Glitzy watch manufacturer MB&F announces the Balthazar clockwork robot

Today in Part 23 of our series entitled Goofy Rich-Person Gadgetry, we present the MB&F Balthazar, a posable robot that tells the time and has a “dark side.” First, a little context. This is basically a “novelty” designed by a watchmaker to sell to rich people. It’s entirely hand made and features an exposed mechanism and dual dials that tell the time.

I’ll let MB&F explain themselves:

Balthazar is a sophisticated and imposing high-precision robot clock displaying jumping hours, retrograde seconds and a 35-day power reserve. Weighing in at over eight kilograms (18 pounds) and standing nearly 40 centimetres tall (16 inches), Balthazar is composed of 618 beautifully finished, micro-engineered components.
But beware… there is also a dark side to Balthazar, as there is in all of us. Rotate his torso 180 degrees and discover a terrifying Balthazar, along with a dual hemisphere moon phase indicator that should help you anticipate the evolutions of your mood. To quote Darth Vader in Star Wars, “If you only knew the power of the dark side.”


By “dark side” they mean you can twist his jolly head to display a leering skull face, which makes it just the thing to scare your cat.

The fact that this clock runs for 35 days on one winding and that he has a little regulator wheel in his head are kind of the high-tech draw here. Getting a clock of this size to last that long is no mean feat, and fitting all the geegaws and whatnots into such a small package is pretty cool. While it can’t shoot lasers or scare your cat (much), it can look cool on your big, dark wooden desk next to the scalps of your sworn enemies.
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The Balthazar joins the Arachnophobia in the MB&F weird robot family. It costs $52,875.