But these days, with the huge variety of clocks available, clocks are so much more that just a tool to tell time. They add flair and character to your home décor and can even be a conversation piece.
We’ve had a look around and offer you these seven weird and wonderful clocks that are sure to turn heads! Number 4 is definitely our favorite.
But first, a little history about clocks.
Clocks have been around for centuries, and their history is full of interesting stories. For example, did you know that the first mechanical clock was invented in China? Or that clocks were once used to track the movements of the stars and planets?
Clocks have come a long way since then, and today they are an essential part of our lives. But how did they get to where they are today? Let's take a little look-see…
The first mechanical clock was invented in China around 725 AD, and it was a water-powered device. This early clock was very inaccurate, but it was a start.
The first hydro mechanical clock was not fully mechanical since it relied on water to function.
Around the year 1000, a man named Gerbert of Aurillac invented the first mechanical clock. This type of clock was much more accurate than the earlier water-powered clocks, and it soon became popular in Europe.
Gerbert of Aurillac, inventor of the first mechanical clock.
By the time the 17th century came around, clocks were being used for more than just telling time. They were also being used to track the movements of the stars and planets.
In 1656, Christiaan Huygens invented the first clock that could be used to keep time on a ship at sea.
Born in 1629, Huygens was a gifted mathematician and scientist. He is best known for his work on optics and mechanics, but he also made significant contributions to the world of clocks.
In 1656, Huygens designed the first pendulum clock. His design was based on the oscillating motion of a pendulum, which he believed would be more accurate than the existing spring-driven clocks. Huygens' clock was a success, and it quickly became the standard timekeeping device in Europe.
Huygens continued to improve upon his design, and in 1675 he invented the first balance wheel clock. This type of clock is still used today, and it is considered to be one of the most accurate timekeepers available.
Clocks continued to be improved throughout the centuries, and by the 18th century, they were becoming increasingly accurate. In 1759, the first public clock was installed in London, and it was so accurate that it gained a reputation for being "wrong by only one second per day."
What is the study of clocks called?
The study of clocks is called horology.
It's a fascinating field that covers the history, science, and technology of timekeeping.
From ancient sundials to modern atomic clocks, horologists have long been fascinated by the ways we keep track of time.
The word horology comes from the Greek words horos (hour) and logos (study).
Horologists love everything clock-related.
Horology is a branch of physics that deals with the measurement of time. Time can be measured in many ways, such as by the movement of the sun, the moon, and the stars; by the flow of water; by the burning of a candle; or by a mechanical device such as a clock or watch.
One of the first timekeeping devices was a sundials, which uses the shadow of a gnomon (a pointer) to indicate the time of day. Sundials were replaced by water clocks, which used the flow of water to measure time.
Sundials were once used to tell the time and are still used to this day.
Today, horology is a highly respected and precise science.
Horologists use their skills to create beautiful timepieces that are both functional and aesthetic. Many horologists also use their skills to restore antique clocks and watches.
How much does a horologist earn?
Money, money, money
How much does a horologist make? This is a difficult question to answer, as salaries can vary greatly depending on experience, location, and other factors. However, we can take a look at some data to get an idea of what horologists in the United States make on average.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for horologists was $35,760 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $61,660.
The BLS also reports that the median hourly wage for horologists was $17.15 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.92, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $29.71.
While these figures provide some insight into the earning potential of horologists, it's important to keep in mind that salaries can vary greatly depending on factors such as experience, location, and type of employer. For example, horologists who work in jewelry stores or other retail establishments may earn less than those who work in manufacturing or repair shops. And, horologists who live in rural areas may earn less than those who live in urban areas.
What is the world’s most expensive clock?
There are some clocks that are so expensive, they’re more like art than functional timepieces. These are the kinds of clocks that are bought by the wealthy for their luxury homes, and they often come with a hefty price tag. Here’s a look at some of the most expensive clocks in the world.
The Duc d'Orléans Breguet Sympathique
The Duc d'Orléans Breguet Sympathique, which is the world’s most expensive clock
In Watchmaking circles, the Duc d’Orléans is a legendary figure. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest horologists of all time, his name is synonymous with excellence in clockmaking. So, when it was announced that his eponymous Breguet Sympathique clock would go up for auction at Sotheby’s back in 1999, watch collectors around the world began to take notice.
This exquisite time piece sold for exactly $6,802,500, almost $7 million. It had an estimate of over 5 million.
This unique timepiece is not only rare and beautiful, but is also now known as one of the most expensive clocks in the world.
This ormolu-mounted red tortoisehell boulle-style, royal sympathique quarter striking clock also featured a half-quarter repeating gold watch which was automatically wound, set and regulated via the clock – AMAZING right!
More pocket watches than clocks, here are 2 runner-up timepieces that sold for a fortune.
The Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication assembled by Patek Philippe.
The impressive Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication by Patek Philippe.
The Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication is one of the most expensive timepieces in the world. This watch was made in 1889 and features 24 different complications, including a stopwatch, a minute repeater, and a perpetual calendar and contains 920 individual parts.
