Twemco flipclocks; they are the real deal
A clock can be a boring item, but Twemco has been making design classics since 1956. So nothing retro or vintage about it, it’s the original flipclock with the appropriate charisma. Who doesn’t love the airport or railway station flipping digits, an invention mainly manufactured on large scale by the Italian company Solari Udine, but since 1956 Twemco manufactures their variations for the home and office.
Of course I am prejudiced, so an objective view could be difficult (especially since there aren’t many reviews around). I had my eyes on Twemco for a long time because of the design and finish. I have two at home and I really admire the industrial sober looks, the clean cut lines, which seem to be drawn with only straight lines and circles. The font could have been a little better, but then again real beauty can only be found in the imperfections. Something that’s perfect is quickly boring, because it doesn’t hurt anywhere ;)
So what is also important to judge the quality of these clocks? The plastics used are high grade (although not really heavy) and the acrylic glass is superbly finished. The German quartz clock mechanism works like… uh… clockwork. The true Twemco test is in my two Twemco’s; they are still not out of sync with my iMac and they are running for months now.
Only negative remark could be with the (alarm)clocks. A flipclock next to your bed is not for everyone because on the hour you hear a ‘click’ (as loud as the click of a DSLR camera). I don’t mind by the way, I love the natural authentic charme of a mechanical clock. And only the beautiful AL30 alarm clocks comes with a button for internal lighting, so you can turn on the light if you want to see the time at night.
The Twemco collection come in a variety of models:
- with or without perpetual calendar,
- combined with or without large dial (with sweeping seconds hand),
- in sizes ranging from small to extra large (12 cm up to 70 cm),
- different languages,
- with or without alarm,
- standing or wallmounted,
- some are radio controlled and
- there is a cool variety of retro colors.
So there is always a Twemco for everyone’s taste. Be it in your kitchen, on the job, in the studio or in your loft (surely you live in a loft don’t you?), this really must be one of the coolest functional items around :)
For sale at Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk
Tip! A really cool free Mac OSX screensaver with a flipclock full screen can be found here; it’s called Fliqlo and works perfectly.
Posted on Sunday, August 11th 2013