|Qlocktwo spells out time for you|
Thursday, 24 November 2011 10:56
Those who have trouble reading analogue clocks need not get ticked off and confused by the long and short hands one more time.
As long as you have some semblance of basic literacy, you’ll be able to tell the time by simply glancing at the Qlocktwo wall clock. This sleekly modern, square-shaped time-keeper makes its rounder contemporaries seem positively passé. But its most unique aspect is that it quite literally spells out the time alphabetically, without any numerals in sight.
The Qlocktwo’s face consists of symmetrically arranged typographic letters. Every five minutes – like clockwork – the appropriate letters are illuminated to tell you the time in the form of a written statement: “It is half past ten”, or: “It is four o’ clock”, and so on. If you want to know the exact, to-the-minute time between those five minute increments, and you’re not averse to analogue clocks, illuminated dots light up like regular old clock hands, counting down the exact time.
Devised by German design studio Biegert & Funk, the Qlocktwo is also able to “speak” other languages including German, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish.
The clock measures 17.72 x 17.72 inches and weighs about 4 kilograms. The front surface is made of polished acrylic glass and the lacquered wooden body is supported by eight magnets so that the front can be replaced without visible attachments. Its built-in brightness sensor automatically adjusts the strength of the illumination of the letters, so that it can be optimally visible at any time of day or night.
The Qlocktwo is available in an array of colours with mouth-watering names such as vanilla sugar, light caramel, lime juice and cherry cake. In the time since its inception, the Qlocktwo has already managed to clinch a Red Dot Award in 2010.
You may have to clock up long hours at work in order to afford this wall clock, though. It is available from Ligne Roset in Johannesburg for R9 800. For more information, and also to see the Qlocktwo Touch table-top alarm clock, visit the official Qlocktwo website.
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