Wrestling with time management is a lifelong battle for most. Here to help is Edelkrone’s Oqloq, a 24 hour clock that lets you map out the activities you’d like to dedicate time to — for instance, a workout, side project, or just sleep — by way of colored groovetubes that are to be trimmed and affixed around the clock’s border to gently prompt you to partake in each given activity as the hour marker passes over it. Three colors come included, though you’re also free to leave parts blank to signify free time. Its wall attachment anchor auto levels it via gravity and makes for easy removal should you need to carry it to another room in the house while its minimal white face begs to be customized with, for example, extra lines, dots, or words to show other time zones.
Preorder at Edelkrone – $100
Outsmarting your alarm clock, snoozing repeatedly, or simply disabling it is far too easy, even for our half-asleep selves. But the Ruggie Alarm Clock isn’t as easily outmaneuvered. This white high-density memory foam mat with built in alarm clock features a bright LED display with the time that lights up when stepped on. Set its alarm, though, and it won’t let you snooze or shut it off remotely. In fact it won’t stop ringing until it detects significant weight, i.e. you standing on it, and this for three consecutive seconds. At that point it’s that much harder to go back to bed. You can also set a custom sounds — such as positive affirmations, songs, or a motivational snippet — to play after the alarm is deactivated by loading them on Ruggie via a USB connector.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $80
Impractical? Maybe. But that doesn’t take away from the brilliance of the Mojoptix Digital Sundial. No motors, batteries, or electronics of any kind sit within the device. And rather than relying on a sundial clock below it, a bit of mathematical magic lets through just the right sun rays at just the right angle to display the time in the sundial’s shadow in increments of 20 minutes from 10AM to 4PM. It’s even adjustable to accommodate for Daylight Saving Time and comes in two versions, one designed for the northern hemisphere and the other for the south.
Leff brings a sleek, modern aesthetic to the vintage flip clock time-telling mechanism of old with their Brick Clock. A hand-welded and brushed stainless steel case houses the precision Japanese movement that handles the flipping, and comes in your choice of black, white (with black numbers on a white background), or copper-plated (shown). And just like its namesake it’s fairly hefty at 6.3 lbs with the included two D batteries, either sitting solidly on a desk or mounting to a wall.
Find it at Leff Amsterdam – $400
Digital but with a tangible, physical edge, the Ferrolic Ferrofluid Clock drops liquid crystal for a far more mesmerizing display material: ferrofluid. The clock boasts a basin filled with free-flowing ferrofluid that can be pulled, shaped, and moved thanks to powerful electromagnets behind the display and hidden from view. The governing software is also accessible, letting experienced users can repurpose the clock’s magnets to display custom shapes and transitions completely unrelated to time telling. And while technically still in development you can reserve one of the first 24 pieces for yourself, albeit at a price.
Learn more at Ferrolic – roughly $8,500
You know your morning’s going to be brutal from the moment an abrupt, shrieking noise — your alarm — wakes you up. The SensorWake Smell-Based Alarm Clock, on the other hand, takes a gentler, more considerate approach to getting you out of bed, instead waking you up with one of various scents, including Espresso, Hot Croissant, freshly cut Grass, Chocolate, Peppermint, and the Kickstarter-exclusive Dollar, which smells like cash (motivation enough?). Each recyclable capsule contains enough of its safe, solvent-free scent to reliably wake you up 60 times, and if a blocked nose keeps you snoozing an audible alarm triggers after 3 minutes to get the job done quickly.
Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $90
Your smartphone’s undoubtedly equipped with a world clock, but those in search of a more tactile experience will appreciate the 11+ World Clock. This seemingly normal round clock is inscribed with twenty four major cities around its cylindrical body. To check the time in another part of the world, roll the clock until the desired time zone is facing up; when let go, the clock’s weighted base rolls it right back to its default time zone. The latter can also be easily changed: just pop off the back, rotate the body around until the desired time zone faces up, and lock it in position. Plus, independently working hands enable adjusting just the hour without messing up the minutes if you’d like to jump back or forward a few time zones.
By definition clocks are objects of function, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful to look at when they’re not telling the time. The aluminum and bamboo Blub Uno Nixie Tube Clock is a gorgeous as they come, displaying time on a single Nixie tube with sequential digits — for instance, 11:00AM displaying as 1—1—0—0. It also comes packed with a surprising number of functions, including the date, temperature, an alarm, and even a multicolored backlight underneath the tube, all controlled using the included remote. And if the bulb burns after a few years of use, changing it is as simple as pulling it out and pushing in a new one.