The Eclipse Clock Tells Time With Its Shape

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Oct 23, 2014
References: ecal.ch & dezeen
University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) graduate Rachel Suming has designed the Eclipse clock, a timepiece made with aluminum plates that rotate in an overlapping pattern to tell the time.

Each engraved plate moves independently of the others. The different shapes (the outer shape moves from a circle to a hexagon) indicate the approximate hour of the day. The engraved lines on the plates will encounter each other every three hours, forming a three, six, nine or 12 in the process.

Suming's design is intended to lower the stress of our daily lives, which are marked by time and deadlines. She explains, "I was inspired by a specific watch called Philosophia, which was designed to only show the hours. This idea of showing and hiding different notions of time was the starting point for Eclipse."