The Atmos - The perpetual clock?  1 Comments


Perpetual movement is considered as an engineering impossibility. Continued movement without stopping would require either zero friction or infinite supply of energy. The Atmos however is one machine that seems to have put that engineering truth on its head. The Atmos is indeed one of the horological wonders of the century.
It is a clock that is able to keep time indefinitely without the need of key to wind or weights to turn or power the clock. This engineering feat works on the variation of mere degrees of room temperature through the day to wind the power reserve on this clock. Here are two modern examples of the Atmos with its rotating wheel (like a watch balance wheel) at the bottom of the clock running parallel to the earth to avoid any interference of gravity. These images were photographed at the JLC boutique at the Raffles Hotel Singapore. In the near future, I will be sharing with you some detailed images of the Atmos clock movement as I have been invited to photograph one belonging to a good friend. So do come by to see more about this superlative clock.

- HT



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