Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos Classique
A Revolutionary Mechanism
The Atmos watch embodies Jaeger-LeCoultre's mastery of the perpetual movement. Perfected in 1928, the revolutionary winding mechanism is driven by the contraction and expansion of a mixture of gases. With a timelessly elegant aesthetic, the Atmos symbolises the exceptional proficiency of Jaeger-LeCoultre's artisans and the brilliance of the Maison's Atelier des Métiers Rares that has inspired generations of designers.
Thanks to a revolutionary mechanism invented by Jean-Léon Reutter in 1928 and launched on the market by Jaeger-LeCoultre in the 1930s, the Atmos watch lives on air. Its magnificent design has been reinvented and reshaped since its creation, elevating it to icon status.
The secret of the Atmos lies in the capsule inside its mechanism, capable of transforming ambient temperature variations into mechanical energy. This allows you to count the hours, day after day, year after year, without the need for winding, electrical power or any human intervention. A variation of just one degree Celsius guarantees a power reserve of 48 hours. Its economical, ring-shaped balance consumes 250 times less energy than that of a classic wristwatch. And it would take 250 million Atmos watches to consume the same energy as a 15-watt light bulb.
The "President's Watch"
Throughout the 20th century the Atmos was given to presidents and other heads of state as an official gift. Thus, this watch became known as the "president's watch", a symbol of precision and Swiss know-how. Whenever a president, pope or celebrity visited Switzerland, he was presented with the Atmos watch. Queen Elizabeth of England, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II all received an Atmos, adding to this piece's legacy of unparalleled prestige.
The watch has inspired artists and craftsmen who have decorated its exceptional case over the years. Some models have been decorated with fine wood marquetry, taking inspiration from the paintings of Alfons Mucha, such as the Atmos Marqueterie du Millénaire, or Gustav Klimt, such as the Atmos Marqueterie L'Attente. Straw marquetry, which offers a magnificent visual effect, was also used to create the perfect frame for the Atmos Marqueterie Paille. Crystal cases provide a spectacular view of the pendulum in motion, as if floating on air.
The Atmos collection is currently made up of the following models: Infinite, Classique, Classique Moon, Transparent, 568 by Marc Newson and Hybris Mechanica Calibre 590.
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