It is said that time flies when you are having fun, but in the case of contemporary Swiss watchmaker MB&F’s latest collaboration with L’Epée 1839, it more accurately crawls. “Arachnophobia” is the new high-end timepiece conceived and developed by MB&F’s founder Maximilian Büsser. Büsser was inspired by a giant spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois he saw in both Geneva and Doha called Maman, (mother in French). Freud would have a field day.
Forbes reports the spider clock is highly versatile (if a bit creepy) and because the injection molded legs can be rotated, it can be displayed as both a table or wall clock. The arthropod comes in black and 18k plated gold and “is comprised of no fewer than 218 components.”
The head houses the regulator with its oscillating balance wheel, while the other end contains the mainspring barrel, which powers the movement. The hours and minutes are read on a high dome representing the spider’s body, with rotating curved hands indicating hours and minutes on a polished, central dome featuring MB&F’s signature numerals.
Although it may make the perfect gift for the Spiderman in your life, according to Techcrunch the scariest thing about it is the price; “the limited edition pieces cost $15,900 in steel and $18,200 in gold.”