Jaeger-LeCoultre – Unique Auction

07.20.11

Tuesday 29 November 2011, Hotel Marcel-Dassault, Paris

The vintage watch market grown considerably in recent years, and ARTCURIAL Briest-Poulain-F.Tajan, the leading French auction house, is delighted to announce a historic sale to be held on 29 November 2011: Jaeger-LeCoultre Unique Auction. Jaeger-LeCoultre is lending support to the event by providing an extract from the archives for every timepiece in the sale. Among the sale highlights, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the unique Atmos 561 by Marc Newson that will be sold in aid of charity, to the benefit of AMM, Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. AMM aims at collecting funds to finance research, organize scientific roundtables and improve the quality of life of the children, teenagers and young adults affected by the genetic illness. Progressively serious, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is characterized by a weakening of muscles and leads to lung and cardiac complications that become fatal with the onset of adulthood. The Atmos is the world’s only clock movement that runs on thin air. The unique Atmos 561 by Marc Newson is completely balanced and simple in design, as unexpected as it is obvious, yielding a spare form that borders on a sketch. Designer Marc Newson, who has always been fascinated by the Atmos clock, has designed its case as a Baccarat crystal bubble, which brings out its ethereal nature, lends it a futuristic elegance and catapults it into the ranks of today’s great designs. For this unique Atmos piece, Baccarat customized its crystal using all its expertise and following numerous manufacturing operations. The “unpolished” technique was applied first to the exterior surface of the crystal which was subsequently immersed into acid baths to obtain a sandblasted crystal effect. During this operation, certain areas of the crystal were protected, which allowed to show several shades of the sandblasted crystal. Exceptional Viewings for an Exceptional Sale. The first viewing will be a partial presentation of the sale at the Hôtel Hermitage in Monte Carlo from July 23-26, during Artcurial's prestige jewellery and watch sales in Monaco. The watches from the Jaeger-LeCoultre auction will then be on show in Geneva from November 11-14, coinciding with the frontline international watch sales. The final viewing will be at the Hôtel Marcel-Dassault in Paris from November 24-28, prior to the auction on Tuesday 29 November 2011 (7pm).