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
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
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