Seventeen minutes of asymmetry

I bought myself a new clock. I do not need a new clock but I bought it anyway because it really struck my fancy. The design strongly appeals to my love of asymmetry.

IMG_5139.CR2: 30D, EF 50mm 1:1.4 @ 1/60, f/2.8, 100 ISO, bounced flash

IMG_5139.CR2: 30D, EF 50mm 1:1.4 @ 1/60, f/2.8, 100 ISO, bounced flash

The attached mounts suspended the clock almost three centimetres away from the wall, so the cut-outs of the numbers and dots show strong shadows. As you can see, the face of this clock comprises only about a quarter of the typical clock face. The hands swing far outside the face as they count the minutes and hours.

I’ve never had a clock with such long hands. The minute hand is 26 cm long. I have no idea if this is common with such large clocks, but the minute hand moves visibly once a second. This eliminates the need for a dedicated second hand. It’s odd because as you see it move every second, you’d think that the result is too much movement to keep accurate track of each passing minute. Still, the minutes elapse as they should.

My only complaint is the logo of the manufacturer. It’s horizontally centred at the bottom of the clock, introducing a symmetrical element to an otherwise asymmetrical design. I’d prefer the logo not appear at all, but if they insist, it would be much better placed in the empty area on the upper-right.

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One Comment

  1. Rachel
    Posted July 4, 2008 at 09:48 | Permalink

    That is made of awesome.

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