Telling Time with 8 Legs at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Conceived by MB&F and manufactured by L’Epée 1839 – Switzerland’s only specialised high-end clock manufacture – Arachnophobia is the result of MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser’s overactive imagination blending with his appreciation of art.

Arachnophobia was inspired by a giant spider sculpture called Maman (mother in French), created by Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010) in bronze, stainless steel and marble. Measuring 9.27 x 8.91 x 10.24 metres, the monumental sculpture has been installed in a variety of locations around the world.

MB&F developed the highly unusual concept with L’Epée, selecting a high-end L’Epée clock movement and re-imagining it as the mechanical head and torso of a spider. The body is outfitted with a black dome with white numerals depicting the hours and minutes. The araneae’s self-sufficiency is to be admired, for the finely-finished, highly-visible movement boasts a power reserve of eight days.

At either end of Arachnophobia’s time-displaying abdomen, important mechanical processes take place: the head houses the regulator with its oscillating balance wheel, while the other end contains the mainspring barrel, which powers the movement. Attached to the abdomen are eight visually enticing legs which can be rotated so that Arachnophobia can stand tall on a desk or on a wall.

Arachnophobia is available in black or 18k yellow gold-plated editions.

For over 175 years, L’Epée has been at the forefront of watch and clock making. Today, it is the only specialised manufacture in Switzerland dedicated to making high-end clocks. L’Epée was founded in 1839, initially to make music box and watch components, by Auguste L’Epée who set up the business near Besançon, France. The L’Epée hallmark was that all parts were made entirely by hand.


During the 20th century, L’Epée owed much of its reputation to its superlative carriage clocks and, for many, L’Epée was the clock of the influential and powerful; it was also the gift of choice by French government officials to elite guests. In 1976 when the Concorde supersonic aircraft entered commercial service, L’Epée wall clocks were chosen to furnish the cabins, providing passengers with visual feedback of the time. In 1994, L’Epée showed its thirst for a challenge when it built the world’s biggest clock with compensated pendulum, the Giant Regulator. At 2.2m high, it weighs 1.2 tons – the mechanical movement alone weighs 120kg – and required 2,800 man-hours of work.

In Honor of the Chicago Blackhawks

Congratulations to our very own Chicago Blackhawks for making it to the Western Conference Final after beating the Minnesota Wild in a 2-1 overtime thriller on Tuesday night. And just like that, Minnesota goes back to being an irrelevant state in America. In honor of our hard working players, we'd like to honor them by featuring some of their favorite Geneva Seal timepieces. A team favorite is no other than Roger Dubuis, the only manufacture to be 100% Poincon de Geneve. These Roger Dubuis timepieces are handcrafted to perfection, and to be loved by the Chicago Blackhawks is definitely an added bonus.

This Sunday, Join the Geneva Seal Team 'Hustle Up the Hancock'

Sunday, April 13th 2014, marks the 17th annual charity event, Hustle Up the Hancock. Over 4,000 people from Chicago and those visiting our windy city, will meet at the John Hancock Center at 7am to begin their climb. Participants choose from two climbing categories--full climb (94 floors) or half climb (52 floors).

Geneva Seal's very own jewelers, Leonard Goldberg and Rachel Leykind will Hustle Up 94 floors in hopes of raising over $1 Million dollars for local lung disease research and programs.

John Hancock Center. 875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

John Hancock Center. 875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

Since 1998, the race has raised roughly $10 million for the Respiratory Health Association, which funds Chicago-area lung disease research, among other programs.

Goldberg's goal is to complete the climb in under 20 minutes, while Leykind is aiming toward a more realistic goal of, "as long as I finish". The average climber takes about 26 minutes to scale all 1,632 steps to the top.

The rest of the Geneva Seal team will meet them at the finish line to celebrate and to accessorize Goldberg with the timepiece he can't live without, his Roger Dubuis.