manufacturer – not very much. Sherman doesn’t talk or walk and is sure not curious like the NASA’s robotic rover. He doesn’t try to save John Connor, help Luke Skywalker, assist in a surgery, paint a car, or star in a Hollywood blockbuster (speaking of that, he does look a bit like one of Pixar’s most lovable characters, WALL-E J ). Instead of all that, he does only 2 things, but he does both amazingly well. Sherman tells the time and has a superpower – to make people smile. According to the MB&F designers, one look at the robot immediately puts a smile on a person’s face, spreading the happiness to all who come in contact with him. There aren’t many robots, and yet alone clocks, who have an impact like this J .

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Unless it’s pushed by someone, the robot pretty much stands still just telling the time. And of course, makes people happier :)

Sherman is 143mm tall, 109mm wide and 80mm deep. With a weight of 0.9kg he is considered to be not too heavy. He is not just a robot with a built-in clock but rather a robot-clock. The base barrel bridge expands down to support his rubber caterpillar tracks, movement spacers serve as shoulders for the arms and his eyes are in fact bolt heads supporting the regulator. The movement plates and bridges of the clock also contribute to the robot’s body and skeleton. On Sherman’s head we can spot a transparent blown mineral glass dome, his mechanical brain which is actually the regulator controlling the robot’s time precision.

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On his head there is a glass dome showing the balance wheel and regulation system

The latest robot-inspired clock is a result of collaboration with L’Epée, the only specialized company in Switzerland to make high-end clocks. Sherman is designed at MB&F but is fully made by L’Epée. The movement on this beauty is composed of 148 parts and beats at a frequency of 2.5Hz, providing the piece with a decent power reserve of eight days. Sherman’s calibre also features the same kind of superb finishing found on the luxury wristwatches such as Geneva waves, polishing, sandblasting, and circular and vertical satin finishing.

1 Comment

  1. IOS: después de habilitar el teclado de
    emojis, toca el botón de la carita feliz cuando el teclado esté abierto para abrir el teclado
    de emojis. En USA, Francia, Alemania, Italia,
    Repito, estos teclados NO AÑADEN emoticonos nuevos.
    Asimismo libre de autocorrección, treinta diccionarios de los idiomas más esenciales, Mil
    gracias. Al desactivar el bloqueador de publicidad apoyas el periodismo de calidad.

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