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


SensorWake Smell-Based Alarm Clock

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


11+ World Clock

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.

Grab one at Leibal or Luminaire – $50


Blub Uno Nixie Tube Clock

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.

Find it at Kickstarter – $300 [via]


Nixie Machine

Luxurious, sculptural timepieces need not be mechanical. Take Frank Buchwald’s Nixie Machine for M.A.D.Gallery, a gorgeously elaborate clock crafted of 350 brass and steel pieces, and fitted with six original 90mm Nixie tubes — produced in the early 1960s — to tell time. The tubes are rigged up as three pairs for hours, minutes, and seconds, and alternately shows the date, all set automatically thanks to both GPS and DCF77 receivers. Available as part of a limited run of 12 pieces, half burnished, half stainless steel.

Learn more at Mechanical Art Design – roughly $27,500


Twelve24 ClockONE

You’re probably ready to drop half a grand on a watch (if you haven’t already), but what about a clock? To be fair, ClockONE is not your average ticking wall clock. First off, it’s one meter wide, 4-millimeters thin, and runs on a single CR2450 button battery for a full year. The secret behind ClockONE is its ultrathin e-ink display that virtually sips power, hence its runtime. Couple this to a clever magnetic wall mount, stellar visibility from far away, plus a variety of color options, and ClockONE is bound to adorn upscale living spaces in short order.

Read more at Twelve24 – $500 [via]