JAEGER-LECOUL­TRE’S ATMOS

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

Though the Atmos ta­ble clock was in­vented close to 90 years ago, it still de­serves a place in this list of high-tech, revo­lu­tion­ary time­pieces. It runs with­out hu­man in­ter­ven­tion, thanks to a gaseous mix­ture in a her­met­i­cally sealed cap­sule that ex­pands when the tem­per­a­ture rises and con­tracts when it falls. The gas pod is con­nected to the clock’s drive spring and as it swells and con­tracts, it winds the move­ment. The slight­est tem­per­a­ture fluc­tu­a­tion is enough to pro­vide the clock with two days of power, mak­ing the revo­lu­tion­ary clock per­haps the clos­est thing to a gen­uine per­pet­u­ally pow­ered ma­chine. The lat­est in the se­ries, the Atmos 568, was re­leased last year and was de­signed by Marc New­son, who has been col­lab­o­rat­ing with the brand since 2008. This time New­son plays on ex­treme trans­parency us­ing a white Bac­carat crys­tal case. As well as the time, the Atmos 568 dis­plays the month and cur­rent phase of the moon.

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