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May 1st, 2009 at 11:11 am

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

The executive desk, with moving gears – made by Dale Mathis

“Time does not exist. Clocks exist.” – wall graffiti 

Today we look at various clocks and means to tell the time, a fleeting continuum that is otherwise invisible and even irrelevant, especially when considered as a disappearing line between absolute concepts of “past” and “future”. (Pics)

Somebody said that a “miracle” is nothing but a time compressed – a fast forward, or even skip button around the normal flow of things. Even without considering miracles, we seem obsessed with measuring time (perhaps to reassure ourselves in the world’s normality?) – as it swirls around us in glittering fractal spirals, constantly teetering on the brink of eternity, yet never quite falling into it.

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

 

“Time Considered as a Helix of Semiprecious Stones” (S. Delany)

They are thousands of clocks online, sites that compete in their Flash-infused glory to show you the current hours and minutes; this site, however, has rather more sublime design and animation -
Very strange Digimech clock, designed by Duncan Shotton, with strips of alien code slowly moving through… time:

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks
Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

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Or this clock, that takes the idea of time as continuum literally – it tells the time in a continuous sentence, something like “It’s about six o’clock” or “it’s almost seven now”. In other words, poetry in motion -

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

 

Read time differently! These geek clocks need some time to figure out…

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

 

Designer Buro Vormkrijgers presents the “Orbit Clock” -  and Ross McBride came up with a minimalist “Extra-Normal” clock -

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

 

Behold the thing of beauty… Lisa Boyer’s wooden gear clock plans, inspired perhaps by Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings, would transform any room into a baroque “workshop”. They are “swoopy”, kinetic, some even include calendar, and some are sophisticated enough to be called “Masochist’s Corner” -

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

 

For the ultimate wall clock piece you’ll have to pay more than a million dollars, but it’s creepy and perhaps even evil deep down inside. The Corpus Clock looks like one of H.R. Giger’s haunting designs, uses grasshopper escapement, guarded by the sinister Chronophage insect on top… “Basically I view time as not on your side. He’ll eat up every minute of your life, and as soon as one has gone he’s salivating for the next.” (clock’s creator John C. Taylor) -

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

 

Alarm clocks that can not be denied

More creative ways to yank you from blissful slumber into a jarring noise and bustle of the world:

Alarm-clock Ring for the couple: let’s say you need to wake up at a different time from your spouse – you let the ring charge and put it on when going to sleep. The rings will start vibrating at a certain time, waking you up.

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

 

Clocks made from computer hard drives

SRK Consulting makes them in various styles, all having good old retro-computing look (were hard drives so huge and bulky just few years ago?)

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

 

Via Dark Roasted Blend

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