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Like its larger sister, the QlockTwo is an innovative, artful reimagining of keeping tabs on the seconds, minutes and hours that make up life. But this compact, tabletop timekeeper boasts an alarm feature, plus nightlight and lights-out functions.
Qlock’s clever display “combines the moment with the written word and turns it into a statement,” notes designers Marco Biegert and Andreas Funk of German brand Biegert & Funk of their critically acclaimed and highly awarded product.
Precise time is conveyed typographically, in a matrix of words and pinpoints sharply illuminated by LEDs. Hours and 5-minute increments are spelled out, and a pinpoint in each corner of the square adds each additional minute. Even seconds can be displayed as an option, shown as large numbers brandished on the matrix panel.
A special screen process provides the crisply defined, lit figures on the interchangeable front panel, fixed by magnets and cut from highly polished synthetic glass or brushed stainless steel. The face can be easily changed to another finish or color—there are 7 color options in all! So be they changes of the mood or decorating kind, panels can be swiftly altered out. (Additional panels sold separately.)
An exacting procedure is involved in seamlessly milling the monolithic body from a single aluminum block.
Automatic features include time using radio signals, and adjusting to ambient light. Luminosity can be adjusted manually, too, via a light sensor under the front panel.
Or darken the unit completely with the “night touch” function. To read clock, simply tap surface and time appears for 2 seconds.
Five buttons on backside easily control unit. Among them is the “night light,” which is activated with separate on and off buttons. There’s another to control the alarm, which can be gentle or, as Marco and Andreas say, sound with “some persuasion.” There’s always the “snooze” by touching the top of the frame.
BIEGERT & FUNK
Deservedly racking up more than 20 international awards in just the last few years, the German product design studio of Biegert & Funk continues to bowl over the design world with versions of their signature achievement, the Qlock. Designers Marco Biegert and Andreas Funk have, in essence, reinvented the notion of telling time with an innovative grid display of the hours, minutes and seconds of daily life. And all in 110 letters!
With variations ranging from wall clocks to wristwatches to an iPhone App, the Qlock “combines the moment with the written word and turns it into a statement,” say Marco and Andreas. Among the dozens of distinguished prizes the firm has ratcheted up are the Red Dot, iF Product Design, Good Design and the prestigious Gold Award of the ADC Europe.