I’ve always found it interesting how the simple clock can be marvelously complex. Even for a generic timepiece, a whole lot of skill goes into fitting those cogs and gears just right. At its face, Story is quite simple and minimalist, consisting simply of a wooden base and a metallic sphere. But getting the sphere to levitate on the face of the clock is where the magic happens.
Spiders are terrifying, but you might want to try to get over that fear and appreciate the beauty of Arachnophobia – quite a remarkable clock from MB&F. Inspired by Maman, a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, the Arachnophobia takes the shape of a rather gigantic spider.
Grand Master Astronomical clock measures six feet tall and five feet wide. Made on commission by Art Donovan, much of the clock was hand built over a period of three months. Components on the solid mahogany body are held by oversized hand machined brass bolts.
A master woodworker and carpenter, Valerii Danevych has the skill in his blood. Coming from a long line of cabinet workers, Danevych certainly would be comfortable around lumber. He felt a need to challenge himself and push his skill, to that end he started studying watchmaking. Starting with his first watch in 2005, Danevych completed it after three years, with the result being a completely functional watch made solely out of wood.
For automobile enthusiasts, the Porsche 911 alarm clock has to hold a special value, mainly that of being super cool. The dial and the casing follow authentic Porsche style, and are a good impression of what you can find in a 911 dashboard. Costs $215.
Parmigiani is playing the age old cat and mouse game with this clock. The cat is trying its best to get hold of the mouse, and the presumably clever mouse is running for its life. Sadly for the cat, there is no catching this mouse. The cat moves in a one hour circuit, while the mouse continuously runs away from it. Should the cat and mouse end up in the same position, the mouse leaps away to escape the clutches of the cat.
Clearly inspired by Dali’s paintings, the melting time warp shelf clock gives a new touch to time keeping. Although given its appearance, we refuse to believe that the clock simply means to show time. We suspect ulterior motives, wormholes, magic, armageddon, and a whole lot more conspiracy theories. costs $12.
Chain Clocks are somewhat complex, but mostly intriguing timepieces with a very simple display. Numbers are displayed along the length of a chain that moves around with gears, creating an interesting visual experience. The idea was to make a timepiece that was simple, yet complex enough to attract interest.
You better be on time, or this grandfather clock is not going to be pleased. Made by StraightLineDesigns.
Rather than waking you up with monotonous, irritating sounds, the Good Morning Clock greets you with the voice of Stephen Fry. Not just weird sounds, but classy greetings to wake you up. It has up to 120 sounds, each with phrases like “The world has been very anxious to hear from you for the last eight hours. Shall I inform the news agencies you’re about to rise, Sir?” Sounds classy, right? And way better than what those run of the mill alarm clocks have to offer. Costs $70.