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JLC’s addition to Atmos line

February 18, 2010

atmos 566 newson

Tags: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Atmos Réédition 1930, Atmos 566 by Marc Newson

In 1928, the engineer Jean-Léon Reutter defied physical laws by devising a clock movement designed to run for several centuries without wearing out or requiring any external intervention. Fascinated by this revolutionary invention, Jaeger-LeCoultre applied its manufacturing capabilities to perfecting the mechanism and handling its development. The Atmos clock was born.

Today, although constantly refined, the principle is the same as ever: the energy required to drive the clock is supplied by changes in temperature. The secret lies in a hermetically sealed capsule containing a gaseous mixture – initially mercury – that dilates when the temperature rises and contracts when in drops. In conjunction with the clock’s mainspring, the capsule acts as a mechanical lung, which ‘breathes’ in and out, and in doing so winds the barrel in step with atmospheric fluctuations. Even a one-degree Celsius shift is enough to guarantee a full 48-hour power reserve. Its annular balance also operates in an amazingly economical manner: by oscillating just two times per minute, its energy consumption is 250 times less than that of a conventional wristwatch, which beats at an average rate of 300 vibrations per minute. This environmentally-friendly mechanism that was always far ahead of its times is so sparing that it would take 60 million Atmos clocks to equal the energy consumption of a 15-watt electric bulb.

This impressive technical feat is matched by a design that evolves in step with the times. Jaeger-LeCoultre has continuously evolved the Atmos line by imbuing it with a strong aesthetic identity. Each model features a clever blend of functionality and style, lending an emotional and cultural dimension to the measurement of time. The new releases introduced in 2010 at SIHH (Salon International Haute Horologerie), Geneva also highlight the Atmos odyssey in spectacular glass or crystal cases combining art, design and manufacturing expertise.

Atmos Réédition 1930: Beneath its bell-shaped glass cabinet, the brass dial clearly proclaims its Art Deco heritage. It’s understated elegance is graced with black-tipped white hands gliding over 1930s style handwritten numerals. A broad central opening reveals a glimpse of the intricate workings of the movement, which is entirely hand-decorated in keeping with the noblest fine watchmaking traditions. A steel base that is so fine as to be as almost invisible accentuates the pure, airy lightness emanating from this commemorative model, creating a feeling of time literally standing still. The Atmos Réédition 1930 is issued in a limited series of 300.

newson with atmos 566

Atmos 566 by Marc Newson: The Atmos 566 by Marc Newson transforms Baccarat crystal into a second skin. The generously proportioned cabinet allows light to flood in and illuminate the complicated mechanism. The hours and minutes rub shoulders with the sky chart of the Northern hemisphere, with the cardinal points and zodiac. The months are displayed on a rotating disc at 6 o’clock along with the equation of time. This truly fascinating model recounts infinity and conveys a sense of the absolute, transcending both time and space. This rare and precious alchemist’s blend transforms the Atmos 566 by Marc Newson into a modern-day classic and a genuine collector’s objet d’art.The Atmos 566 has two versions – a limited series of 28 in blue and another 48-piece translucent edition.