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post #31 of 41
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Since we are poasting expensive clocks, this is the shiznit.

Another JLC Atmos Clock. These clocks are considered to be among the most efficient machines in the world. Moreover they were for many years the official gift of the Swiss government. Older and less but not unattractive versions can often be found on eBay for a fraction of their retail costs. Sadly these are usually brass ... but I do occasionally see the steel version.

I quote from Wikipedia: [It]does not need to be wound manually. It gets the energy it needs to run from temperature and atmospheric pressure changes in the environment, and can run for years without human intervention.

Its power source is an internal hermetically sealed capsule containing a mixture of gaseous and liquid ethyl chloride, which expands into an expansion chamber as the temperature rises, compressing a spiral spring; with a fall in temperature the gas condenses and the spring slackens.[1] This motion constantly winds the mainspring. A temperature variation of only one degree in the range between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius, or a pressure variation of 3 mmHg, is sufficient for two days' operation.

In order to run the clock on this small amount of energy, everything inside the Atmos has to work in as friction-free a manner as possible. For timekeeping it uses a torsion pendulum, which consumes less energy than an ordinary pendulum. The torsion pendulum executes only two torsional oscillations per minute, which is 1/60th the rate of the pendulum in a conventional clock.
post #32 of 41
A vintage, bejeweled Cartier clock would also be sick. But unless you have a security staff, I can't imagine leaving something like that lying around on your desk.




post #33 of 41
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QlockTwo by Biegert & Funk http://qlocktwo.com/info.php?lang=en I bought mine used for a fraction of its MSRP (I think it's very overpriced).
i still think this takes the cake
post #34 of 41
I also like the Max Bill clocks, but I think I prefer the one with numbers printed

post #35 of 41
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I quote from Wikipedia: [It]does not need to be wound manually. It gets the energy it needs to run from temperature and atmospheric pressure changes in the environment, and can run for years without human intervention.

Its power source is an internal hermetically sealed capsule containing a mixture of gaseous and liquid ethyl chloride, which expands into an expansion chamber as the temperature rises, compressing a spiral spring; with a fall in temperature the gas condenses and the spring slackens.[1] This motion constantly winds the mainspring. A temperature variation of only one degree in the range between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius, or a pressure variation of 3 mmHg, is sufficient for two days' operation.

In order to run the clock on this small amount of energy, everything inside the Atmos has to work in as friction-free a manner as possible. For timekeeping it uses a torsion pendulum, which consumes less energy than an ordinary pendulum. The torsion pendulum executes only two torsional oscillations per minute, which is 1/60th the rate of the pendulum in a conventional clock.

that's fascinating. also, i was wondering what a guy like you scoured ebay for. now i know.
post #36 of 41
i read the title wrong, thought this was going to be an interesting thread. and holy shit all of these clocks suck. get a regular clock.
post #37 of 41
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i read the title wrong, thought this was going to be an interesting thread.

and holy shit all of these clocks suck. get a regular clock.
You are a disgrace to the City of New Orleans! I'm gonna call Mary Landrieu and suggest that she have your sorry self hauled to and dumped on the other side of the state line with Mississippi!
post #38 of 41
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Originally Posted by rjakapeanut View Post
i read the title wrong, thought this was going to be an interesting thread.

and holy shit all of these clocks suck. get a regular clock.

Yes, OP wants a big, fat, juicy clock.
post #39 of 41
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You are a disgrace to the City of New Orleans! I'm gonna call Mary Landrieu and suggest that she have your sorry self hauled to and dumped on the other side of the state line with Mississippi!

i'll go if she goes. landrieu is a disgrace to the city of new orleans.

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Yes, OP wants a big, fat, juicy clock.

post #40 of 41
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i'll go if she goes. landrieu is a disgrace to the city of new orleans.
If one has a proclivity for understatement, one could say she is a tad conservative for a Democrat.
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