Clock­ing in

Old-school time­keep­ing just got more ex­trav­a­gant with these man­tel­piece-wor­thy clocks, writes Char­lene Co

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Watches -

atch brands some­times cre­ate truly ex­cep­tional, of­ten one­off pieces to re­mind their fol­low­ers they’re as much artists as they are man­u­fac­tures. Clocks are one of the medi­ums they use to do just that. A few spec­tac­u­lar mod­els have come out re­cently, one be­ing the Sher­man by MB&F. The com­po­nents of the af­fa­ble ro­bot’s move­ment dou­ble as body parts: the main­spring bar­rel bridge ex­tends to sup­port his tracks, his eyes are bolt heads sup­port­ing the reg­u­la­tor, and plates and bridges make up his skele­ton and body.

Jaeger-lecoul­tre, mean­while, looks up again to the cos­mos for its At­mos Mar­que­terie Céleste clock, with a body dressed in blue straw mar­quetry rep­re­sent­ing the sky. Each straw is dried, dyed, cut, flat­tened and glued to cover the clock’s wooden panel, which is ren­dered in 3D to high­light the lu­mi­nous na­ture of the straw. The MB&F Sher­man’s head is a trans­par­ent dome of blown min­eral glass that re­veals the clock’s reg­u­la­tor, which rep­re­sents his brain. His arms are move­able and his hands can be used to hold items, like a pen or his wind­ing key The At­mos fea­tures a moon phase guar­an­teed to stay ac­cu­rate for 3,861 years without in­ter­ven­tion.

Parmi­giani draws on its im­mense ex­pe­ri­ence in restor­ing his­tor­i­cal clocks and au­toma­tons to pro­duce the Hip­polo­gia, a mag­num opus aimed at sur­pass­ing its pre­vi­ous mas­ter­pieces. The 2,200-part au­tom­a­ton clock fea­tures a thor­ough­bred run­ning along­side her foal; their bod­ies are crafted in gold, and the heads, tails and hooves are cast in sil­ver. They move within a Lalique glass cab­i­net.

To cel­e­brate its 260th birth­day, Vacheron Con­stantin is cre­at­ing 12 unique crys­tal ta­ble clocks: the Métiers d’art Arca col­lec­tion. The first, which de­buted ear­lier this year, is en­dowed with a crys­tal body. This ex­tra­or­di­nary clock is driven by a move­ment that’s equipped with a con­stant-force mech­a­nism, which is de­signed to en­sure a sta­ble and con­sis­tent flow of en­ergy within the move­ment.

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