Marc Newson x Hodinkee Hourglass

Overthought, overdesigned, and extravagant to a fault, you’ll still definitely not want to drop a Marc Newson x Hodinkee Hourglass, especially once you’ve had a peek at the price tag. The hefty, oversized borosilicate glass shape is formed using a complex choreography of torches and turning machines — and all completely by eye, no less — before being filled not with sand but with roughly 1.25 million nanoball spheres made of copper-coated stainless steel, with an added anti-corrosion layer to prevent them turning green over time. Flip it over and the nano balls run through the narrow neck to measure the passing of exactly ten minutes. The run is limited to a total of 100 numbered units that will ship in small numbers one the coming months thanks to the particularly demanding production process.

Find it at Hodinkee – $12,000

GET IT: $12,000


Albert Clock

Telling time has always been a science. From observing the orbital rotation of planets to the first clock designed for maritime travel, pendulum clocks on a pitching and yawing ship being so annoying… and those damn Westminster chimes. The Albert Clock by Axel Schindlbeck designs, the self ascribed purveyor of products, objects, spaces and stuff you don’t need, makes telling time once again that much more sciencey. The Albert is a digital wall clock, but to discern the time you need to calculate the hours and minutes. It was designed to keep one’s brain active and improve the mathematical skills of children (and adults) while still looking svelte. As you get better, up the difficulty: it’s got four levels you can set, though you’ll never need calculus (or any math more advanced than multiplication and division) to solve the equations it puts forth. Best for use after a first cup of coffee and not when calculating how much longer you can stay in bed after your third snooze time has elapsed.

Find it at Albert Clock – roughly $300

GET IT: ~$300


Sandman Clock

Sleep with a plethora of tech gadgets within arms reach? Then the Sandman Clock can probably help clean up the power strip on or next to your bedside table. This simple, clean-looking alarm clock does what it should first and foremost — i.e. display time, auto-dim at night, and ring to wake you up, with a snooze button to delay the inevitable — but is also equipped with four USB ports on the back to plug in a few charge cables and features a cleverly placed indent underneath to keep them from falling off your night table. It’s even got a battery backup so it’ll still ring and wake you even if power cuts through the night.

Find it at Palo Alto Innovation – $45

GET IT: $45


Shinola Runwell Clock

Shinola’s Runwell moniker is having a good run: it’s a watch, a turntable, and now a series of clocks. Realized in collaboration with General Electric, the Shinola Runwell Clock looks not unlike an oversized version of their wrist-candy, with an all-metal polished chrome case and domed glass over the luminescent hands. They’ll sell you a gorgeous handcrafted oak clock stand for setting the piece in sight, though an opening along the back makes wall-hanging possible as well. Comes with matte black, white, or navy dials, or as an all-black variant that trades a bit of readability for a very unique style.

Learn more at Shinola – $395+

GET IT: $395+


Flyte Story Levitating Timepiece

Flyte knows a thing of two about floating objects. This time they’re adding a mesmerizing twist to the clock. The Flyte Story Levitating Timepiece tells time by suspending a chrome sphere above a clean, unmarred wooden base seemingly magically, and does this in either horizontal or vertical (wall-mounted) orientations. Set it as a clock and the sphere represents the hour hand, making its way around every 12 hours. It’ll also function in a self-explanatory timer mode or in Journey mode, which counts down to a highly anticipated specified date such as the day of your next marathon or the start date of a much needed vacation. A concealed LED matrix display (which can be set to on, off, or motion-activated) shines through the surface of the wood if exact time is needed, and an RGB backlight that illuminates the wall behind Story can be set up using Flyte’s smartphone app to represent outdoor temperature via colors, moon phases, display the sunrise and sunset, and more.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $400+

GET IT: $400+


MWC Altimeter Wall Clock

MWC has been manufacturing military watches probably longer than you’ve been alive, and you don’t need to be in the military or in law enforcement to appreciate one. Similarly, the MWC Altimeter Wall Clock doesn’t need to be installed in a mess or military base to set itself apart from uninspired designs. The 9-inch wall clock is quartz powered and features three white hands that include a sweeping seconds hand that doesn’t tick but rather moves smoothly, producing no noise. It’s also adorned with obviously non-functional altimeter markings for kicks that adds to its appeal.

Find it at Cool Material’s Shop – $39


Today Clock

If you dream of losing yourself in a log cabin someplace in the woods to write or otherwise create, Today is the clock you’d hang on your wall. Today doesn’t obsess over exact numbers; instead, this 24-hour clock makes one full rotation every day and points to a relaxing gradient of colors that goes from bright sky blue to a darker midnight hue. As you’d expect, when the hand is pointing straight up it’s noon and, oppositely, straight down is midnight, with dawn, dusk, and everything else in between. Else, the clock features a quiet German movement and comes in three versions, in order of ascending pricing: a 5-inch bamboo desk clock, an 11-inch bamboo wall clock, and an 11-inch steel and glass wall clock (shown).

Learn more at Kickstarter – $88 to $158


Only Clock

Minimal is hardly the word to describe Kibardindesign’s Only Clock: in fact, most of the clock has been stripped away. What’s left is a simple ring made of ABS Plastic, holding its own to Dieter Rams’ design principle that good design is as little design as possible. Around the ring numbers designate the hours while minute markers tell you the time to the exact minute, lighting up thanks to LEDs to make it legible both in daylight and at night. A concealed wall mount lets you hang it up, though it’s just as suited to use as a table or desk clock, and it’s also equipped with an alarm.

Pick one up at Kibardindesign Studio – $130


Oqloq Clock

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


Ruggie Alarm Clock

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


Mojoptix Digital Sundial

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.

Find it at Mojoptix’ Etsy Shop ($77) or download the files to 3D print one yourself ($Free) [via]


Leff Brick Clock

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


Ferrolic Ferrofluid Clock

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