Quick Take

It wasn't the most hashtagged. Images of it being held inside a supercar, next to a bucket of champagne did not go viral. In fact, I didn't even notice it at SIHH.*I am of course talking about the brand new Atmos from JLC the so-called Atmos Transparente.*
It is, without a shadow of a doubt, a beautiful, beautiful thing. Yet, I know what you're probably thinking: If this is another Marc Newson collab, boy it's super cool but almost certainly way out of my price range. Well, you know what *it's not, and it's (maybe) not.*
I will never forget reading a piece Jack did on the Atmos a few years back, highlighting the fact that yes, you can in fact become the proud owner of an Atmos clock without having to mortgage your home. While I loved the idea of owning such a beautiful object, and recognized the technology was mind-blowing, I did think "Dude, some of these are for my Grandpa, not me."*
This guy however, the new Transparente, has changed everything. It is the first production Atmos that has really grabbed me. Those of you who know your Atmos will recognize a similar case profile to the 2004 Regulateur Phases de Lune, with hours and minutes on separate dials (and limited to 50 pieces). This new Atmos is distinctively modern in comparison to many of the more recent expressions of Atmos, and at a welcoming, sub-$10,000 price.*
Initial Thoughts

It's one thing to walk out of a boutique with a new watch on the wrist. Its another walking out with a clock. And my god, there just isn't anything cooler than that. It always baffles me how few people I know own an Atmos and yet, they are in many ways the ultimate watch geek trophy.*
The hypnotic beauty of the Transparente really hits you as you walk around the thing. The movement appears totally naked, baring all through the transparent glass case. On the one hand, it showcases horological complexity, and on the other it exudes a sort of effortless synergy. All Atmos clocks generate power from minute changes in atmospheric temperature, and the Transparente is no different. The clock runs independently of any human intervention as a result of a gaseous mixture held within a capsule that expands when the temperature rises and contracts when it falls. *The clarity of the dial is where this Atmos really comes into its own, using only razor sharp baton markers in a deep black color to mark out the hours and minutes. Much like a Mies van der Rohe pavilion, the glass top and bottom plates elegantly cantilever over the sides. The rounded hands provide a nice counterpoint to the angularity of the rest of the clock, softening things up just a bit.
For me, the Atmos Transparente was love at first sight. And when you are next asked what horological treasure you're hunting, I challenge you to have the courage to say an Atmos.*I will.
The Basics

Brand: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Model: Atmos Transparente
Diameter: 250mm x 145mm x 185mm
Case Material: Rhodium-plated brass
Indexes: Batons
The Movement

Caliber: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 563
Functions: Hours, minutes
Jewels: 120*
Pricing & Availability

Price: $9,800
Availability: Immediately*
For more, visit Jaeger-LeCoultre.com.


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