We all know that “time flies when you’re having fun.” In other words, even though time is a constant, your mental state can seem to bend the laws of physics to make it flexible.
Tel-Aviv design firm Studio Ve is a bit obsessed with our perception of time. In the past, that’s led to the creation of a clock that unfolds like a sail. And now, that’s yielded a collection of new timepieces they’re calling Perspective Clocks, available for pre-order on Kickstarter now.
“We are especially intrigued with the classic clock movement--a simple, circular, mechanism but with great meaning,” explains co-founder Ben Klinger. “The challenge is to interfere with this simple movement with our own added value.”
So the clocks--of which there are five--still feature minute and hour hands that move clockwise. But each reconsiders the 12-hour analog mainstay in a new way.
For instance, “D Clock” looks totally ordinary head-on, but as you shift your point of view, you’ll realize that each hand is really a triangle, meaning time will look ever-so different depending on where you stand in relation to it. In this sense, D Clock captures our abstract relationship with time.
Meanwhile, K Clock is nothing like its sibling. Its minute and hour hands are not composed of the standard simple lines, but of several lines, configured in a burst pattern. As hours and minutes rotate, it feels like hundreds of lines are clashing at once (even though it’s really just a few dozen). What’s the K Clock meant to signify? You could probably write a doctoral thesis full of interpretations regarding the ephemeral nature of every ever-shifting moment, but it’s incredibly stimulating, with geometries that feel anything but predictable.
The final three clocks, P, V, and Z Clock, are a bit less academically fascinating than their peers, but any choice in this trio makes a stunning alternative to your average wall clock.
The Perspective Clocks are on pre-order now, starting at $45.