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A $12,000 music box for the Sith Lord who has everything

This walnut and aluminum, spaceship-shaped music "box" plays music from "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" on one of its cylinders. And when you're ready to come back down to Earth, you can play classic rock on the other.

Only 66 MB&F Musicmachines are being made.

We've seen a number of drop-dead beautiful watches this week from Baselworld 2013, but meanwhile watchmaker MB&F has introduced this delightful spaceship that plays music.

The Musicmachine, part of the brand's Performance Art series, is a music box that plays your favorite melodies from science fiction and classic rock on rotating cylinders.

Produced with high-end music box maker Reuge, the 18-inch-long craft has a walnut sound amplification chamber that doubles as a fuselage, and two aluminum outriggers. The two music-playing brass cylinders are powered by mainsprings wound by turning two attached propellers. Each cylinder has 72 notes per comb.

The left cylinder plays extracts from "Star Wars" and the "Imperial March" by John Williams, as well as "Star Trek" by Jerry Goldsmith.

On the right cylinder, you can hear: "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd, Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," and "Imagine" by John Lennon.

The idea was to have one space-themed cylinder and another grounded in the music of Earth. It sounds very impressive for what's essentially a 19th century MP3 player.

The tunes inspire MB&F founder Max Busser when he creates watches. Check out how they sound here.

Only 66 Musicmachines are being made: 33 in white and 33 in black. Each is priced at about 12,000 Swiss francs ($12,744). Warp drive not included.


(Via A Blog to Watch)