Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Apr 28, 2019

LOT 55


HKD 50,000 - 80,000

CHF 6,250 - 10,000 / USD 6,450 - 10,300

Sold: HKD 150,000

Stainless steel, aluminium and crystal, self-winding, vertical bubbleshaped, mantel clock wound by barometric pressure changes, with lunar calendar. The crystal bubble-shaped cabinet was hand-made and blown at the Baccarat glassworks in France, in keeping the finest traditions of the Lorraine region.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original

Brand Jaeger-LeCoultre

Model Atmos, "Atmos 561 by Marc Newson"; limitededition No. 734 / 888

Year circa 2008

Movement No. 734 918

Calibre  561, with vacuum chamber winding the going barrel and lever escapement driven by annular tension pendulum

Caliber 561, with vacuum chamber winding the goingbarrel and lever escapement driven by annulartension pendulum

Dimensions 28 x 24 x 16 cm.

Signature case and movement

Accessories certificate of origin and international guarantee(blank), instruction booklet, setting-pin, originalpackage


Jaeger-LeCoultre, “Atmos 561 by Marc Newson” This Atmos ?? designed by Marc Andrew Newson, Australian industrial designer (born in 1963) ?? was made in a limited edition of 888 examples, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Atmos clock in 2008. He then realizes for the manufacture two other models, one in 2010 ?? “Atmos 566 by Marc Newson” ?? the other in 2016 ?? “Atmos 568 by Marc Newson”. “Long fascinated with mantle clocks and a passionate fan of the Atmos (a mechanism that runs on temperature differential alone) Marc was approached by Swiss watch and clock manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre to design an 80th anniversary edition of their Atmos clock. The “Atmos 561 by Marc Newson” is housed in a specially hand-blown Baccarat crystal case which acts to protect the precious mechanism which appears to float suspended as if by magic. The end result is an intriguing and almost magical object, not unlike a ship in a bottle (Edition of 888).” (Source: Jaeger-LeCoultre, Atmos Clock The Atmos clock was invented by Neuchâtel engineer Jean-Léon Reutter (1899-1971). From his youth, he was preoccupied by the idea of industrially producing a clock that could be wound by atmospheric fluctuations, and in 1928 he succeeded. In fact, in a hermetically sealed capsule is a gas that expands and contracts in response to even minute changes in temperature and causes mechanical movement. Reutter’s patent was first licensed to a French company who exploited it until 1935. Around 3 000 examples were produced. Subsequently, it was purchased by Jaeger-LeCoultre. After difficult early years, by 1979 there were half a million such clocks which quickly became popular and prestigious gifts for the important heads of states during their visits to Switzerland. The Atmos is a clock “qui vit de l’air du temps” (who lives on air).