Clock shows time in every time zone

Dezeen Magazine has the drop on this superb clock that shows the time in every time zone, using just one hand.


The clock is called Bent Hands and is designed by Giha Woo and Shingoeun.

Via Neatorama

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except, of course, for South Australia...

Really? How come?

Also I've just noticed "Island" at GMT -11. Where on Earth do they mean? Easter Island perhaps?

I suspect the Australia comment is that several countries and regions (like the middle bits of Australia, including South Australia) are at intermediate times (IIRC, India is 5.5 hours off GMT). I'm really not sure why!

By stripey_cat (not verified) on 27 Jul 2010 #permalink

Notably missing are Iran (UTC+0430), India (UTC+0530), Nepal (UTC+0545), and (as pointed out above) South Australia (UTC+0930). Less notably missing are Norfolk Island at UTC+1130, and Chatham Island at UTC+1245.

UTC-11 covers American Samoa, Samoa, Niue, Midway.

(And obviously DST is a complication not allowed for.)

By Andrew G. (not verified) on 27 Jul 2010 #permalink

@3 @4 Include these halfling time zones and ruin the gorgeous golden-ratio swoop of the hand? NOT IN MY HOUSE!

* Of course, you could preserve the swoop of the hand by altering the width of the interval separating time zones (i.e. the rings on the clock.) In fact, a series of fine concentric circles might look better than thick bands anyway....

They also make a complete hash of North and Central America. Alaska is fine and Santiago is fine, but there is trouble in between:

"Central West Mexico": Um, no. The Baja Peninsula (and even then, I'm not sure it's the whole peninsula) is the only part of Mexico in that time zone. Los Angeles and Vancouver are better choices.

Arizona is technically correct but is one of the few parts of the US that does not observe DST.

"San Jos": I think they mean San José, which is ambiguous. If they mean the one in Costa Rica they are correct, but there is a city of the same name in California which, being at the center of Silicon Valley, is arguably better known. Managua or San Salvador would have been better choices.

"Eastern Canada": Sorry, but Halifax is in the same time zone as Santiago, and Newfoundland is another one of those oddball half-hour time zones, lying between Santiago and São Paulo (I thought Buenos Aires was in the same time zone as Santiago, but I'd have to look it up to be sure). Specify any of Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa/New York/Washington and you would be OK.

By Eric Lund (not verified) on 27 Jul 2010 #permalink

@stripey_cat India is 5.5 hours from GMT because it is large enough that it really should have two time zones. In order to keep just one they went with the longitude that went more or less through the middle of the country. Shifting by half an hour just to keep an arbitrary whole number offset from GMT would lead to (more) unreasonable sunrise/sunset times in parts of the country. Smaller countries have non integer offsets too of course.

By randomguy (not verified) on 27 Jul 2010 #permalink

@8 Pff, it's a concept - valuing style over practical design is hardly a failure.

(As it happens, the series is called Wrong Objects and explores the reinvention of items to challenge fixed ideas about them.)

From a purely design perspective, it's definitely got its flaws. A simple colour or shade change between each "zone" would make the clock infinitely easier to read -- as it is right now you'd basically need to be tracing across with your finger, as shown in the picture. With different colours on the different rings, you'd be able to tell the time at a glance.

And I second (or third, whatever number I come in at) the desire to include those intermidiate time zones. I didn't spend all that time in grade 4 environmental studies class learning about how Newfoundland has its own special time zone (and making the associated Newfie jokes) just to see it blatantly ignored like this.

neat and useless in one tight little bundle

By poopmonster (not verified) on 29 Jul 2010 #permalink

im having a verry dificult time finding what i need i really would like hlp with all of the time zones stuff please and thanl you :)<3

thank you and have a verry nice day :)love always chelsea dawn lee :)<3*_