Luxury Swiss Watchmakers have baffled us time and again with their craft of clock-making and the signature mechanical movement. Not only they enchant us with technical prowess but the design aesthetics are also jaw-dropping. This 1989 Batmobile desk clock by newbie Swiss brand Kross Studio, is a good example of that fact. The timepiece is an intricate scaled replica of the iconic Batmobile featured in Tim Burton’s Batman movie, starring Michael Keaton who played the caped crusader alongside Jack Nicholson as the Joker. The Swiss brand dedicated to crafting collectible objects, joined forces with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to bring the desk clock to life, and boy is it impressive or what!
Engineering to perfection, every single detail of the clock, right from the inside to the outside is commendable. The mechanical movement runs along the length of the car, beginning from the air intake right through to the exhaust. Attention to detail can be assessed from the fact that the 1989 Batmobile clock comprises 512 components. 115 are solely for the bodywork while 397 of them are dedicated to the in-house mechanical manual-winding movement visible through the smoked windows of the replica. The exterior is crafted out of black aluminum composite having an aeronautical grade scratch protection coating. It even has moving wheels for those boring times when you need to pass time!
The hand-built 1989 Batmobile clock has horizontal cylinders to display the hours and minutes through bat-like cowl decals. The front turbine of the car gives a peek of the vertical regulator, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. For the nerds, the clock runs at a frequency of 21,600 beats per hour (3Hz) giving it a power reserve of 30 days. The cutest bit of the desk clock is the satin-finished (with mirror-polishing) Batman-shaped key to wind up your next favorite desk accessory via the afterburner nozzle. The clock is only going to be available in limited edition 100 units for a staggering price tag of $29,900. Enough to buy an Audi A3, but then collectors don’t care about the money if the thing they are buying is as rare as this 1989 Batmobile clock!
Designer: Kross Studio