Clocks powered by changes in atmospheric pressure and temperature have been around since the seventeenth century and while the concept might not be new, Jaeger LeCoultre is reinvigorating this category with the unveiling of two such devices in the last year. First came the Atmos 561 clock by Marc Newson, a futuristic Baccarat crystal bubble, released last summer, now the Swiss manufacturer has teamed up with Alfred Dunhill to produce the Atmos Regulator.
Limited to just 28 pieces the Regulator is powered by a calibre 582 movement which draws its energy from changes in atmospheric temperature that cause a gas, trapped in a capsule in the heart of the mechanism, to expand and in turn compress a spiral spring thus winding the movement. This is so sensitive that a change of temperature of just one degree Celsius can power the clock for up to 48 hours.
It must be said that the classic casing, inspired by Dunhill’s cigarette cases and lighters from the 1930s, does the ingenuity of the Jaeger movement proud. Varnished black and with a clear glass front exposing the Atmos workings, the case is mounted on a solid black base inlaid with shagreen, or stingray leather, a Dunhill motif that creative director Kim Jones has recently reintroduced from the archives of the company.
The Atmos Regulator is available from Jaeger LeCoultre boutiques and costs around $70,600.
Source: Time Zone Forum