The L’Epee 1839 Hot Balloon Modern Table Clock

Described as “a whimsical, airy timekeeper”, this magical creation will help you tell time in the most beautiful way possible and get you in the right mood for another hard day at the office. Resembling a hot air balloon, the latest project from L’Epee 1839 was designed by Margo Clavier, a young student from the Swiss design academy ECAL. The Hot Balloon clock can sit both on the desk, but it can also be suspended from the ceiling. Standing at 31 cm high, this wonderful clock was made of brass and stainless steel, with the balloon open-worked into a spiral motif that inspires us, mere mortals, to feel overwhelmed while questioning this balloon’s ability to fly. Despite the radically different form, this interesting desk clock is powered by the same movement as the one found in the space-age Time Machine clock, the cal. 1855. This means an eight-day power reserve, a vertical escapement and many other goodies. The clock can be wound in two ways, either by turning the entire gondola or by simply turning the notched ring that sits right below its upper edge; time heals all wounds, but telling time might be even more important. Two stacked, rotating drums located at the base of the balloon, will do so with the help of a flame-shaped indicator. Available in five exquisite finishes – an all-palladium version, one with palladium and the balloon in red, black or blue, as well as an all-gold option – each iteration of the Hot Balloon Desk Clock is limited to only 50 pieces and will cost SFr19,900 (roughly the same in US dollars). Be sure to check spider table clock and octopus table clock.

Urban Concrete Cuckoo Clocks by Guido Zimmermann

German multidisciplinary artist Guido Zimmermann reinterprets the iconic German cuckoo clock using examples of modern architecture. The artist notes that while “the classic cuckoo clock stands for the prosperity of the middle class and counts as a kind of luxury for the staid home, the updated version as a panel construction shows today’s urban and social life in apartment blocks.” Zimmermann drew on specific examples of modern architecture to create his sculptural “Cuckoo Blocks”. Grids of windows peek out of flat concrete surfaces, with contemporary details such as satellite dishes and cactus houseplants. Don’t forget to check Concrete Para Clocks by LeeLABS.

Continue Time Kinetic Clock by Sander Mulder

Dutch designer Sander Mulder has created the “Continue Time” clock. “On the Continue Time clock, two out of the three pointers rotate around another pointer, instead of the central point on the clock face, as with traditional clocks. The resulting kinetic artwork is continuously changing its shape during a full rotation of twelve hours. While creating mesmerizing patterns on your wall. The pointers are still read as with any traditional clock.” Just check a video and you will be amazed! Also if you would like to see more interesting wall clocks – check Elegant and Stylish Dynamic Wall Clocks.

PlayTime – Bluetooth Speaker Designed With an Alarm Clock Motif

Seoul based designer Chanju Park has created a minimalist clock named PlayTime. In general this is a clock which at the same time is a speaker but vice versa – a hybrid analog clock/Bluetooth audio player. With its oversized alarm-clock aesthetic and polished finishes, it’s almost unrecognizable as a speaker and that’s precisely its appeal. Even its needle is a disguised digital music playback bar, indicating the duration of the music. Just like you can see the progress bar in your music app, you can also see it on the clock face!

MB&F & L’Epee 1839’s Octopod Robot Clock

The brilliant watchmakers from MB&F and L’Epée 1839 have created a new timekeeping marvel, called Octopod – a ravishing clock inspired by cephalopods. Blending a contemporary design with a stunning kinetic sculpture, this spectacular clock comes with a transparent bubble filled with precision horology. Each leg can be individually adjusted to varying heights, enabling Octopod to rest securely anywhere you might place it and sit in the most menacing of stands. Octopod’s transparent sphere is definitely a head-turner, with an impressive clockwork that appears suspended inside its crystalline sphere, looking like it’s floating in space. The baseplate of the movement is a transparent glass plate that has been treated with a film of anti-reflective coating on both sides, adding to the invisible attributes of this piece. While MB&F came up with the ravishing concept and design of the Octopod, it was L’Epée 1839, Switzerland’s premier clockmaker, that developed its impressive movement, as well as the unusual transparent spherical case and articulated legs. The original sketch that MB&F gave to L’Epée 1839 showed the movement ‘floating’ inside the transparent bubble, but the people at L’Epée 1839 went above and beyond, making sure this unique mechanism will charm each and every single one of us. Weighing in at 4.2 kg and featuring a stainless steel frame and Nickel and Palladium plated brass elements, this timekeeping marvel packs a Swiss manual-wind L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured caliber with 19 jewels, 18,000 vph and a power reserve of 8 days. There’s no price tag out yet.

Time Of The Day – Minimalistic Transparent Clock

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you are constantly aware of the time in large part due to the position of the sun and the brightness outside. This minimalistic clock designed by Yicong Lu takes inspiration from this concept and reinforces hour and minute hand time-telling with a shade changing face. As it grows darker outside, so does the saturation of the clock face. Simultaneously, the hands transition to the opposite, becoming lighter so they maintain visibility. Its clean, monochromatic aesthetic is soothing and easy on the eyes while the arms cast a shadow on the clock face complimenting the ambient light.

