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.

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).

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.

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.

Non là Clocks by Studio Klass

Milan-based Studio Klass have created the Non là ceramic table clocks for Diamantini & Domeniconi. “Non là is a ceramic table clock with conical shape, inspired by the famous straw hat – Nón lá in vietnamese – and usually used by asian people to protect themselves from sun and rain. The form comes also from a functional aspect: when the watch is placed on the table, the base of the cone – on which the quadrant is on – is tilted, thus facilitating the reading time.” Take a look!