Clock shows world time as a spiraling line graph


This is one of those design-y objects that is conceptually and visually neat but might be hard to justify in daily life. It shows world time via an arm that connects different time zones.

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  1. I get a spidey-sense that this just needs a tweak or two to be very useful in a hotel lobby or command center or or other place where people have the row of 4 or 5 clocks doing a similar job. I just can’t quite figure out what’s needed.

  2. I dunno, I always liked the old fashioned banks of clocks you’d see in older cinema and television, each clock set to a seperate time zone. If display space is a problem, use digital displays, which are easier to read anyway.

    If you absolutely must fit all the information onto one clock face, either use multiple sets of hands (in different colors to make it somewhat readible, despite the extreme clutter), or have reference points around the edge that move with the clock mechanism. You set the clock for local time, and a little wheel around the edge has all the time zones in order, with your local zone moving along with the hour hand. If you want to know the time in Zurich, you shift your gaze around the clock edge until you find the appropriate time zone and then you look at the number under that label, getting the hour. The minutes remain the same.

    Really, this is just another backwards “concept” piece where someone says “Oh, that might LOOK nifty, now let’s try and make it actually have a USE.”


  3. CREATION IS CUBIC, but you are educated singularity stupid by academic bastards. Greenwich 1 day time is evil. Can you explain the 4 days rather than the 1 day taught? If not, you are truely stupid. To ignore the 4 days, is evil.

    Sorry, that was all I could think of. There’s a LOT of racist crap on these days.

    1. Man, timecube is still up? I need to check it out again some day.

      I think if the circles had been colored it would have been many times easier to read this clock. As it is, I can’t figure it out without tracing with my finger…

  4. This is very clever and unique concept.

    Lately, there have been many contemporary clock face adaptations that are virtually unread-able (I have even designed some) but this puts a very understandable visual “spin” each subsequent time zone.

    Though I do wish that the execution was more sophisticated.

  5. Could you substitute some sort of map instead of the words and lines? It’s hard as hell to follow the lines halfway around the clock to figure out what time it is in, say, Islamabad or even Helsinki.

    But I don’t know near enough about cartography and different projections to know if that might work.

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  7. I’m not buying one until they add support for daylight saving time. On second thought, I’m not buying one, but not a bad idea.

    1. between hawaii and new zealand, obviously.

      too bad there are no cities of note in eastern canada or central west mexico

    2. Island = Iceland. Note how it’s an hour earlier than London…

      Also, good call, johnocomedy and anon on the color coding…

      1. No, it’s 11 hours ahead of London. One less hour than New Zealand (Wellington). It will refer to one of the many hundreds (thousands?) of Pacific Islands between Hawaii and New Zealand.

  8. They should have color-coded the rings… then it would be easy to follow around the circles.
    You can PayPal me for the mod care of my email address. ;)

  9. this is the perfect chronometer for my time machine.
    i envision the spiral contracting as i accelerate through the ether.

    i don’t see any way to wind the mainspring though….

  10. If you really need to read the time in Bangkok, rotate the clock about 120 degrees and mount it diagonally. That’s the true genius of this design.

  11. If each concentric circle had a color it would be simple to visually follow the color around the wheel to the dot.

  12. This clock has a label on it for Arizona. But Arizona doesn’t do daylight savings time, so the clock would be wrong for it half the year, unless it was adjustable.

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