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Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 568 by Marc Newson

A table clock that's barely there.

A table clock that's barely there.

Perfect symmetry, ultimate clarity, and extreme legibility make the Atmos 568 by Jaeger-LeCoultre appear as if time is floating on air. Designed by Marc Newson, the hours, minutes, months, and phases of the moon, are all marked by minimal blue Arabic numerals, sword-shaped hands, and barely-there markings. The third collaboration between the watchmaker and industrial designer reveals the latest version of the captivating table clock that has been a part of the Jaeger-LeCoultre universe since 1928.

The magic of the Atmos extends to its near perpetual motion that gains its energy not by manual winding, but from a gaseous blend sealed tightly inside the clocks solid transparent case. As temperatures rise and fall, the interior pressure keeps the Jaeger-LeCoultre 568 movement wound almost indefinitely. The slightest change in temperature, even as small as one degree, can run the clock for several days. Time gets suspended inside the extra-clear Baccarat crystal case, making all extraneous elements disappear, allowing only the necessary to remain.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 568 by Marc Newson, $26,800; jaeger-lecoultre.com

Marc Newson debuts his Atmos 568 during the SIHH watch fair in Geneva. Photo: Johann Sauty
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