Balthazar robot embraces pop culture and gets two Star Wars inspired makeovers

Balthazar, a 40cm horological robot created by MB&F and L’Epée, has received its two final variants, both inspired by Star Wars, in gold and black palladium.

Balthazar is a high-precision robot clock displaying jumping hours, retrograde seconds and a 35-day power reserve.

“Whether you absolutely love, moderately appreciate or just hate the saga, we all have in common the never-ending search for a hero. Our hero is without a doubt a robot from Tatooine – an adventurer despite himself, who lost an arm on the battlefield and was built by Anakin himself: C-3PO. Inspired by this gold humanoid robot, L’Epée has developed a very special gold edition of Balthazar: ‘B4’, limited to 20 pieces. His brother, straight out of the dark side, Balthazar B5, features a fully black PVD armour and a light palladium-plated movement.”

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The Jedi and Sith inspired pieces top off the family of robots, which come in steel and blue, green, black, and silver.

Weighing in at over 8kg and standing nearly 40cm tall, Balthazar is composed of 618 micro-engineered components.

The robot can also be rotated by 180 degrees to reveal the side of the piece with the moonphase functions, accurate for 122 years as well as ruby encrusted eye sockets and stainless steel teeth.

The limbs and fingers of the robot move independently. The hands can even grip objects.

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