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MB&F and L’Epée 1839 have teamed up yet again. Having previously made a handful of clocks, including Balthazar, Melchior, and Arachnophobia, the two are pushing things further this time around with The Fifth Element, a desktop weather station that includes a clock, barometer, thermometer, and hygrometer. And oh yeah, the whole thing is “piloted” by a little alien.
The Fifth Element was inspired by mid-century desktop weather stations, though you might never guess that from looking at it. This station takes some functional elements of those originals, but reimagines them aesthetically and pushes the boundaries technologically. When fully assembled, The Fifth Element includes over 500 components, measures 376mm across by 209mm high (14.8 x 8.2 inches), and weighs 15 kilograms (over 33 pounds). It’s not small. The main structure is made of solid brass and looks like a UFO with four pods, each of which contains one of the instruments. They can be taken out of the base, stood up on their own, and then reassembled in whatever configuration you might like.
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