MB&F partnered with L’Epée 1839 to create a machine that looks beautiful and does a whole lot of things. The Fifth Element is a classic mechanical weather station, like the ones you would expect to see before the digital age went full swing. In true MB&F style, The Fifth Element is more than just a set of mechanical instruments clubbed together – it is a mechanical sculpture with incredible craftsmanship.
Its design is inspired by science fiction, taking on an appearance of UFOs as they were imagined in 1950-60s. At the center of this UFO sits Ross, an “alien” powered by mechanical movement. He may feel lonely, but he has excellent instruments for company. This set includes a mechanical clock, a thermometer, a barometer, and a hygrometer. Seeing the noticeable lack of engines or warp drive, Ross is pretty much stuck wherever you put The Fifth Element. Talking of science fiction and the fifth element, I’d have thought of Leeloo – maybe even Korben Dallas. But hey, let’s give Ross a chance too, whoever he is.