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Wanted: A Typographic Clock That Tells Time The Way People Do

QLOCKTWO’s exquisite hands- and number-free face makes time easier to digest.

If you feel like a slave to the clock, then maybe you just haven’t found the right clock.

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QLOCKTWO, by Stuttgart-based Biegert + Funk, is a whimsical little timepiece designed to make the unfathomably slow (or unbearably fast) burn of the day easier to digest. Instead of hands ticking inexorably — taunting you! — around a face, the clock tells time by illuminating words on a grid with LEDs. Biegert + Funk’s Marco Biegert explains the concept in press materials: “As teenagers, we came up with the idea: wouldn’t it be great to have a clock that displays the time like people talk to each other… like ?it is half past nine” instead of 9:29:58. It’s like a friend that tells you the time. It slows you down and makes you feel relaxed.?

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It’s also nice-looking. The clock has an acrylic or stainless steel face and comes in several splashy colors and languages (Spanish above, French below). Because it uses LEDs, it consumes less energy than a standard electric clock. It won a Red Dot award this year.

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QLOCKTWO is available through Suite New York for $995 to $1,195. That’s awfully steep for a timepiece. Then again, it’s a lot cheaper than paying your therapist to kvetch about never winning the race against the clock.

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[Images courtesy of Suite New York]

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About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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