The Secrets of Atmos at Jaeger-LeCoultre Starhill Boutique

I have been receiving newsletters and invitations from Swiss watch brand Jaeger LeCoultre for quite sometimes but it was not until recently that I finally made it to one of its soirées. Held at the brand's Starhill Gallery boutique, we were called upon to gather and witness the genius invention from 1928 that is The Atmos Clock.

Forget your lame battery operated Ikea clocks because the Atmos extracts its energy from the slightest variations in temperature which means it lives on irregular temperature conditions. Or simply put, there is no AA or AAA needed to power your clock. It can work for decades and even centuries without any human intervention!

The secret actually lies in the prodigiously accurate and low-consumption mechanism that comes tantalisingly close to one of humankind’s oldest dreams: perpetual motion.

How it works

Boo! I took a selfie!

Fun Facts

  • A one-degree temperature difference supplies the Atmos with enough energy to run for 48 hours.
  • The Atmos uses so little energy that a fly landing on the minute hand could stop it.
  • 60 million Atmos clocks would use as much energy as a 15-watt electric bulb.
  • The Atmos can accumulate a power reserve of up to one year.

Jaeger-LeCoultre ATMOS 561 by Marc Newson

Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos Classique Phases de Lune Q5117201

  • The mechanism of the Atmos is so perfect that the gear-train requires no lubrication.
  • The moon-phase mechanism of the Atmos is so accurate that it will display a mere one-day discrepancy after 3,821 years!
  • The metal alloy of the Elinvar® wire is so hard to obtain that the stock is kept in a bank vault
For more info about this powerful invention, visit or Jaeger LeCoultre boutique at Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur today!