Hermès Atmos Clock by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Hermès Atmos Clock by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Hodinkee has turned us to the latest iteration of the legendary Atmos clock from Jaeger-LeCoultre. This time around, Jaeger is collaborating with Hermès for the desk clocks. Atmos clocks of the past need no winding or battery. They’re powered by a gas-fueled mechanism that leads to the balance wheel beating just twice per minute, instead of the few hundred you’ll find in a wristwatch’s movement. And now, this latest creation mates the Swizz watchmaker with French fashion house Hermès. The relationship between the two dates back to the 1920s but was a halted in the 1970s when Hermès began making all their timepieces in house.

Les Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, the famous glassblowers, created a special double layer glass dome so complicated to produced that only the six most talented glassblowers at the firm were capable of completing the process. The air-blown dome is cut to reveal transparent pearl-like beads, and then polished to create subtle light effects. The entire dome is lined with white enamel. Magnificent. The 276 x 276 x 272 mm clock weights over 10kg and the dotted exterior allows for viewing of the incredible JLC caliber 560a Atmos movement.

This piece of work is filled with endless detailing and so sophisticated that we’re surprised that the limited quantity number is 176. It’s priced at roughly $39,000 USD.

House Industries for Maison Hermès Alphabetic Equestrian

House Industries for Maison Hermès Alphabetic Equestrian

House Industries crafted this special window display for the Maison Hèrmes boutique in Tokyo’s Ginza District. The hand-drawn Hermès horse is sired from custom cut solid Wisconsin cedar, bringing a bit of Americana to the Japanese shop. The design canters through a harlequin carousel of letter-borne livery with exceptional alphabetic dressage. “Stoutly-sculptured cedar characters draped with signature Hermès stablemates carry on our motif throughout twelve animated window installations.” The installation will be on display until January 17, 2012.

Vintage luggage by Louis Vuitton, Dunhill and Hermès at Christie’s

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On May 19th, Christie’s London South Kensington branch will be holding an auction for the ages. Vintage luggage from Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Dunhill will be on display but not for long we’re guessing. Some things are just so timeless that they will be picked up at first sight. 

“Harking back to a golden age of travel, vintage luggage encapsulates the glamor and decadence of a bygone era when journeying to a foreign land involved adventure, romance and style,” says Christie’s’ Director of Textiles Pat Frost. “These exquisitely crafted pieces evoke a time when the journey was as important as the destination. With iconic names including Louis Vuitton, Dunhill and Hermes leading the field and remaining very collectible they not only functional but design objects in their own right.”

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Concept: Electronic Hermès diary by Alexandre Fourn

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Designed by Alexandre Fourn, the Hermès Contre-Temps is a concept for an electronic diary based on flexible OLED and e-paper technology. Although this is only a concept, Fourn went so far as to adding a Hermès stamp on the surface of the diary. The electronic diary supports email clients, features an RSS reader and touchscreen functionality.

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Hermes Clipper Mecanique Chronograph watch

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Hermes’ newest luxury watch, the Clippter Mecanique Chronograph, is one of the most refined watches this world has to offer. It’s cased in 18k rose gold, and contains a fine mechanical movement, nothing less of what we would expect from the luxe-goods maker.

The mechanical automatic movement is a bi-compax chronograph with a 30 minute counter, the time, and date. As these things are nothing different than many other watch makers, I’m still wondering why the bloody watch costs $50,000. I guess what you’re paying for is the name. As far as watches go, if you want the name, there are a few that are more reputable and much less straining on your wallet.