THE BEST Clocks

JLC Atmos 566 Clock

JLC Atmos 566 Clock

At $2,600 you’ll forever be unable to buy another clock, but Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Atmos 566 runs forever: it’s powered by temperature changes of at least 1 degree Celsius every 2 days.

DIY: Weather Clock

DIY: Weather Clock

Sean Carney’s Weather Clock looks old fashioned, but it’s actually high tech: an Arduiino scrapes data from the Internet and displays temperature and conditions using two servos.

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Video: Standard Time

Video: Standard Time

Rotterdam Central Station takes hand-wound movements to the digital extreme with Standard Time: 36 workers manually changed an LED-style clock for 24 hours this past November.

Anti System Extreme Clocks

Anti System Extreme Clocks

Anti System’s Extreme Clocks are time trials of a different sort: the clocks come in three completely one-of-a-kind designs that are made from 20″ BMX tires and recycled skateboards.

Website: Scroll Clock

Website: Scroll Clock

A symphony of sliders and a study in operating system UIs, Toki Woki’s Scroll Clock was made using the MooTools JS framework; check out the multi-OS gallery here. Thanks, Scott!

World’s Loudest Alarm

World’s Loudest Alarm

Warning: do not try this at home (or anywhere else); Kipkay.com has built the world’s loudest alarm clock, replacing a cheap 1″ speaker with two ear-splitting, 140 dB electric horns.

Bike Wheel Clock

Bike Wheel Clock

From spokes to the stroke of midnight: PixelThis’ Bike Wheel Clock gives old wheels a new lease on life with a high-torque quartz movement; it’s 22″ wide and runs on 1 AA battery.

Raised Number Clock

Raised Number Clock

Crate and Barrel’s Raised Number Wall Clock doesn’t tell time, it blasts it out: bold, 3D extruded numbers, aluminum hands and a black-on-black colorway make this ideal for modern pads.

Sony ICF-CL75iP

Sony ICF-CL75iP

It could use a more memorable name, but Sony’s ICF-CL75iP is an uber alarm clock: it packs a 7″ 800×480 LCD, 1 GB of onboard storage, AM/FM radio, and retractable iPod Dock.

QLOCKTWO

QLOCKTWO

If you’re allergic to numbers, QLOCKTWO is an all-alphabet time piece that’s also a minimalist work of art; available in six colors and six languages for $1,600, there’s also a $0.99 app.

Jetlag Alarm Clock

Jetlag Alarm Clock

Created by a LaCie hard drive designer, the Jetlag Alarm Clock is ideal for travelers who don’t want to fuss with hotel clocks; it’s half the size of a passport and is dead simple to use.

Tik Tak Clock

Tik Tak Clock

Habitat’s Tik Tak Clock is less time telling and more time traveling; radiating powder-coated stainless steel spines are halfway between an episode of Star Trek and Kubrick’s 2001.

BeoTime

BeoTime

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoTime looks like a flute, but it’s actually a hybrid alarm clock and remote control; the latter function lets it use other B&O products to serve as audio and visual alarms.

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Route O’Clock

Route O’Clock

Part timepiece and part gadget, Route O’Clock is a functioning router that also displays bandwidth strength in half-hour segments; it lets users choose the best time to use the internet.

Concept: Time Switch

Concept: Time Switch

We wish it were this easy to make looming deadlines disappear, but Harc Lee’s Time Switch concept turns all of us into time-freezing superheroes–even if it’s just for a minute.

Black & White Clock

Black & White Clock

Vadim Kibardin strips time down to its bare essentials with the Black & White Clock; it uses four OLED figures with self-contained power supplies and an invertible day/night display.

Trace of Time Clock

Trace of Time Clock

The Trace of Time Clock ensures you’ll never run late again: it’s a dry-erase board with a single hand that wipes out tasks as they happen, leaving the tardy with no idea of what’s transpired.

On-Time Wall Clock

On-Time Wall Clock

If you set your clock a few minutes fast to avoid being late, this On-Time Wall Clock by Fabrica features a minute hand that is bent three minutes forward; no word yet on availability.

Mississippi Clock

Mississippi Clock

A modern interpretation of the classic childhood counting mnemonic, this Mississippi Clock is both goofy and sophisticated, with clean, modern lines and densely packed writing.

Tempus Mobile Clock

Tempus Mobile Clock

Made for discerning yacht owners, this ultra-swank Erwin Sattler Tempus Mobile: it sports a gimbal suspension, silvered dial, bronze case, granite base and is of course water resistant.

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Neverlate Alarm Clock

Neverlate Alarm Clock

If you’re a heavy sleeper, the Neverlate Executive Alarm Clock will rattle you out of bed with its array of 21 daily alarms; it also includes 20 radio presets and MP3 player input via USB.

Geek Clock

Geek Clock

Yes, the equations match up with the numbers on a regular clock, but it’ll take you some “time” to truly figure out this Geek Clock; it uses everything from hex code to math jokes.

JLC Atmos Regulator

JLC Atmos Regulator

Powered by temperature changes, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Dunhill’s black-edition Atmos Regulator clock doesn’t require batteries or winding; you’ll have to pay an arm and a leg, though.

Clock Clock

Clock Clock

It makes our heads hurt thinking about it, but the video helps explain how Clock Clock works; it’s basically an array of analog clocks whose hands combine to show digital time.

100-Year Clock

100-Year Clock

Che-Wei Wang’s 3.16 Billion Cycles clock will fall apart after 100 years; a 60rpm motor drives a cascading array of wheels, the last of which causes the outer arc to fall in a century.

Magnetic Water Clock

Magnetic Water Clock

Time in a (water) bottle: the Water Clock uses magnets to drive two balls around for the hour and minute hands; you customize it by using your own plate or glass to hold water.

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