When a piece of horological mastery brings together a combined experience of more than 783 years of the ultra-traditional manufactures, one can safely assume it will be something totally out of the ordinary, especially to the eye. That is exactly our reaction when we noticed the Atmos clock, which has been created in joint partnership between Hermes, Jaeger Le-Coultre, and Les Cristalleries Saint Louis, and was recently showcased at a global launch in Place Verdhome Paris. Acquired by Hermes in 1989, Saint Louis now makes the premier range of glassware products for Hermes, which has joined hands with Jaeger Le-Coultre after more than 3 decades for this exceptional Atmos clock. As the trend has been before with these premier brands, these watches will be available in a limited edition supply of 176 units, priced at $39,100 each.
On the watch making front, there is Jaeger Le-Coultre who in the past have created some splendors like Antoine Le-Coultre tribute watch and the recent, Valentine’s Day Reverso timepiece earlier this year. Hermes on the other hand has been working on aesthetics of the Atmos, and generally known for what they did with the Arceau Marqueterie de Paille watches, or more famously the Black Berkin crocodile skin bags and the $1.9 million gold & diamond bag under the same brand.
With this historical combination, the Atmos gets a hand-blown crystal and enamel casing that resembles a hollow golf ball, but inside the dome contains a rather unique custom made movement which powers the Atmos clock. The multiple layers of glass construction which have been put together with precision known to the finest of craftsmen, is evident when one take s a closer look at the 10 kg timepiece.
The most amazing part of the mechanism is that, in functions according to the ambient temperature from where it gains its charge to keep the movements going. A difference of 1 degree Centigrade is enough for 48 hours of operations. The gas filled chamber placed towards the rear end of this movement, ensures that the change in temperature results in generation of mechanical force to drive this engine. Its no wonder that the creative director of Hermes, Pierre-Alexis Dumas termed this creation as ‘retro-futurism’.