Marc Newson – Atmos 566

22/03/2010

@designboom

two years ago, to mark the 80th anniversary of the atmos, the australian designer marc
newson was given carte blanche to redesign the famous clock . surrounded by a baccarat
crystal bubble, the pure, contemporary curves of the ‘atmos 561’ by marc newson
commanded immediate attention.

this year, the artist wished to renew his cooperation with jaeger-lecoultre. entranced by
the magic of complex horological mechanisms, he has chosen to lend a new face to
‘calibre 566’ which was featured in the atmos astronomique presented in 2008.

two versions – a limited series of 28 in blue and another 48-piece translucent edition –
showcase a cross between contemporary art and fine craftsmanship, and between
technology and aesthetics. the generously proportioned cabinet allows light to flood in
and illuminate the complicated mechanism. the hours and minutes rub shoulders with
the sky chart of the northern hemisphere, with the cardinal points and zodiac. the months
are displayed on a rotating disc at 6 o’clock along with the equation of time.

the ‘atmos 566’ has been presented in geneva at the salon international de la haute
horlogerie (SIHH) from January 18th to 22nd 2010.

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