A Nixie-Powered Wall Clock Is the Ultimate Hipster Timepiece

Before dot-matrix displays took over the known world, Nixie tubes — glass lightbulbs containing light-up tubes for the digits 0-9 — were the best way of displaying changing numbers. One designer had the bright idea of taking the Nixie tube technology (and bulbs), and building a surprisingly beautiful analog clock. »9/02/15 3:00am9/02/15 3:00am

How the most beautifully complicated watch movements in the world tell time

Tick, tock. Tick, tock. With these watches, telling time is so much more beautiful and intricate and complicated than that. These are some of the most sophisticated watch movements in the world with a ton of complications added to them and just to see all the fancy ways the mechanical engine moves is a delight. It’s a… »8/11/15 9:15pm8/11/15 9:15pm

There's an Incredibly Complex Clock Inside This Miniature Mechanical Man

In the world of watchmaking, MB&F has always had a soft spot for creating the occasional mechanical marvel that can't be strapped to a wrist. Such as the company's latest creation, a robot named Melchior that can't vacuum floors, clean windows, or open doors, but can keep track of the time while serving as an awesome… »3/19/15 7:05pm3/19/15 7:05pm

June 30 Will Be One Second Longer This Year, and That Could Be a Problem

Because Earth's rotation is slowing ever so slightly, we occasionally need to add an extra second to re-sync our super-precise atomic clocks to our planet's rotation. But you know who's not on board with that? Those damn computers, whose operating systems just can't handle it. The last time we added a leap second in… »1/06/15 4:54pm1/06/15 4:54pm

The world's most precise clock can keep time for 5 billion years

If you want to know exactly what time it is, head of over to Boulder, Colorado, where a fountain of cesium atoms ticks off the U.S.'s official time. It should be accurate for the next 300 million years. But don't be impressed—the world's actual most precise clock is a few miles away at a different lab in Boulder,… »11/03/14 6:34pm11/03/14 6:34pm

These Incredible Clocks Were Built By a Single Designer Over 35 Years

In the 1980s, as giant technology companies competed to create electronics that arrived in the most compact, grey boxes possible, a young designer named Daniel Weil was doing the exact opposite: Eviscerating the electronic guts of gadgets, from radios to clocks, exposing them to the consumer the most elegant way… »7/29/14 12:50pm7/29/14 12:50pm