Fantastic Example of Mechanical Art – Nixie Machine II

This year German designer Frank Buchwald has designed a second Nixie Machine, that’s even larger than the original, and features a stunning base of steel and brass only to make things even more outrageous than before. Using new tubes, created from scratch by Czech engineer Dalibor Farny, this incredible table clock is even more appealing and it’s apparently more durable as well. The Nixie Machine II features a Wi-Fi enabled controller that keeps the clock connected to the internet, allowing it to display the correct time every second of the day. Your phone or computer will control everything, including scroll effects, day/night modes, dimming, and time zones. Part of a limited series, the Nixie Machine II will only make 12 people happy, with each piece set to cost 29,700 CHF ($30,000).

Modern Wall Clock Covered In Icelandic Moss

German designer Tobias Mittmann, of design studio HerrMittmann, has created a modern wall clock covered in Icelandic moss, that makes it easy to display both the time and your love for nature. Lush, soft, and with a range of natural greens in it, this moss wall clock brings a touch of nature to your interior and creates a functional piece of decor. Alongside with a wall clock you will be able to find creative pendant lamp also covered in Icelandic moss.

Ring Clock – Sleek And Stylish Watch For Your Finger

The Ring Clock may just be the smallest watch you’ve ever seen. It’s so small it fits comfortably around your finger in the guise of a ring. Several markings around the periphery of the ring represent markings on the clock and they light up in order to tell the time. It’s milled precisely out of surgical steel, giving it an incredible brushed finish, while also allowing it to be gentle on the skin. It’s even water resistant to 30 meters, so you don’t need to worry about taking it off every time you go for a shower, or a swim. Wear it with confidence and assurance, like any other piece of jewelry! Unlike watches that come with adjustable straps, the Ring Clock is made to fit. Choose from 18 different sizes for a perfectly fitting finger-timepiece! The Ring Clock comes with a wireless charging station that also allows you to set the time. Just slide the ring in and controls on the docking station allow you to configure the time. Each charge powers the Ring Clock for a full week.

ETCH Clock Shows The Time in Magic Way

ETCH is proposing a new method of displaying time that exploits a physical 3D effect. In the digital world, we’re used to seeing 7 segment digit displays, graphical engraved or embossed fonts and regular displays and clocks everywhere. We wanted to blendall these common experiencesin an unconventional way while creating a “wow effect” and surprise at the turn of every single minute. ETCH is a disruptive way to look at time – it transforms an elastic membrane into digital numbers while engraving an elastic surface with a smooth and relaxing actuation. After the time display, ETCH will return “magically” to its initial position. ETCH aims to add a bit of magic to your important personal moments–the clock gives a physical presence to time with the 3D numbers engraved in its membrane that change every minute. Some moments only happen once and then are gone forever… ETCH tries to mimic this reality with the vanishing effect of its display.

‘Archi di Tempo’ Electric Clock

At first glance, the ‘Archi di Tempo’ might not look like an electric clock, but the ultra-modern device is indeed intended to provide users with an enhanced experience. Easily mounted on the wall thanks to the faceless design, the ‘Archi di Tempo’ tells time with two separate arms. One arm dictates the hours, whereas the other shows the minutes. The embedded lights shine different colors and shift to convey the time in a more modern yet complex way. The ‘Archi di Tempo’ electric clock is the design work of Bruno Tarabella and offers a somewhat cryptic view of time. Rather than simply display the current time, the ‘Archi di Tempo’ requires a bit of deciphering, which could be correlated to the very essence of time and how it must also be deciphered to be understood.

Only Clock – Digital Clock With A Hollow Round Face

Czech design studio Kibardindesign first caught our attention a couple of years ago with their popular White & White Clock. Now designer Vadim Kibardin is back to purity and simplicity, with the sleek Only Clock, a digital wall/desk LED clock with a hollow round face, a modern 3D interpretation of a traditional analog wall clock. The frame displays hour digits and minute points crafted in a choice of white or black body. An eye-catching and functional piece of art that can be placed on a desk or on a wall, and will surely turn some heads.

Eye-Catching Transformer Clock

Transformer Clock by KIBARDINDESIGN STUDIO stands out as an eye-catching object in any room thanks to its geometric form and colorful style. The design features a black/white or colored body with a frame-spring construction of eleven sheets that can fold or unfold to display or minimize the clock face. It’s this clever design that also makes it possible to compact into a small package that can be shipped efficiently. Transformer enables the user to demonstrate both their creativity and personal style by creating the shape and color range of the dial to their liking. Use it to highlight a particular time of day, or none at all!

Simple and Creative Moss Clock

Dutch design studio noktuku, have designed the Moss Clock. “The noktuku moss clock contains the tops of real reindeer moss from Norway which have been meticulously selected by hand and preserved. The frame is hand-made of Baltic birch plywood using steam bending technique, and has a single connection joint in the circular layers.”

