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Jaeger-LeCoultre - Atmos 568 by Marc Newson

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Jaeger-LeCoultre just presented its new Atmos 568 by Marc Newson, one of the most influential designers of his generation.

The Australian designer has been collaborating with the Grande Maison since 2008 creating several interpretations of this silent clock which draws its energy from barely perceptible variations in temperature, almost a perpetual motion machine.

Invented in 1928, the Atmos runs independently of any human intervention, thanks to a gaseous mixture in a hermetically sealed capsule, which expands when the temperature rises and contracts when it falls.

The capsule is connected to the clock’s drive spring, and as it swells like the bellows of an accordion, it constantly winds the clock movement. A temperature fluctuation of a single degree is enough to provide the clock with an operating autonomy of about two days. The gear trains are so perfectly designed that they require no oil, which would interfere with the optimum running of the clock.

The latest Atmos appears to float freely in the air - under a Baccarat crystal globe resembling a rounded cube - while actually being held in place by the rear part of the movement

Explaining his affinity with this clock, Marc Newson said: “An Atmos for me is a complex and magical object, it seemingly runs on perpetual motion or the closest thing to it and it needs a constant environment to function in. It is as if it is a living thing – you have the feeling that it can sense your presence – which I find strangely comforting.”

The simple dial is optimised for easy legibility thanks to blue transferred Arabic numerals that always face outwards and are underscored by a minute circle.

The entire cycle of moon phases is shown – with a white moon and a blue sky – on a smoothly finished disc embellished with concentric striations.

On the movement’s reverse, the mechanism is visibly held in place at four points, rather than the three on traditional Atmos clocks, to create symmetry.

The membrane bridge, redesigned in a cross-shape and with a brushed finish, showcases the membrane’s bellows to great effect. It bears the clock’s name in the chosen shade of blue, along with the designer’s signature in his trademark orange.

The movement is worked in a contemporary-looking matte satin-brushed finish, with a number of shiny areas that are thrown into brilliant relief by the light streaming through the crystal. In fact, the crystal thickness is reduced to a minimum – a mere 13 mm in some places - allowing light to stream over the clock it encases, while also creating its own subtle play of reflections.

A thicker base makes the clock very stable and can hold the mobile glass wall that gives access to the movement.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 568 by Marc Newson has a price of US$ 28,000.

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