The Atmos 568

This isn’t a new thing, it was first unveiled at the tail end of last year but we thought we’d highlight it again because it’s things like this that are really interesting in horology right now. Not just the watches, but the little, arty, side-projects and collaborations.

Marc Newson is a renowned designer who has been working with Jaeger-LeCoultre since 2008 and has already released a few Atmos clocks over the years. They like little works of art, but unlike most art they actually do something and you can appreciate the workings and design and construction process. 

Back view

This tells the time, tracks months, displays the current phase of the moon and comes in a Baccarat crystal case that shows the inner workings. It’s made up of 211 components and technically isn’t mind-blowing – certainly not compared to some of the grand complications in watches these days – but it is a lovely thing.

Jaeger-LeCoultre say that it is totally silent – its energy drawn from barely perceptible variations in temperature – and is driven by a mechanism that would have fascinated all those down the ages, like Leonardo da Vinci, who dreamed of a perpetual motion machine.

The outer form of the Atmos – and some of its components – have been reworked by Newson who pared it back to a crystal globe of sheer transparency to accentuate its essence and iconic status.

Newson explained his affinity with this clock: “I was thrilled to have been asked to design an Atmos because it is a timepiece that I have loved since I first saw one when I was in my early teens. 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.”

Here are some images of its creation.

Front view