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The third collaboration between Marc Newson and Jaeger-LeCoultre – the design of the Atmos 568 is all about lightness, transparency, and simplicity. At first glance, what draws the eye in is its timekeeping mechanism, which appears to float freely in the air, while actually being held in place by the rear part of the movement.
It’s very simple dial is optimised for easy legibility. Although light passes right through the clear glass face, it is simple to read thanks to blue Arabic numerals that always face outwards and are underscored by a minute circle. To avoid adding further elements, the marker indicating the month has been designed to form part of the transparent dial. The counterweights are painstakingly designed to melt from sight, while perfectly balancing the hands picked out in a harmonious echo of Marc Newson’s chosen blue. Uniquely for an Atmos, the entire cycle of moon phases is shown – with a white moon and a blue sky – on a very smoothly finished disc embellished with concentric striations.
On the movement’s reverse, the mechanism is visibly held in place at four points, rather than the three on traditional Atmos clocks, to create symmetry. The membrane bridge, redesigned in a cross-shape and with a brushed finish, showcases the membrane’s bellows to great effect.
For the glass casing Marc chose crystal – loved by the designer for its aesthetic qualities and unique finish. Only a glassworks operating at the cutting edge of crystal manufacturing, like Baccarat, had the necessary technical expertise, and lengthy research was needed to reduce the crystal thickness to a minimum – a mere 13 mm in some places.
The fine contours of the glass, along with its thicker base, have been perfectly crafted by Baccarat artisans to give a fluid and harmonious effect. A thicker base makes the clock very stable and can hold the mobile glass wall that gives access to the movement. The clock is magnified inside its crystal cabinet, a bit like a ship in a bottle.