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The City Clock

Put your thinking cap on, because you’re going to need it to decipher the time of The City Clock. Yes, it’s a clock, and not a dollhouse, but you’ll have fun assembling it all the same. So, how do you figure out the time? Think of the windows as vertical rows, and, when certain windows are illuminated, use binary clock technology to know the time. If you know what that means, you can watch the video below and figure it out. If you’re still scratching your head, just watch the video and see if you’re up for making your brain work harder:

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Price: $149.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Time Since Launch Clock

Okay, get ready, because this clock is pretty damn special. It’s a single-use, long-scale launch clock. Huh? Yep, you pull the pin to start counting, up to 2,738 years. Why do you need that? Well, maybe you stopped smoking/drinking, or maybe you got married. Maybe you had an epiphany that could save the world, or perhaps you quit the worst job you’ve ever had. Or, in CW&T’s words, “elevate an otherwise arbitrary moment to super awesome status.”

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Price: $150.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Analogue Click Clock

Keep the time with a contemporary analogue clock. LEDs are the clock hands, with a dot moving around the circle face every second. The clock’s face automatically switches off when it’s quiet and lights up when you click your fingers or clap your hands. It has an alarm function with snooze, so it could be your new bedside clock (especially if you’re trying the no-phone-in-the-bedroom thing).

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Price: $98.98
Available from: SFMOMA

Water Clock

Whether you love or hate this clock, we can all agree it adds a different element to tell the time. Magnets are employed to let the two balls float on the water’s surface, giving a magical sense of movement. The red ball shows the hours, the white one the minutes. Add an extra receptacle on top of the ceramic base for a more vertical display.

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Price: $319.00
Available from: Gessato

Brick Wall/Desk Clock Copper

A flip clock will never lose its charm, probably because of its analog appeal. There’s something nice about hearing a soft click or flutter as a minute passes, and it’s a welcome alternative to all of those digital screens surround us. This Brick Flip Clock has a beefier case of copper, welded and brushed by hand, so it’ll add a sleek vibe to your home or office. Hang it on the wall or leave it out on a desk or tabletop.

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Price: $399.00
Available from: Horne

Moak Clock

Who wants a cute yet sturdy concrete clock? Designed by the Netherlands-based Studio PS, the Moak Clock has its base and hands made of concrete. The minute hand has just a touch of bright orange on its tip to set it apart from the hour. An oak dial finishes off the material mix.

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Price: $110.00
Available from: Gessato

11+ World Clock

This might seem like just a simple grey clock, but it has a clever rolling mechanism that allows it to display 24 different time zones. The hands work independently from the body, so you can roll the clock to whatever time zone you wish, and then roll it back to the local time. Only the side shows each time zone, leaving the face free of any extra graphics.

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Price: $49.00
Available from: Leibal

Verbarius Electronic Clock

It’s your birthday! Well, it probably isn’t, but if you were one of the many (all 3 of you) that emailed in after we posted this clock forever ago, wondering where you might be able to purchase it stateside, you can now pretend it is your birthday, because MoMA Store has the Verbarius in stock. Keep your pants on, it only took five years. If you’re not familiar, the Verbarius replaces numbers with words using one of five preloaded languages: English, German, Spanish, French, and Russian. Extra points to you if you decide to freshen up your foreign language skills by switching it up every now and then.

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Price: $250.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Clap on Cube Clock

Yes, it’s a clap-on-clap-off clock. And you thought that particular technology had fallen by the wayside… not so! The LED responds to any sound, so whether you clap or make some other loud noise, the display will be activated. There’s an alarm feature as well, if you need it.

Available in dark and light wood veneer.
Clap your hands to make RED LED time appear.

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Price: $29.99
Available from: UMA

Chronotronix V400 Nixie Clock

If you’re looking for a clock that’s equally vintage, modern, and pure geekery, look no further than the Chronotronix V400 Nixie Clock. Nixie tubes are electronic tubes that contain bent cathodes that glow, kind of like neon. They were used for displaying all kinds of information in electronic equipment but have long been replaced by the modern LCD display, but that didn’t stop the folks at NixieClock from creating this incredible desktop clock. Six nixie tubes are planted in a cherry wood frame and finished wita h black anodized aluminum surface, chosen specifically to reflect the glowing numbers. These are made in very limited quantities, so act quick if you want one.

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No longer available.

Woodstation Clock

Taking some visual cues from the Wood Led Clock, the seemingly blank face of the Woodstation Clock’s interface will illuminate through its veneer with a wave of a hand�thanks to its built-in motion sensor�displaying the day’s forecast, temperature, humidity, time and date. It’s designed as a kid’s toy to stimulate young minds about weather and climate change, but it’s got such a great design that I wouldn’t mind having one myself.

Material: compressed recycled wood, coated for extra strength and durability.
Dimensions: 5″L x 2″W x 9″H

Uses 4 AA batteries or an adaptor (included).

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Price: $175.00
Availability: Buy Woodstation Clock here

Source: Inhabitots

Bamboo Soil Clock

You remember doing a potato clock back in school, don’t you? Or at least you remember the idea? Well, using the same sort of principle, this clock creates electricity using wet soil from your own two potted plants, enabling you to have your own tiny electrical generator.

It uses electricity created by a reaction between zinc and copper electrodes, which are buried in the soil (you supply two potted plants). In this case, the wet soil becomes the electrolyte (the conductor) that enables the passage of voltage between the two electrodes. This battery can deliver 1.5 volts, but the earth must be kept moist, so don’t forget to water the plants! Handmade in the Netherlands.

Note: the zinc electrode will be consumed after several years of use. Not recommended for use with herbs or other plants you intend to eat.

$39.95, Buy it here.

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Price: $39.95
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Water Clock

Hmm. Perhaps this leans more towards the art category than time telling as far as functionality, but either way it’s an interesting idea.

Kouichi Okamoto’s Water Clock tells time with water and magnets. Inside the ceramic base are 2 rotating magnets which attract 2 balls – the red one showing the hours, the white one the minutes.

Will work with any plate, glass, combination thereof or anything that can hold water.

Designer: Kouichi Okamoto
Dimensions: 2″H x 7.85″W x 7.85″D
Materials: Ceramic, Polypropylene, Magnets

$289.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $289.00
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Memoria Clock by pascal tarabay

Out with the old and in with the….er, new, which is a reinterpretation of the old, and that makes it decidedly new. Plus it’ll create a ‘contemporary romantic atmosphere’ and who doesn’t want that?

this table clock is a modern reinterpretation of nineteenth century french fireplace clocks. the unique feature of this clock is how it is supported by its own shadow. memoria is a perfect mix of tradition and innovation in the materials used, production technique, and the contemporary romantic atmosphere it creates. made from laser cut metal. available with a white or black lacquer finish, or stainless steel with a satin gold finish.

11.4 x 11.4 x 13.75

$267.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $267.00
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269 Clock

Utilizing an old school pendulum, this mantle-sized clock keeps the time while remaining nicely minimal in design.

Designer: Yasuki Takamori
Dimensions: 15″H x 9.5″W x 3.25″D

$269.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $269.00
Availability: Buy 269 Clock here