Countless trips through space with the Starfleet Machine and Destination Moon, or through the depths of the ocean with Octopod; closer to the surface, L’Epée 1839 seizes control of Planet Earth with the launch of its new kinetic timepiece: Gaz Derrick. Hours and minutes rise up from the movement and involve a new caliber that has been recently developed by the manufacturer. Whether drilling on an offshore platform or inland, Gaz Derrick boasts of 2 dials in the shape and style of gas gauges; each displays the hour and minutes.
The winding and time-setting key is embedded on the clock. The time setting nod is the gaz burner located on top of the derrick symbolizing the possibility to overcome any unexpected problems. As no holes can be made close to a gaz field, a control-valve-shape winding key is located on the right side of the base allowing the owner to operate the release of energy.
Designed, developed and manufactured by L’Epée 1839 in the Jura (Switzerland), Gaz Derrick takes its inspiration from vast industrial landscapes that captured our imagination and turns that into a tangible, luxurious and meticulous interpretation.
Reading the time as reading gage: Hours and minutes are displayed on two distinct and independent dials – somehow like a regulator – placed on top of each other, in the middle of the derrick. The similarities between the dials and true industrial gages are such that they drive us to the command-centre of the gaz derrick. All around, there are several elements, evoking a detailed realism, that pique your curiosity: valves, pipelines, reservoirs, pumps, and even a central drilling axis. The scenery of a complete exploitation.
Similar to conventional structures, the clock mechanism is powered by the earth’s energy. The power source is located in the black base that supports the various decorative elements. A careful eye will easily find the gears, escapement and the unique barrel that keeps energy. The movement allows for precise timekeeping for up to 7 days. Made up of 281 fine pieces and expertly assembled by hand, the handiwork can be admired through discreet openings at the base of the derrick.
This normally overwhelming industrial landscape is now presented in a more restricted size: 23 centimetres high with a width of 17.8 centimetres and 10 centimetres in depth.
Gaz Derrick is presented in two limited editions (50 pieces each) with a black base; the movement and elements are either yellow gold- or palladium-plated.