Hermès, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Les Cristalleries de St. Louis launch a 176-piece limited edition crystal clock.
If you are a lover of unique timepieces, there are many great boutiques to see in Paris, that you can’t find elsewhere in the world. You can admire the Atmos Hermès clock (30 200 euros) in Hermès boutique, 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré or at Jaeger-LeCoultre (on photos), place Vendôme. On that famous place Vendôme, many Swiss manufacturers present the old and last prestigious timepieces. In the Opera neighbourhoud, Bucherer (also Swiss), has recently opened a very large boutique beside the Intercontinal Paris Le Grand hotel entrance. You can find somewhere to stay in the differents areas mentioned so that you can visit them easily. If you want to book or to take a drink in a 5 star hotel, you can find near the place Vendôme, Le Mandarin Oriental, rue Saint-Honoré. In the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the luxury hotel is Le Bristol. This hotel has just completed the renovations of its famous garden “à la française”, the largest of the parisian palaces (13,000 square foot).
A crystal sphere
The Atmos Hermès table clock unveils 15 rubis, transparency rubs shoulders with opalescence, glass meets metal. The artistic craftmanship combines the uncompromising nature of metal with the fragile vulnerability of crystal.
The crystal sphere thus houses a unique, almost perpetually moving mechanism developped by the Manufacture Jaeger-Lecoultre. Since 1928, its Atmos clock fascinates by its mechanism and mode of operation with no battery, no electric current and no winding.
A hermetically sealed capsule containing a mixture of gases that expands when the temperature rises and contacts when it drops. Connected to the mainspring of the clock, the capsule acts like a concertina or a pair of bellows, thereby constantly winding the mechanism. It is so sensitive that a one-degree temperature difference is enough to power it for twoo days. Its balance oscillates just twice a minute rather than the average 300 times of a classic wristwatch. The Atmos clock consumes 250 times less energy.
Thierry Hermès, a harness-maker, set up business in Paris in 1937. The Maison now exercices 14 different métiers : leather goods-saddlery, perfumes, diaries, shoes, jewellery, etc… In 1928, the first Hermès watches were presented in the store at the 24, Faubourg Saint-Honoré. At the time, Hermès placed its signature on timepieces that it created in collaboration with the Swiss watch manufacturers. Including Jaeger-LeCoultre which celebrates its 180 years old in 2013.
Nathalia Bienvenu-Kapferer, April 2013
Photos credit : Jaeger-LeCoultre
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