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Time Machines: Unique Horological Masterpieces

BY Bill Lindsey TIMEFebruary 5, 2022 PRINT

Exceptional clocks do more than tell time: Enjoying the exquisite intricacy of the dial, hands, and movements is almost a form of meditation.

Is It 8 Bells Yet?

Weems & Plath Ship's Bell Clock
(Courtesy of Weems & Plath)

Weems & Plath Atlantis 8-Day Wind Ship’s Bell Clock 8B
$1,049.99

Time at sea is marked by chiming bells, with eight sounding for a four-hour watch. The 11-jewel movement and highly polished housing of this clock lend a nautical feel to any office or at home. The bell can be muted, and the old-school movement requires winding every eight days.

Time in Motion

Atmos transparente
(Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre)

Atmos Transparente
$10,500

Since 1833, a band of Swiss craftsmen in the Vallée de Joux has been creating timeless masterworks. Their latest creation is a symphony of 217 components moving in perfect synchronization. The crystal dial and glass housing allow for an unimpeded, mesmerizing view of the mechanism in motion.

A Collectible Car for Your Desk

Time fast
(Courtesy of L’Epée)

The L’Epée Time Fast D8 Clock
$32,000

A team of 20 artisans collaborated on this most impressive desk clock. Almost as expensive as a real 1950s-style racer, the “engine” is a L’Epée movement. The steering wheel sets the time while rolling the car backward provides eight days of power.

Scotty, What Time Is It?

(Courtesy of MB&F)
(Courtesy of MB&F)

MB&F Starfleet Explorer
$11,650

Inspired by the Star Trek movies and TV series, the Starfleet Explorer is eye-catching from all angles. A rotating dome displays the minute with hours indicated by a rotating wheel. For maximum visibility, the escapement is mounted vertically on the in-house movement with an eight-day power reserve.

Time Traveler

Louis Vuitton Trunk Watch 2
(Courtesy of Louis Vuitton)

Louis Vuitton Trunk Table Clock
$5,050

A tribute to the firm’s iconic travel trunks, this is both functional and beautiful. The Swiss-made quartz movement has a GMT function to monitor a second time zone. The 24-hour display anthracite dial is accented with colorful flags and Super-LumiNova-treated hands for nighttime use.

Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey is an award-winning writer based in South Florida. He covers real estate, automobiles, timepieces, boats, and travel topics.
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