Jaeger-LeCoultre teamed with iconic industrial designer Marc Newson to create a contemporary version of its long-revered Atmos, first developed in 1928. Newson reinterprets the Atmos clock by reworking its classical style while preserving all its essential features, allowing an icon of watchmaking to become an icon of style. Unveiling its secrets little by little, the Atmos 568 will intrigue the gaze of connoisseurs of beautiful objects.
In order for the light to shine directly on the Atmos without altering its colors, Marc Newson chose to use an “extra-clear” glass for the cabinet. Almost invisible, it offers remarkable transparency, which showcases the clock in an unprecedented manner.
This clock simply begs to be discovered. The curious gaze, attracted by the transparency of the cabinet, travels down the side of the Atmos and is lost in its workings, discovering its lungs, a tightly sealed capsule containing a gaseous blend that expands when temperatures rise and contracts when lowered, thus constantly winding the watch movement.
On both the interior and the exterior, fluid lines, the energizing use of color on the blue numerals, and two-tone hands are subtle messages that attest to the artist’s unique style. When the gaze rests on the back of the movement, it discovers the designer’s secret signature, the last stage in the journey.
This virtually perpetual mechanical movement houses 211 components. A variation of one degree in temperature is enough to power the Atmos for two days. The Atmos’s intricate and delicate artistry comes houesd in a crystal globe by Baccarat and can be purchased for $28,000.