Melchior is one of MB&F’s 10th Anniversary Pieces, presented in 2015 under the theme: ”A creative adult is a child who survived”. Created in collaboration with L’Epée 1839, Switzerland’s only specialized high-end clock manufacture, Melchior is not only an impressive kinetic robot which may remind you of your childhood dreams, but also an impeccably finished, 480-component mechanical table clock. The name ‘Melchior’ is a traditional forename in Maximilian Büsser’s family. The concept was specifically developed with designer Xin Wang, selecting a high-end L’Epée clock movement and reimagining it as the mechanical head and torso of a robot. Melchior has plenty to occupy the senses, including moving eyes (double retrograde 20-seconds counters), an escaepement “brain” and steel arms which rotate. I believe Melchior is also supposed to be a friendly, “happy feeling” robot, but he does hold a rocket launcher and Gatling gun in those steel arms of his, just in case something goes down. And, by the way, that Gatling gun is detachable and cleverly doubles as a winding/setting key for the movement.