Time in a Crystal Bubble

Marc Newson, world known and respected designer is no novice when it comes to designing time. Because of his love of design and his great interest in Jaeger-LeCoultres Atmos original clocks, Newson has redesigned the Atmos using his special talents and skills. Welcome Atmos 561, a special eightieth anniversary clock. The Atmos 561 resembles a clock for the future. Suspended inside a Baccarat crystal bubble block, the Atmos 561 is powered by changes in temperature allowing the clock to run for years without the need to wind it or change batteries. A perfect clock for those of us who tend to be quite forgetful. Inside the clear crystal capsule, a combination of gas and liquid ethyl chloride expands into the chamber as the temperature rises, which compresses the internal spring. As the temperature lowers, the spring slackens. Newson once again shows his brilliance in design.

Designer: Marc Newson [ Via: Cool Hunting & Gizmodo ]

10 Comments

  • carl says:

    its like a kick to the nuts when you favourite designer does something that you dont like, so i will make this short..

    you cant read it easily. the white numbers the black hands and the clear face make it difficult to make out what time it is..

    using chemicals liquid ethyl chloride ?? might not be a planet friendly way of telling the time.

    and aesthetics? looks like a pickle jar upturned.. Sorry Marc, but you are only as good as your last piece of design.. so pull you frickin socks up buddy..!

    • enoo says:

      I totally agree (and the “looks like a pickle jar upturned” comments make me laugh a lot :) )

      And it says “powered by changes in temperature”, but what kind of amplitude should the changes have? Because if it stays inside a house, at almost the same temperature everytime of the year, it may not last long. Unless you put it in the fridge every night maybe …

    • zippyflounder says:

      he aint my favorite and he blew this one badly…Lots of phase change materials that can be used to power it, but i am certain he picked or (more likely) his engineers picked ethyl choloride for a lot of reasons (cost, performanc, pachaging, corrosion, leakage) so i wont wonk on his chops…hower it does look like a pickle jug doing a 1/2 roll.

      • unknown says:

        I have to agree with zippy the fraud on this one X|
        Well, if it was inside a cut ruby or sapphire, I would definitely buy, but that “plain old sucks rocks, Jacob!”…

  • chris2046 says:

    A perfect clock for those of us who tend to be quite forgetful. Inside the clear crystal capsule, a combination of gas and liquid ethyl chloride expands into the chamber as the temperature rises, which compresses the internal spring. As the temperature lowers, the spring slackens. Newson once again shows his brilliance in design.
    <—ummm..this part is funny,as I know this machanism is the feature of this kind of clock, not related to any brilliance of Newson.
    However, if you could compare the other 2 of this clock. his design really makes a different to the old traditional 1.

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