THE BEST Clocks

Eta Clock Location Indicator

Eta Clock Location Indicator

They didn’t mention it in their pitch, but DC Creatives’ Eta Clock is clearly a rip-off of the Weasley’s magical place-telling clock. Not that it’s a bad thing, what with the original device being nonexistent and all. The only downer here is the price.

Sandman Doppler Alarm Clock

Sandman Doppler Alarm Clock

Palo Alto Innovation’s Sandman Doppler has stereo speakers, six USB charging ports and is Alexa-enabled. It also has shortcut buttons for your favorite Alexa commands and macros, and an auto-dimming RGB LED display.

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Lixie Digital Display

Lixie Digital Display

A slick new take on vintage Nixie tubes. The open-source Lixie display uses LED edge-lit acrylic sheets to display different digits. Unlike Nixies they can be any color, and don’t require high voltage to operate. Designer Connor Nishijima explains how it works.

The City Clock

The City Clock

La Fabrique DIY’s quaint binary clock. The City Clock looks like a model of a traditional Parisian building, but the lights on its windows actually tell the time. You can also get just the clock’s electronics and make your own enclosure.

M.A.D. Gallery Nixie Machine II

M.A.D. Gallery Nixie Machine II

For the 5th anniversary of MB&F’s M.A.D. Gallery, industrial designer Frank Buchwald teamed up with nixie tube specialist Dalibor Farny for an updated version of Buchwald’s incredible Nixie Machine. The steel and brass clock can be tuned manually or online via Wi-Fi.

The Astro-Skeleton Clock

The Astro-Skeleton Clock

This could be the most complicated clock ever built. We cannot imagine the engineering involved in getting all of its gears, pulleys, and pendulums to work together to tell time. Mark Frank and Buchanan’s masterpiece has been under construction for over a decade.

Relay Levitating Nixie Clock

Relay Levitating Nixie Clock

LaserMad shows off a sweet retro-modern clock that uses high voltage vintage Nixie tubes which float in the air using electromagnets, get their power using a copper induction coil, and transmit the time to the digits using infrared light. Available in kit form or fully-assembled.

Shinola Runwell Clock

Shinola Runwell Clock

Shinola turned its Runwell watch design into a timeless wall clock. The clock has a zinc case, domed glass cover, and aluminum dial and hands. Available with a white, black or navy dial. An optional stand lets you set the clock on a tabletop.

Albert Clock

Albert Clock

Designer Axel Schindlbeck’s desk and wall timepiece is designed to help improve your math skills. Rather than tell time in simple hours and minutes, it displays equations you must solve instead. Offers four different difficulty levels as your skills improve.

Story Levitating Clock

Story Levitating Clock

This unique wall or table clock uses the power of magnetic levitation to float its hour hand (er, hour sphere) off its surface, creating a dramatic and minimal display as it casts a shadow on the wooden surface beneath. Want the exact time? An LED matrix display hides beneath the wood.

Color Changing Alarm Clock

Color Changing Alarm Clock

Marathon Watch Company’s bedside clock not only displays time, indoor temperature, and humidity, but you can choose from 256 different LED backlight colors to suit your mood or environment. It’s also got a pair of USB charging ports built in, increasing its usefulness.

Quarter Word Clock

Quarter Word Clock

CuClock’s word clock is compact and affordable, but it’s only for people who can afford to take it easy – the clock tells time only in fifteen minute increments. It can be wall-mounted and lasts up to 6mo on two C batteries.

Pac-Man Clock

Pac-Man Clock

Retro video game fans will love this clock which displays animated pixel art from the classic arcade game. Its 512 individual LEDs show the time along with pixel-perfect art of Pac-Man and his ghostly nemeses. Officially licensed by Bandai Namco. Measures 7.8″w x 4.2″h x 2″d.

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Etch Clock

Etch Clock

Instead of a screen or hands, this Swiss-made digital clock tells the time by embossing the digits on its rubber surface, which turns flat once again in a few seconds. You can make the numbers appear every 30s or whenever the clock detects noise.

Making a Clock from Scratch

Making a Clock from Scratch

Clickspring edited down footage from their extensive 23-part video series of a long-term build which took them over 1,000 hours to create – an elegant, fully functional timepiece built entirely in their machine shop. Sit back and chill for the next 12 minutes of wonder.

Brick Marble Click Clock

Brick Marble Click Clock

Ging-ko’s beautiful portable alarm clock has a wood body with a marble finish. Its white LED digits appear when you snap your fingers, clap your hands, tap the surface that it’s on or when the alarm goes off. It can also display the date and temperature.

Retro Digital Flip Alarm Clock

Retro Digital Flip Alarm Clock

A modern take on the old 1970s mechanical flip-dial alarm clocks. The animated LCD face mimics the flip design, but eliminates mechanical issues and the ticking sound which could keep light sleepers awake. It’s also got a super loud alarm that’s sure to wake you up.

Redundant Clock

Redundant Clock

Graphic designer Ji Lee originally conceptualized this tongue-in-cheek clock for a school assignment. The concept became an online hit. Now Lee has figured out how to turn it into a mass produced product.

Deal: Three Hourglass Alarm Clock

Deal: Three Hourglass Alarm Clock

This minimal analog timepiece not only works as a traditional alarm clock, but its magnetically-attached hourglasses flip over to provide 1-, 3-, and 5-minute timers, which let countdown at a glance. Save 26% in The Awesomer Shop.

Why We Say “O’Clock”

Why We Say “O’Clock”

Today I Found Out explains why we often say “o’clock” when telling time. It’s an abbreviated form of the ancient disclaimer “of the clock”, which came about around the 14th century to clarify that one consulted a clock instead of a sundial.

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Clock Clock 24

Clock Clock 24

You can now take home Humans Since 1982’s mesmerizing mega clock. For those not familiar with Clock Clock 24, it’s a functional sculpture that uses 24 small analog clocks to display the time in digits. You can adjust its movement between minimal, medium or elaborate.

In-Out Alarm Clock

In-Out Alarm Clock

No, Lexon’s bedside alarm clock won’t wake you up with the aroma of a double-double and animal style fries, but it will ensure that the alarm is properly set, with its smaller alarm time display, which is turned on when popped up, and turned off when hidden.

MWC Altimeter Wall Clock

MWC Altimeter Wall Clock

The Military Watch Company applied its spartan approach to wristwatches to make a handsome wall clock. The 9″ clock has an altimeter-inspired face, a polycarbonate case and a silent sweeping quartz movement.

Bent Wire Clock

Bent Wire Clock

Each of the 12 hours and two hands on designer Mark Prommel’s unique wall clock is made using a single length of stiff wire, formed into shape using a CNC wire bending machine. This striking timepiece turns any white wall into a work of modern art. Measures 28″ diameter.

Today Clock

Today Clock

Like the Slow Jo watch, Scott Thrift’s Today clock has a 24-hour dial, which means its hour hand makes only one rotation per day. The relaxing and contemplative clock face was inspired by the view from 30,000ft. Available as a desk clock or a wall clock.

Pinball DMD Clock

Pinball DMD Clock

Pinball fanatic J.M. Ratkos created this kit which uses a Run-DMD board to convert the dot-matrix display (DMD) from a pinball machine into an awesome animated clock. You can reach J.M. via the Pinside forum if you’re interested in buying one for yourself.

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