THE BEST Clocks

Altimeter Table Clocks

Altimeter Table Clocks

The perfect desktop timekeeper for aerophiles, these cast aluminum and brass desk clocks are based on the design of altitude meters from WWII fighter jets. Sadly, they’re currently out of stock, but keep your eyes on Cool Material’s shop for a restock soon.

The Only Clock

The Only Clock

KIBARDINDESIGN’s modern, minimal desk/wall clock tells time using LEDs. Either numbers or roman numerals indicate the hour, while the dots around its edge indicate minutes. It also functions as an alarm clock, and has a battery backup to keep time in the event of an outage.

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Fly on the Wall Clock

Fly on the Wall Clock

This big-handed, battery-operated wall clock by Taichung designer Yenwen Tseng looks like a giant house fly that’s landed on your wall no matter what time of day it is. Giant fly swatter not included.

MagicTime LED Clock

MagicTime LED Clock

Let’s call a spade a spade. MagicTime is a copycat of the White & White Clock, albeit a more affordable and versatile one. It has 86 customizable RGB LEDs and can also be used as a countdown timer or a scoreboard. Available with a walnut or a bamboo body.

Rhei Clock

Rhei Clock

Damjan Stankovic and Marko Pavlovic’s Rhei works a lot like the Ferrolic Clock, except it uses mechanically operated magnets instead of electromagnets to control the ferrofluid. Its animation is a lot simpler, but none of the shapes produced are exactly alike.

Lithe Clock

Lithe Clock

Studio Ve’s wall mounted Lithe Clock possesses wispy long minute and hour hands made of steel wire, which sweep, bend and swoosh on the clock face, much like the way a ballerina performs around the stage. Number decals are included.

Engraved Digital Alarm Clock

Engraved Digital Alarm Clock

Etsy seller Teals Prairie offers a sleek laminate cube clock that can be engraved with your favorite saying or quote. We recommend the old adage “time is a flat circle” or the classic “in the midnight hour, she cried more, more, more.”

SensorWake Scent Alarm

SensorWake Scent Alarm

SensorWake is an alarm clock that can wake you up within two minutes by diffusing scents. Each scent cartridge can be used 60 times and is 100% recyclable. Scents include espresso, mint and the almighty dollar.

Wakē Smart Alarm

Wakē Smart Alarm

Wakē (“wakey”) is a wall-mounted alarm that beams light and sound only to the person on one side of the bed. It uses a parametric speaker to focus the sound, while the white LED slowly brightens to ease your waking.

Rolling World Clock

Rolling World Clock

Designed by Korea’s 11+, this bold and functional desk clock lets you easily check what time is anywhere on Earth, simply by rolling it to the appropriate time zone, as indicated by the city names on its outside. Measures 3″ in diameter.

Blub Uno Nixie Clock

Blub Uno Nixie Clock

While it wouldn’t be the first Nixie tube clock we’ve seen, there is something nifty about the minimal design of the Blub Uno, which displays digits one at a time on its single numeric tube. It also has date, temperature and alarm functions.

JBL Horizon

JBL Horizon

The JBL Horizon is designed to be your bedside buddy. Aside from a speaker, the Horizon also has an alarm clock, an FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a 3.5mm jack, two USB charging ports and an ambient light.

Nuvitron Nixie Clock

Nuvitron Nixie Clock

Looking like something that belongs on a mantle in BioShock’s lost city of Rapture, these limited-edition handmade wood art deco clocks feature the warm orange glow of high voltage, cold-war era Nixie tubes to tell time.

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Spira Wireless Charger and Clock

Spira Wireless Charger and Clock

This concept by ÉCAL design student Alice Robbiani, is comprised of a magnetic smartphone charging case with a wall-mounted charging base. What makes it truly special is the interactivity, offering charging feedback and a clock display.

Coffeemaker Clock

Coffeemaker Clock

The Barisieur is Joshua Renouf’s concept for a coffee lover’s alarm clock. When the alarm goes off, an electric heater and stainless steel balls boil the water, which will then drip onto coffee grounds. Why does this not exist already?

Human Clock TV

Human Clock TV

From Craig Giffen, creator of the picture-based Human Clock and Human Calendar, comes Human Clock.TV. The site tells the time on a minute-by-minute basis using video clips. You can also upload clips for the clock.

ChronoDisc Wall Clock

ChronoDisc Wall Clock

While the vast majority of wall clocks use hands which rotate around a center point, designer Karl Dierenbach’s clever and minimal ChronoDisc tells time using two easy-to-read pointers which spin on an off-center orbit.

Text Flip Clock

Text Flip Clock

This wide format tabletop clock uses the type of mechanism found in 1970s flip clocks, but tells time using words instead of digits. Measures a whopping 35″ wide x 7″ deep x 8 ” high. We only wish it were made from wood instead of plastic.

Soundfreaq Sound Rise

Soundfreaq Sound Rise

A compact 3.5W Bluetooth audio player, FM radio and alarm clock. Sound Rise can wake you up with a chime or with music from the radio or your mobile device. It also has a USB charging port and 3.5mm input. Also available in black.

Re_Vinyl Cut-out Clocks

Re_Vinyl Cut-out Clocks

Artist Pavel Sidorenko creates cool wall and desk clocks by laser-cutting old vinyl records with intricate imagery of cities, scenes and other objects. We’re not sure the city names are necessary, but they’re still neat.

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XKCD: Now

XKCD: Now

Randall Munroe continues his experiments with dynamic and time-based comics. His latest piece appears static, but it’s actually a world clock. A web comic world clock. We’d love to have a watch version of this.

PlotClock

PlotClock

This lonely little robot has just one job to do – to tell the time by writing it down, then erasing it, over and over and over again. Even though it has no feelings, we’ve attached some and decided it’s the world’s most depressed robot.

Blub Tube Clock

Blub Tube Clock

Designed by Duncan Hellmers, the Blub is a nixie tube clock with a modern and minimalist look. It also has an alarm mode and can also display the date and temperature. Its aluminum base comes in clear or black anodized finish.

Moon Clock

Moon Clock

While we’d like it even better if it had three howling wolves on it, we’d still be happy to put Haoshi Design’s wolf and moon clock on our wall. Gently glows at when the lights go down. Made from resin, it measures ~9.84″ W x 2.36″ D.

Philips Wake-Up Light

Philips Wake-Up Light

The Philips Wake-up Light is designed to wake you up gently. Its yellow light and alarm sound gradually increase starting from 30 min. before your preset time. You can customize the intensity of the light or use it as a bedside lamp.

ALARMclock

ALARMclock

Aside from being an alarm clock, this quirky device can show you how much money, friends and time you have left. It will be updated to display other news and facts in the future. If you haven’t thrown it away by that time.

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