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October 1, 2012updated Feb 13, 2013

Horology: Tabletop Timekeeping

By Chris Boyle

Enamel dome clock / Patek PhilippeAtmos du Millénaire Transparente Joaillerie / Jaegar-LeCoultreVenetian Inspiration Décor Clock / CartierNew York, New York – Reported by Nate Borgelt for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Timepiece enthusiasts focused on which wristwatch to wear on any given day may overlook the integral role a table clock plays in the home or the office. The clock was the first truly mechanical form of timekeeping and has seen countless iterations over the centuries, reaching its apex during the 1930s Art Deco period. The following companies keep the age-old art of clock making relevant for today’s connoisseur.

Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe workshops continue to fashion one-of-a-kind cloisonné enamel dome clocks. The renowned watchmaker began producing clocks in the 1950s and over the years has created a bevy of unique pieces. Diverse and imaginative themes range from nature scenes to cityscapes and more. The clock is fashioned with precise finesse—the detail and color of each dome is a prime example of quality craftsmanship—to create vibrant and exceptional works of art (about US$62,980).

Invented in the 1920s, the aptly named Atmos clock is powered through fluctuations in barometric pressure in the atmosphere. The Atmos du Millénaire Transparente Joaillerie is a modern iteration of a mid-century classic, enhancing the elegance of the case to correspond with the elegant motions of the movement. The clock, comprised of 18K white gold with mother-of-pearl and diamond accents, displays the time, moon phase, month and year up to 3000 (reference 5745102: US$80,000).

Cartier’s rich history of craftsmanship includes spectacular clocks and the company continues to build beautiful examples for their clientele. Part of their Exceptional clocks line, the Venetian Inspiration Décor Clock channels the brand’s exquisite design principles and incorporates Cartier’s 6002 mechanical movement. The sterling silver timekeeper, available in his and her sizes, is finished in palladium and stands on a black-lacquered base with red jasper cabochon elements (reference W0100146: about US$23,354).

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