The last time we talked about Jaeger-LeCoultre, in this context, it was the Calibre 101 bejeweled watch to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee on the throne. And now when we talk, it would be yet another ode to Her Majesty from this prodigious watchmaker and official timekeeper of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: The new timepiece in question is the brilliant Atmos du Millénaire clock issued in a limited edition of three pieces with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s lineage engraved on. Displaying the hours, months, and perpetual moon phase, this celestial machine is destined to measure out the years one by one until 3000, clearly going well beyond the standard conception of time.
But is it only the mention of this Royal Lineage is that makes this so absolutely special? Yes and no. It is also the miraculous technical feat of using only the smallest variations in ambient temperature to track and display the hours and minutes on a dial that’s absolutely surprising. Invented in 1928, the Atmos’s quasi-perpetual movement counts hours, year on end, without changing its battery or even rewinding- the secret lies in the hermetically sealed capsule at the back of the mechanism that transforms variations in ambient temperature into mechanical energy. WOW! Did we hear that? That energy is created from the difference in ambient temperature?
But this wowing will to have to wait for there is one more parameter that will probably keep us gazed- for people with absolute precision this watch will have to be reset periodically, say once in every 3821 years.