Six of Miki’s unique pieces were exhibited at the MB&F M.A.D. Gallery from the 19th of January until mid-February 2013
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HIPPOCAMPUS is 2.8 metres high and features a musical movement in which the melody will not repeat itself over a hundred years. In a world premiere at the MB&F M.A.D. Gallery (January 2013), Zurich clockmaker Miki Eleta presented his latest timepiece – HIPPOCAMPUS – his largest creation to date.
The CONTINUUM MOBILE is a timepiece powered by a falling weight and features a tourbillon visible above the oblique axis. The weight powers the gear train, causing it to advance. Miki calls the Continuum his “inspiration clock.” When he doesn’t have it, he is lost. When he is lost for inspiration, a situation that occurs, by his own admission, very rarely, Miki gazes at this clock. The winding mechanism is located within the column and it is rewound using a key to generate 100 hours of power reserve.
The PENTOURBILLON is a timepiece with a flying double tourbillion and two distinct mechanisms. On the left part of the clock was created the tourbillion to showcase the magic and beauty of its escapement. The petals of the flower at the back of the timepiece open and close as day transforms into night. The right part features a “simple” clock where the indicators are two long dials.
LA LUNA is a double pendulum clock constructed from a 1.2 metre steel and chrome column. The jumping hour becomes visible before the full hour. In addition to the indication of the hours, minutes and seconds, the timepiece displays phases of the moon, signs of the zodiac and the different seasons.
N°26 has an Eleta chronometer escapement that produces an impulse every two seconds and holds a power reserve of eight days. The winding weight is astonishingly light – only 200 grams. The phase of the moon indicator makes up part of this weight and is linked ‘mysteriously’, i.e. without a visible mechanism, to the movement.
DIE SIEBEN is not a clock but a kinetic sculpture possessing tiny steel balls that travel through passageways, creating an interplay that is both visual and acoustic. Measuring nearly 1.4 metres in height and 60 centimetres in diameter, DIE SIEBEN chimes 16 different tones using 16 passageways around the clocks circumference, where the steel balls move along touching 16 pentatonic cylinders and 47 gears. These gears return the balls through the passageways to the sound of a tune that only repeats itself every seven years.