Rhei – Table Clock with a Liquid Display

Rhei is a dynamic installation by Damjan Stanković, an animated sculpture, an idea expressed in the form of a minimalistic, digital clock. “Never before has a liquid substance been unveiled in its pure, unrefined form and controlled in a manner which allows it to display tangible shapes. There is a middle ground between the analog and the digital sphere, where the rules of mechanics and the laws of nature come together in order to create a liquid illusion reminiscent of a contemporary, digital form. Time as a concept is highly subjective, but there are two things we can claim about it with certainty: time is unrelenting transience and continuous movement. It is precisely this endless rhythmic flow that Rhei captures, and just as every moment differs from the other, the movement of its digits is differently animated each time, never permitting it to exibit the same shape twice.”

Impressive MB&F Arachnophobia Table Clock

Inspired by a giant spider sculpture called Maman created by Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010) that MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser had seen in both Geneva and Doha, Arachnophobia is the result of the collaboration of MB&F with L’Epée 1839 – Switzerland’s only specialised high-end clock manufacture – who engineered and crafted the unconventional timepiece. Büsser developed the concept with L’Epée, selecting a high-end L’Epée clock movement and re-imagining it as the mechanical head and torso of a spider. The body is outfitted with a black dome with white numerals depicting the hours and minutes. The head of the spider houses the regulator with its oscillating balance wheel beating at 18,000 vibrations per hour while the other end contains the mainspring barrel, which powers the movement. To achieve the right look, L’Epée had to transform its eight-day movement redesigning the palladium-plated main plates as well as the layout of the gear train. The escapement was rotated 90° to better represent the head. Attached to the abdomen by ball-and-socket joints are eight, visually enticing legs articulated where they join the body by ball-and-socket joints. The legs can be rotated so that Arachnophobia can stand tall on a desk or splayed flat for wall mounting. Finishing techniques used on the clock’s body and legs include anglage, mirror polishing, satin finishing, circular satin finishing, sand-blasting, and polishing. Arachnophobia is available in black or 18k yellow gold-plated editions with prices of Swiss Francs 15,300 and Swiss Francs 17,500 accordingly.

Modern Cuckoo Clock ‘Color-House’

Designer-maker Pedro Mealha has created Color-House, a modern cuckoo clock inspired by the original Black Forest cuckoo clocks. An added bonus to this design is that it’s equipped with a light sensor, so at night when there is no light, the little bird doesn’t come out and chirp. “Color-House is a modern cuckoo clock inspired by the original Black Forest cuckoo clocks. It has a black frame complemented by 7 different colors on its face: turquoise, grey, blue, white, yellow, pink and orange.The large pendulum which is as wide as the clock itself swings elegantly through the two side windows which have a natural birch finish.”

Melchior – Robot Clock by MB&F

This robotic clock is far from the one you had as a kid with a digital display planted in Optimus Prime’s plastic stomach. Melchior, from MB&F and L’Epée 1839, is a 480-component mechanical table clock that just happens to look like something out of a sci-fi film. Complete with a 40-day power reserve that’s measured on the abdomen dial, a polished glass dome/skull, and eyes with retrograde action that mark off intervals of 20 seconds, it’s as much a high-end table clock as it is a work of futuristic art. Melchior’s Gatling gun arm detaches and doubles as winding key for the movement. Available in two different editions – ‘Light’ and ‘Dark and Light’ – the incredible clock is limited to just 99 pieces. Price tag is $36000. If you’re interested you can buy it here.

DO NOT DISTURB Clock Collection

Designer Ernest Perera has created two versions of his DO NOT DISTURB clock for manufacturer Amor de Madre. “You’ll look at it without wanting to know the time. DO NOT DISTURB is a clocks collection that intended to be a non-intrusive object for your home. Ernest Perera works in this project as a really designer-maker. He uses his own cnc milling machine and finished with his hands. Carving geometric shapes for been looking at without hurry. He used beechwood with natural raw color. The hand work experience with each clock, becomes the piece an exclusive unique. Two versions. Two rooms. DO NOT DISTURB / 2046 (from Wong Kar-wai movie) is a dialog between light and shadow. Six surfaces and a hexagon perimeter to define the twelve hours. DO NOT DISTURB / 1742 (where John and Yoko spent their honeymoon and recorded Give Peace a Chance song) is another relation between light and dark. A soft transition of these opposites over the wood. Made from Beechwood and brass clock parts.”

DINN by Alessandro Zambelli

Alessandro Zambelli has designed a wall clock named DINN for Diamantini&Domeniconi. “Musician-designer Alessandro Zambelli has applied the brilliant originality of La Campanella to a furniture accessory created for Diamantini&Domeniconi. A preview of DINN, the clock with the Campanella bell, can be seen at Maison et Objet (Hall 8, Stand A33-B34), the exhibition rendez-vous in Paris from 5 to 9 September. The stark, round face takes bare essentials almost to an extreme. The material is MDF and comes in white and light oak. Within the circle is one bright, attention-grabbing spark of originality. A small, unexpected bell contrasts brassily with the painted face of the timepiece. This precious detail stands out as the clock’s ‘dinging’ heart. The visual impression made by the hands, in anthracite-coloured aluminium, is equally powerful. Clearly they are key features of its idiosyncratic, passing strike mechanism. In fact the minute hand terminates in a tiny hammer which nudges the clapper of the bell hourly, ‘on the dot.’ The clapper swings. It rings the bell. DINN.”