The gear clock. What a thing of beauty! There is something about seeing the way everything is put together and they way all of the gears work in unison that we just love. Hopefully after digesting all of the info in this article, you’ll love gear clocks as much as we do.
Gear Clock Styles
While all gear clocks are similar in that they have their inner workings exposed, you may be surprised to find that there is a range of styles even within the little gear clock family. The main difference you’ll find is between the modern gear clock and the antique gear clock. Both styles are quite striking, but you’ll typically see some pretty obvious differences in the colors and materials used.
Modern Gear Clocks
Modern gear clocks are striking, industrial-looking and fit in extremely well with most modern or contemporary styles. They come in a variety of sizes and you can find them for your wall or for a desk or table. If you’re not quite sure how to know if a gear clock is modern or not, here are a couple of things that will help you separate the new from the old:
- Metal Materials – The vast majority of modern gear clocks are made out of silver, nickel or aluminum, which lends itself nicely to the modern industrial feel.
- Monochromatic Colors – Thanks to the materials used in the making of modern gear clocks, it’s very rare that you would find a clock in this style that was not of one or two colors. The color range for these clocks is typically in the light silver to medium silver to darkish silver. In other words, if you don’t like silver, metal looking clocks, a modern gear clock is not going to be for you.
- No Numbers – While it’s not a hard and fast rule, there are very few modern gear clocks that have the numbers. I guess the designers assume that if you’re cool enough to own a gear clock, you’ll be smart enough to figure out the time just from the hands
- No Frames – Like the numbers, this is not a set rule for modern gear clock design, but it is a commonality with many of the clocks in this style. What we mean by no frame is that there literally isn’t anything separating the inner gear style of the clock from the outside.