Eunice Kennedy Shriver dedicated her life to improve and enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. She – sister to President John F. Kennedy – was the founder of the Special Olympics and a leader in the worldwide struggle to understand and aid the disabled.
Upon her death, she asked that her son, Anthony Kennedy Shriver, sell her prized limited-edition Atmos Regulateur Transparent Glass Table Clock number 1/50 in the name of her lifelong commitment to this worthy cause. Today, Gray & Sons is proud to be the fine watch and jewelry establishment selected to oversee the sale and handling of this prized timepiece. The Atmos clock is being sold for the benefit of Best Buddies International, a global non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that Anthony Kennedy Shriver founded in 1989 to create opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual disabilities.
This timepiece is a Jaeger LeCoultre Atmos Regulateur Transparent Table Clock: #1 of 50. It is powered by minor changes in temperature and atmospheric air pressure. The first simple Atmos was invented by Jaeger LeCoultre in 1928. It features a glass case and transparent dial with Arabic numerals, mechanical calibre 582 movement with moon phases, month, and 24-hour display.
The last new retail price for this clock was $62,000, but you can own this Kennedy Heirloom and fine clock for only $44,500 including insured delivery from Gray & Sons. Part of this purchase may be considered a tax deductible donation- please check with your tax advisor.
Hand Delivery & Set-Up By Master Watchmaker Available For Additional Fee.
If you would like to purchase this clock, call Gray & Sons at 1-800-918-2608 anytime from 9am to 6pm EDT.
What makes the Atmos Clocks by Jaeger LeCoultre so special?
The Atmos clocks do not need a power plug nor a winding key. Instead, they get their energy from temperature changes in the environment. The following explanation is taken from the Atmos wikipage:
“Its power source is a hermetically sealed capsule containing a mixture of gas 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. This motion constantly winds the mainspring. A variation in temperature of only one degree in the range between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius 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 60 times slower that the pendulum in a conventional clock.”
If you are interested in supporting Best Buddies, please make a tax deductible donation to this worth-while cause at: www.bestbuddies.org/donate.