Author Clock’s Whimsical Design Interweaves Time + Literature

Part clock and part literary archive, this fiction-infused product rethinks how time is told

Checking the time throughout the day isn’t often fun or memorable, yet the Author Clock—launching today on Kickstarter—is designed to change that. Using literary quotes that mention a specific time, this charming clock conveys each minute within the day. These quotes, sourced from over a thousand books across six centuries, deliver the hour while conjuring famed fictional worlds—from Virginia Woolf to William Shakespeare—turning temporality into …

“Deep Time” Scientific Study Had Participants Live in a Sunless Cave for 40 Days

15 volunteers have emerged from a sunless cave in Southwest France, where they resided for 40 days without clocks or outside contact as part of a study on time. The experiment, referred to as “Deep Time” and conducted by the Human Adaptation Institute, removed natural cues and chronological bearings to see how the participants reorient themselves and relationship to sleep. Volunteer vitals were monitored “by a …

18 Time-Telling Highlights from Watches & Wonders 2021

Solar power from Cartier, cotton candy divers from Oris, collaborations with Marvel, Tadao Ando and Felipe Pantone, and a UFO table clock

Rarely (if ever before) does one of our highlight stories rise to a whopping 18 selections. Quality over quantity underpins our editorial drive. And yet, after one week of appointments, online for hours on end, gazing at the novelties from some 35 brands in the Watches & Wonders 2021 trade show (a digital iteration of what was once the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie), many …