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Out of this world

Viewfinder: MB&F L’Epée 1839 Starfleet/Machine

One of the most innovative figures in the world of watchmaking is Maximilian Büsser, a former executive at Jaeger-LeCoutre. His collaboration with Swiss watchmakers L’Epee, the Starfleet/Machine, is a space-age monument to horology.

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This is not your grandfather's clock

Miki Eleta Hippocampus

Miki Eleta debuted his latest masterpiece, the Hippocampus, at MB&F‘s M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland. To call the Hippocampus a mere clock, however, is to miss the forest for the trees. Yes, it tells time — quite accurately, thanks to Miki’s eponymous escapement — but its raison d’être is to inspire the soul through both sight and sound.

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Time Bomb.

Crouse-Hinds Explosion-Proof Wall Clock

Your home or office may not be a hazardous environment, but that shouldn’t stop you from hanging a vintage explosion-proof clock ($1,200) from the Crouse-Hinds Company on your wall. Designed with heavily insulated components to make it safe for use in volatile environments such as mines, paint factories, and grain processing plants, this 40-pound clock…

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Right on time

Braun Digital Alarm Clocks

Braun has been associated with immaculate design for decades, with guru Dieter Rams conjuring up some of their most iconic objects in the 1960’s, based around minimalist lines, uncluttered surfaces and rock solid materials. This legacy still carries on today in the company’s new line of digital alarm clocks. Several different models in varying sizes…

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Bombs Awake

Thunderclap Alarm Clock

It may look like something snagged for three cents out of the bottom of a bargain bin, but bedroom style is a necessary bedside sacrifice for a particular type of sleeper. You know — the kind who could doze through a taser to the jugular. The Thunderclap Alarm’s 113-decibel ringer provides the same get-the-hell-up-and-go drive…

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Time Tube

Cold War Creations Glass Nixie Tube Clock

Nixie Tub Clock ($245) from Etsy maker Cold War Creations is a stunning display for checking the time and temp. It’s elegant cylindrical glass case mirrors the shape of its internal Soviet IN-14 Nixie display tubes, while downplaying the presence of the modern circuit boards which make them work, and ironically boast more computing power…

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It's Like Some Kind of Hot Tube Time Machine

Chronotronix V400 Nixie Tube Clock

Dropping $415 on a clock may not be the most prudent use of your hard-earned cash, but then again the Chronotronix V400 Nixie Tube Clock isn’t on the same playing field as the bed side device you bash each and every morning. Featuring six Nixie tubes embedded within a cherry wood base that’s topped off…

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Habitat Flap Clock

The Flap clock from the designers of British company Habitat harks back to train station timekeepers with it’s flap date calendar with auto function and swiss-style analog clock. Your office’s stark white walls will never look better and telling time will never be smoother. What this means to you: You’ve finally got an office at…

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Mondaine Swiss Railway Clocks

The classic design by Hans Hilfiker is iconic. The railway clock is a standard throughout Europe and it’s instantly legible without garish design. There are over 3000 of these clocks in stations keeping precision time with their German clock movements. What this means to you: Get yourself a little European time flair and pick up…

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Wall Gear Clock

Clocks are one of those interesting items that’s easy to overlook when it comes to style and presence but it shouldn’t be. Those that come to appreciate a good timepiece realize that there’s an interesting mix of form and function in a clock. The Wall Gear Clock is just that… The folks at Contemporary Heaven…