The Maison Holman Atmos Technique (The Holman Workshop Technique)
The Maison Holman Technique of restoring the Jaeger LeCoultre Atmos clock is a long, detail oriented process that Michael was taught by his certified watchmaker father Curtis Holman.
We have built a great reputation out of many years of high quality service and sale of our Atmos Clocks. Curtis Holman graduated from watchmaking school in 1978 and his son Michael Holman created the website naming it after his father and has serviced over 100 Atmos since 2013.
First, the client will send their Atmos to Maison Holman making sure that there is a signature for the package in order to receive it. The clock is then unpackaged and labeled immediately with the client’s information, the date Mike received the clock and the serial number of the model. Once this information is labeled, it is then entered into the database for record keeping.
The clock is added to the shelf, where it will be worked on according to the order it was received. Once the clocks before it have been repaired, the Atmos is then brought to the work bench, where it is completely dismantled and Mike is able to find the date of manufacture inscribed on the clock.
The clock movement is then passed through the Ultra Sonic Cleanser, rinsed in alcohol rinse and dried on a small parts dryer. After all the parts are dried, the mainspring is oiled and placed back into the barrel, other limited areas of the clock will be oiled as well. The Atmos is then re-assembled until the movement is attached, it is at this point that the movement is observed, carefully, making sure that it is functioning properly. This step is the one that takes the longest, as the tiniest inaccuracy will cause the Atmos to keep time incorrectly, by either being too fast or too slow.
Adjustments and regulations are done to the pallet fork, putting the clock in beat, continuing to make sure that the Atmos is keeping proper time. Finally, the dial and hands are placed back on the Atmos and the clock is observed closely for timekeeping.
Every piece of glass is cleaned thoroughly as well as the case posts which are either brass or gold. Once the clock appears to be running well, the bellow is placed back on the clock and the case is assembled. It is at this stage that the client has an option of gold plating their Atmos with 24kt gold or restoring the brass finish. The first option of gold plating in 24kt is $999, this plating includes restoring the case, base, interior base plate, dial pan, bellow motor and cover. With this option the client’s Atmos returns home with a Jeager LeCoultre box specifically designed for Atmos models: 540, 519, 528-8, 528-9. The second option for the client to restore the brass on the Atmos is $650 which includes restoration of the case, base, interior base plate, dial pan, bellow motor and cover. In this option there is only case reduction and parts restored. After one of these options is completed, the clock then moves to the large bench where it is observed for 3 weeks, the first 2 weeks the clock runs without any regulation and adjustment, before sending an invoice to the client. This invoice is typed up and emailed to the client, who is encouraged to mail their check for the services provided at the Maison Holman at their leisure. The check, once received, is then deposited and a 3 days print postage commercial base which pricing includes $600 to protect the glass of the Atmos clock if it is damaged.
The Atmos is then packaged very carefully, ensuring that no damage is done to it through being shipped. With either a double box system or if the client has purchased the manufacturer’s Jeager LeCoultre shipping box at a reduced rate with the Atmos service, at $75 the Jeager LeCoultre box sold alone costs $150. The Atmos is bubble wrapped, surrounded by peanuts taped up in the first box, then placed within a bigger box where more peanuts are placed to ensure safe travel. Both boxes are tapped thoroughly to ensure no damages to either the boxes themselves or the Atmos clock. Once the Atmos is prepared to be shipped back to the client, the package is sent USPS Priority 2 day mail and is intended to be shipped at the beginning of the week with a signature confirmation. Throughout this whole process, from start to finish, everything is done by the hands of Michael Holman, handcrafted with skilled expertise.
Michael Holman’s repair and restoration process takes between 1-3 months depending on the service needed and the volume of Atmos clocks in the workshop. Currently we are experiencing high volume.
If you decide you would like us to service your Atmos Clock, Please include our Services Request Form with the package. Click the link below to download the form.