Jaeger LeCoultre has revealed a very special tribute to the late Austrian symbolist painter, Gustav Klimt…
For this year’s Atmos clock from Jaeger LeCoultre, they have recreated “The Kiss”, one of Klimt’s most famous pieces. Created during his “Golden Period” between 1907-08, “The Kiss” was a highlight of Gustav Klimt’s lifework. Using oil paint and gold leaf on a perfect square canvas, “The Kiss” depicts a couple embracing, with their elaborately decorated robes entwining. And to create the intricate, shimmering mosaic look, the gold leaf was applied to over 1,200 pieces of wood to create this masterpiece.
This faithful recreation brings together exotic wood such as walnut, maple, pear, ceylon lemon, ash burl and madrona burl to create the cabinet. A hidden button automatically opens the cabinet to display the other masterpiece inside.
The Atmos clock inside features a similar sense of aesthetics as the cabinet itself. The main dial shows heavy use of mother of pearl, with the moon phase indicator created from gold, diamonds and wood. The interior of the cabinet is lined with rhodium and sapphire glass. This new Atmos Marqueterie clock is comprised of 386 handmade parts total, diplaying the hours, minutes, month, 24-hour indicator and the moon phase.