It sold at auction in 2014 for $24 million (previously sold for $11 million back in 1999).
The Breguet & Fils Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette Pocket Watch.
The stunning Breguet & Fils Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette Pocket Watch
The Breguet & Fils Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette Pocket Watch is another of the world’s most expensive timepieces. This watch was made in 1783 and was commissioned by an admirer of Marie Antoinette herself.
It features a number of complications, including a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar, and a bimetallic thermometer.
The watch was believed to have been lost during the French Revolution, but it was rediscovered in London in the early 21st century.
In 1983 the watch was stolen from the L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art Museum but was ultimately recovered 23 years in 2007.
It is estimated to be valued at $30 million.
These are just a few of the most expensive clocks and watches in the world. These timepieces are true works of art, and they come with a price tag to match.
If you’re ever in the market for a luxury clock, be prepared to spend big.
However, if your budget doesn’t stretch into the millions, perhaps one of our 7 weird and wonderful clocks may have a more appealing price tag.
7 Clocks you will go Cuckoo For… Number 4 is insane!
Introducing the Asymmetrical Dream Clock, a beautifully designed timepiece that is sure to become a conversation piece in any home.
This unique clock features a green and blue plexiglass panel with two gold wave trims, creating a stunning visual effect. The digital display is easy to read and accurately tells you the time, date, and temperature.
The asymmetrical dream clock is perfect for anyone who loves unique décor items that make a statement. With its durability and striking design, this clock is sure to be a favorite for years to come.
The flying hearts clock is a uniquely designed timepiece that is sure to add a touch of elegance to any home or office.
The centre dial is surrounded by a heart-shaped frame, with one side intact and the other side made up of small hearts that appear to be blowing in the wind.
This clock is available in three colors: silver, gold, and black. Choose the color that best fits your décor and expresses your personal style.
This beautiful clock makes a wonderful gift for a loved one or for yourself. Whether you are seeking a romantic gesture or a stylish addition to your home, the flying hearts clock is sure to please.
Are you looking for a unique way to bring the outdoors inside your home? Do you want a clock that is not only stylish but also pays homage to your love of nature?
Then this rustic wood slice clock is the perfect choice for you. The clock is made up of a slice of wood and the clock hands are designed to look like branches of a tree, complete with 2 tiny green leaves. The centre dial even has tree rings adding to the authenticity of this wooden clock.
Whether you place it in your living room, den, or home office, this clock is sure to be a conversation starter. So, don't wait any longer, order your very own rustic wood slice clock today!
The best way to wake up in the morning is with your favorite tunes, and this alarm clock lets you do just that.
With its high-quality magnetic speaker, you can enjoy full, rich sound that will fill your room and get you moving. The simple buttons make it easy to control the clock, change the music, and adjust the volume, so you can tailor your wake-up experience to exactly what you need. It even boosts the option to set different alarm times for different days so you can wakeup on time during the week and sleep in on the weekends.
And if you're looking for a bit of decoration for your room, this clock has you covered there, too. With its colorful luminous lights that dance to the beat of the music, it's sure to add some personality to your space.
Whether you're looking for a functional alarm clock or a unique decoration for your home, this luminous LED clock is a great option. This clock is definitely the pick of the bunch and the most popular judging by our customers.
Telling time has never been so much fun with this frying pan kitchen clock.
The clock is designed to look like an ordinary frying pan, complete with a black handle. The hands of clock are a fork and knife adding to the cuteness of this clock. However, we don’t suggest using it to deep fry some shrimp, this clock is strictly for time telling only.
The clever clock is available in three different colors: red, white and black plus there are also 3 sizes available. No matter what color you choose, this clock will be the star of the show in your kitchen, aside from you of course.
In addition to being unique and fun, this clock is also functional, making it the perfect choice for anyone who wants to add a touch of personality to their kitchen.
This Star Wars wall clock is an absolute must for fans of the dark side (and light side).
The clock itself is a black vinyl record, and carved out of one side are silhouettes from the Star Wars world. From an X wing fighter to Luke and Vader to Yoda and more, these are just a few of the scenes displayed on this magnificent wall clock.
Any fan of the franchise will appreciate the attention to detail that went into this product, and the sleek design is sure to complement any room décor.
Whether you're a diehard fan or simply looking for a unique conversation piece, this clock is a must-have.
So, don't delay, order this Star Wars wall clock today!
There's something infinitely romantic about antique European clocks. Maybe it's the sense of history they evoke, or the way they seem to whisper tales of bygone days. Whatever the reason, this clock is sure to add a touch of European elegance to any room.
This clock is brimming full of ornateness, with an elaborate design that looks like it came straight out of a castle.
Made from solid wood and featuring a shimmering metal dial, this clock will give you that classic antique style without the expensive price tag.
So why not bring a little bit of old-world charm into your home? After all, who doesn't love a good fairy tale?
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So, there you have it, we hope you enjoyed this roundup of clever clocks as much as we enjoyed finding these strange and wonderful timepieces for you.
Which clock is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!