An innovative writing instrument designed by dreams
The combined expertise of the Maison Caran d’Ache and the horological laboratory MB&F came together in a unique creative odyssey when they created the Astrograph. Here MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser projected his dream of conquering space on to a writing instrument.
It took a whole year to develop the final model and the result is a futuristically designed body which features, amongst a total of 99 components, a ‘detent’ system of vertical stabilisation, launchpad box and magnetic figurine. The structure is articulated by an ingenious miniature lever, the entry door to the rocket, which activates the simultaneous and symmetrical lowering of three stabiliser legs. These, just like the miniature ladder that runs alongside the ‘thruster engines’, have parts that are sandblasted, satin-finished and rhodium-plated. Once the stabiliser legs have been deployed, it is possible to stand Astrograph up vertically, ready for take-off.
The Astrograph also comes with a miniature figurine of an astronaut. Rhodium-plated and magnetised, it will attach to any part of the body of the instrument, ready to climb on board.
MB&F are offering readers of International Property & Travel who purchase the Astrograph, a VIP tour of the M.A.D gallery in either Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong or Taiwan, depending on their location, together with a presentation handover conducted by a member of the team. The MB&F M.A.D.Gallery is a captivating universe of kinetic art where Horological Machines and Mechanical Art Devices reign supreme. Please contact MB&F via the email address or phone number below, and mention IP&T magazine when making the purchase.
This offer does not include any element of travelling expenses or accommodation, and is for the VIP gallery visit only, subject to availability.
Astrograph Limited Edition
£19,950 / €23,245 / $27,505
t: +41 22 786 36 18
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