THE BEST Clocks

Travel Alarm 1884

Travel Alarm 1884

Victorinox’s retro-style Travel Alarm 1884 pocketwatch is sure to send steampunk fans into a frenzy; it clicks shut a-la a Swiss Army Knife and is made with stainless steel and MABS plastic.

Darth Vader Alarm Clock

Darth Vader Alarm Clock

We’d think twice about snoozing with this Darth Vader Alarm Clock, which features three sound effects, glowing red digits, audio jack input and force grip if you nap too long.

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BeoSound 3 Radio

BeoSound 3 Radio

Not your everyday clock radio, Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound 3 sits in a vertically oriented aluminum case; it’ll play MP3/WMAs via SD/MMC cards and uses a rechargeable battery.

Star Trek Clock

Star Trek Clock

YOUgNeek’s Star Trek Clock is a direct answer to Trekkies that felt left out by their previous Star Wars Clock; it’s made with 12 Micro Machine vehicles and a DS9 in the middle.

Ora (il)Legale Clock

Ora (il)Legale Clock

Until they abolish daylight savings entirely, Denis Guidone’s Ora (il)Legale Clock may be the next best solution: a flat base lets you tip it forward or back; it’ll exhibit next week in Milan.

Patachronic Clock

Patachronic Clock

Mesmerizing to watch, interactive artist Tobias Revell’s Patachronic Clock consists of 60 clocks in a circle; each clock ticks roughly one second faster and slower than its neighbors.

DIY: Bulbdial Clock

DIY: Bulbdial Clock

Think of the Bulbdial Clock as a modern sundial: three rings of 12 multicolored LEDs project light onto a central rod, which in turn casts shadows–i.e., minute, hour and second hands.

Planet Earth Desk Clock

Planet Earth Desk Clock

Ulysse Nardin’s Planet Earth desk clock is for geocentric folks who need a sense of place as well as time; it shows the position of the Sun, Moon and fixed stars in relation to Earth.

Tuner Time

Tuner Time

Antrepo’s Tuner Time causes so much confusion that they’ve nicknamed it “I’m not a clock”; it looks like a clock, but is actually a stereo FM radio with a giant tuner and volume control.

Concept: RollOclock

Concept: RollOclock

While RollOclock’s linearly creeping display of time isn’t the most efficient use of space, Aleksey Belyalov’s concept offers an artsy alternative to round analog and digital displays.

Homer Simpson Clock

Homer Simpson Clock

Granted, it’s sophomoric to the extreme, but this Homer Simpson Clock features rotating eyes that follow a nice cool Duff all day long; now if only they’d hook up a donut clock, doh!

Oclock

Oclock

No, the picture above isn’t some perspective trick: Anthony Duffeleer’s Oclock is a giant, illuminated 4-foot wide clock with that can be left on the floor or mounted on a wall.

Star Wars Clock

Star Wars Clock

While we’re expecting a copyright take-down notice any day now, this Star Wars clock by YOUgNeek has us reminiscing of Death Star trench runs and days spent womp-rat hunting.

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Time Tuner Clock

Time Tuner Clock

Seen over at Kanye’s blog, the Time Tuner Clock stylishly melds retro with modern; it may look like an old radio tuner display, but actually displays 12 hours in a linear format.

Epoch Clock

Epoch Clock

Geeks who live and breathe hexadecimal will love ThinkGeek’s Epoch Clock; despite its monolithic appearance, it’ll display the time in hex, octal, binary and unix epoch/POSIX.

Oregon Scient. Atomic Clock

Oregon Scient. Atomic Clock

Oregon Scientific’s gadgets are pricey, but you can’t dog real functionality and good design: their sleek Atomic Clock is accurate to the millisecond and also displays the weather.

Tokibot Clocks

Tokibot Clocks

The perfect gift for your robot overlord, Tokibots are solid metal alarm clocks, replete with bolts, springs and articulating limbs. Our top pick: TANK, who likes demolition derbies.

Porsche Eton Clock Radio

Porsche Eton Clock Radio

Porsche Design’s stylish Eton P’9210 Clock Radio has three speakers, a subwoofer, iPod dock and satellite radio hookup. Other than the odd remote, the minimalist design works.

Talking Dalek Alarm Clock

Talking Dalek Alarm Clock

First there was the Voice Changer Helmet, and now there’s the Talking Dalek Alarm Clock. Nothing like flashing LED lights and “Exterminate” to get your butt out of bed.

Life Clock

Life Clock

Bertrand Planes’ Life Clock literally ticks along at a snail’s pace as it counts down the years (from 0-84). Unfortunately (or fortunately), we’ll never have one–only seven were ever made.

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Exposed Flip Clock

Exposed Flip Clock

New at ThinkGeek: the Exposed Flip Clock allows you to watch all 86,400 of your daily seconds tick away in agonizing detail. The gear on the left is a 24 hour alarm.

Decode Clock

Decode Clock

Arthur Yung and Clemen Cheung’s Decode Clock reminds us of Ross McBride’s Normal watch: the hours are “encoded”, with the hollowed-out hour hand serving as a decryption key.

Bedol Water-Powered Clock

Bedol Water-Powered Clock

Bedol’s Water-Powered Clock is so elegant that we can’t help but smile. Using water and a bit of salt, the clock extracts electrons from the solution, serving essentially as a fuel cell.

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