By Andrew Liszewski
Rarely do I look at a gadget and think, “I’m not worthy enough to own such a device,” but this is one of those times. Just looking at a photo of the the Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 566 makes me feel as if I’ve accidentally walked into a store that’s above my price range and level of sophistication, while the sales staff hope I quietly exit without making a scene. Even reading the description makes me feel awkward.
Reinvented by Australian designer Marc Newson, its balanced and simple design is as unexpected as it is obvious, resulting in a level of sobriety that borders on minimalist. Its Baccarat crystal case houses a new movement, the Jaeger-LeCoultre 566 Calibre, which in addition to indicating the hours and minutes, also displays the month, equation of time and a splendid view of the night sky as viewed from the Northern Hemisphere. It also includes an indication of the cardinal points and astrological signs. Two limited editions will be available: a series of 48 in Baccarat crystal, and another of just 28 in blue Baccarat crystal.
All I got to say is that’s one fancy ticker box you got there mister! And the price? Well if you actually care what it costs then I’m pretty sure this isn’t the desk clock for you. Now would you mind leaving without making a scene?