The Fifth Element: Emergency Preparedness for the Mad Billionaire in You

Amuse the billionaire in you with The Fifth Element - a unique intergalactic horological weather station.

History has proven that even vast sums of wealth cannot prevent the occasional inclement weather or power outage. When bad weather conspires to deprive you of the simple pleasures of relaxing with your Stuart Hughes television or listening to your Transrotor Artus record player, you no longer have to resort to seeking weather updates on your phone.

Thanks to the brilliant engineers at MB&F, you can now monitor the weather and amuse yourself with the extraordinary Fifth Element weather forecasting machine.

The MB&F + L'Epee 1839 Fifth Element is a unique intergalactic horological weather station in which the whole exceeds the sum of its parts. The Fifth Element weather station includes:

  • A glass-domed precision clock that only needs winding every eight days.
  • A hygrometer that indicates the relative humidity.
  • A thermometer that indicates the current temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit.
  • A barometer that measures atmospheric pressure, and indicates the current weather on a scale from Depression to Anticyclone.

These distinct precision instruments are housed in a superstructure that indicates the extraterrestrial origins of this design. A domed space ship structure, complete with a tiny alien pilot named “Ross”, turns with a gentle mechanical rotation to help you while away the idle hours as you monitor the time and weather from your darkened command centre.

MB&F, like the Fifth Element itself, has also become a collective that is greater than the sum of its parts, reinterpreting the traditions of precision watch making into the manufacture of precision kinetic sculptures. The collaboration between MB&F and L'Epee 1839 has already produced several extraordinary machines that may already be in your collection, such as the Octopod, Balthazar, and Destination Moon.

The Destination Moon is the thematic counterpart to the Fifth Element, helmed by Earth astronaut Neil. The two pieces harmonise together in a kinetic dialogue about earth, space, and time.

The 531 precision components of the Fifth Element combine for an overall measurement of 376 mm in diameter and 209 mm in height. It is made of stainless steel, brass, glass, and “Ross” is made of bronze. Each instrument is designed to stand independently of the structure, while fitting gently and seamlessly into the whole machine.

Be mindful that your servant, Sebastian, should always wear gloves when handling The Fifth Element, as fingerprints will damage its delicate coating. It must only be cleaned with a soft, dry cloth and because The Fifth Element is a precision instrument, it is best kept at your desk in your secure fortress, well away from heat, vibrations, direct sunlight, dust, humidity, or air currents.

From that protected location, it will provide a moment-by-moment indication of the current weather conditions at your desk, within your secure fortress!

This elite weather station is available in three limited editions of only 18 pieces each, in silver, black, or blue. Your friends at the yacht club or in the space station will surely appreciate such an exclusive, unique, and useful gift.

Bad weather and power outages are simply an unfortunate fact of life, at least until Dr. Thornberry completes the climate control machine you have tasked him with. Eventually the technology will be perfected and you won't have to manage these minor inconveniences any more.

Until that day, you have the MB&F + L'Epee 1839 Fifth Element to inform and amuse you, keeping you constantly apprised of the time, temperature, air pressure, and humidity. No app on your phone can compare to the elegance of design of this statement piece, and, unlike your phone, it can go for eight days between charges.

It's a good idea to make the Fifth Element part of your emergency preparedness kit, readily available when you need it, and simply beautiful when you don't.

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Anthony Ierardi


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Anthony Ierardi


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Anthony Ierardi