The FreakishClock, by designer Sabrina Fossi, makes time-telling a cinch.

Fossi’s clever clock ditches the traditional hour hand.

Instead, a triangular window on the clock’s face rotates around the digits.

“I was searching for a new way of appreciating time and to tell the story of time,” Fossi says.

Her timing (no pun intended) is spot on: a side effect of the digitization of everything is our creeping inability to quickly read analog clocks.

Fossi is aware that her clock is more than utility; it’s a piece of décor. Besides the array of colors available, she’ll also customize the face for interested clients.

The FreakishClock costs $98, and can be bought at Fossi’s website, here.

Sometimes Telling The Time Is Hard. This Clock Lends A Hand

Make no mistake with this foolproof analog clock.

Blame digital technology, but plenty of us still can’t always tell the time. It’s commonplace now to substitute a phone for a watch (or perhaps you wear a smart watch—the child of the two), which makes a classic analog clock difficult to read with ease. Cue the FreakishClock, a handed time-teller that cleverly masks the entire face of the clock, save for one sliver that reveals the hour.

“I was searching for a new way of appreciating time and to tell the story of time,” says industrial designer Sabrina Fossi. So, “instead of having a standard hours hand, the entire face of the watch is a spinning disk with a hole in the shape of the hours hand.”

The clock is easily more functional than any other analog version (and especially more utilitarian than some artful interpretations we’ve seen lately, like the season-tracking clock The Present), but it’s a striking piece of minimal decoration to boot. Mindful of that, the Italy-based Fossi not only colored the FreakishClock in black, green, yellow, lilac, and two graphic prints, she’ll also customize the face for interested clients.

The FreakishClock costs $98 and can be had at Fossi’s website, here.

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  • Ikthog

    Same idea as the Extra Normal clocks and watches: http://normaldesign.net/en/

    I've seen several similar ideas, but the problem with a lot of them is that they only really look right around the hour. At 11:30 that image above would show part of a 1 on one side of the opening and part of another 1 (from the 12) on the other side, assuming the disc turns the same way as a normal hour hand rotates, which almost defeats the purpose.

  • Opinions

    The hour is easy to read on an analog clock, it is the minute hand that takes more time to decipher. I think instead of showing the hour, you show the minute in the little window.