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Clocks are kind of profound if you think about them. Quietly ticking away, measuring every second of our lives. A steadfast reminder that time marches forward, with or without us. Not to mention, without them we’d all be checking sundial shadows, and waiting endlessly for people to show up. But clocks are more than just functional objects that keep us from getting fired for being late, they’re also interesting decorative accents that can add character to a room. Here’s some truly unique wall clocks that that will keep you on time and up to date, but will also look really cool in your home or office.

Made of cold cast resin, this awesome battery powered table or mantel clock is reminiscent of Salvador Dali`s famous painting, The Persistence Of Memory. The clock looks as though it has melted, yet still tells great time. The clock measures 11 inches tall, 6 1/4 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, with a beautiful metallic bronze finish, an off-white crackle painted face, and black hands and markers. It runs on one AA battery (not included). This clock makes a great gift for the surreal person in your life.

It’s always time for a cup of coffee, at least according to this clock. Colorful coffee pots, cups, and saucers form the frame, while another cup of coffee is the pendulum that hangs below. Made of cast resin, ceramic and iron with a vintage feel, it’s the perfect kitchen clock for people who love coffee.

This incredibly unique table clock is also a challenging DIY kit. It’s not meant to keep accurate time, as it only runs for a few hours without being wound. So if you’re not running late because you’re still busy putting together your clock, you might be because your clock has stop running. But this is more about the exploration of the mechanics of clocks, and it adds a lot of character to your decor.

The Decodyne Math Clock is a traditional wall clock with one important twist--its hours are marked by simple math equations. To tell the time, you solve for the answer! The clock measures 11-1/2 inches in diameter, so you can read it easily, even from across the room. Powered by a single AA battery, the Decodyne Math Clock does not need to be plugged into a wall for operation. The perfect office clock for an engineer, an accountant, a mathematician or anyone else who works with numbers.

If you’re looking for a large wall clock, it doesn’t get much bigger and bolder than this frameless design. The oversized numbers are easily mounted individually on the wall surround the hands. The final diameter is up to you. There are dozens of styles and variations available to match your decor.

Philosophers have long argued over the appropriate verb to attach to the concept of time. Does it pass? Flow? Fly? Disappear? In the landscapes of the world’s most famous surrealist, it melts. Yeah, we’re not sure what to make of that either. But everyone loves this clock.

This beautiful mechanical wooden clock is a DIY kit, which means you should only go with this one if you’re up for a challenge. It does have clear instructions but requires a few simple hand tools to assemble including a small saw, some wood glue and sandpaper. It is mechanically powered, no batteries here, so you’ll also need to wind it periodically. But it’s a fun puzzle and certainly a very unusual clock.

The perfect combination wall clock and night light for people who love astronomy, this clock absorbs light during the day and glows like the moon at night. Battery operated and completely silent, this unique wall clock will not disturb your peaceful slumber as you bath in its moonlight.

If you’re there type that can’t really wake up in the morning without that first cup of coffee, why not get your fix without rolling out of bed? This genius alarm clock will brew you the perfect cup when its timer goes off, and will even keep milk or creamer cool throughout the night so it’s fresh in the morning. If the alarm doesn’t get you up, the aroma of fresh coffee will. The perfect way to start an efficient day of multitasking.

The snooze button is one of mankind’s most devious inventions. The heroin of the sleep world, you know it’s ruining your life, but you still can’t help reaching for it. Because it feels so good. This adorable, playful looking alarm clock is the anti-snooze button. When it’s time to get up, the Clocky will start burbling in a weird robot voice and run away, forcing you to chase it across the room. After that, it’s pointless trying to go back to sleep. If you can resist the urge to smash it to pieces, the Clocky should succeed in getting you out of bed on time, every time.

Bring the mesmerizing motion of the “one that got away” to your home on dry land with these kinetic clocks. Inspired by a swimming koi in a pond, a trout in a stream, and a playful clown fish, they’re created by hand from gracefully curved aluminum by the aptly named Gil Muller. Each ticktock fish has a lively, lustrous shimmer that enhances the motion of its pendulum tail.

The perfect addition to an eccentric kitchen, this clever wall clock combines utility and design quite literally. It’s the Swiss Army knife of kitchen clocks, made of forks, soup spoons, spatulas and slotted spoons, and in an absolute emergency might just flip a burger. A great gift for anyone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen. 14" in diameter at its longest point, battery operated.

A fun choice for people who have always got something cooking, in an absolute emergency, this wall clock could actually fry an egg. But let’s hope it doesn’t get to that point. Just don’t accidentally toss this one in the dishwasher. Easy to hang from the handle and available in 8, 10, or 12” diameter.

The sun is powerful as all get-out. It feeds the earth, controls the orbit of everything around it for billions of miles, and it will blind you if you stare at it. It once fought Chuck Norris to a standstill. If you can manage to live your life in harmony with its rising and setting, you’ll feel like a million bucks. The problem is, it makes you play by its schedule, while the rest of the world conspires to keep that from ever happening. The simulated sun, on the other hand, is like a skull-sized sleep star that’s completely under your control. You are the god of this mini solar system, and even gods need their beauty rest. Just tell the simulated sun what time you want to wake up and what time you want to go to sleep, and it will gradually brighten and dim accordingly, simulating sunrise and sunset. You’ll never have to play by the arbitrary rules of the cosmos again.

These days devices need to do more than just what they do - watches now send text messages, and waffle irons can connect to the internet. Here’s a clock that can hang with this modern gadgetry. This table top device is a complete weather station with indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, animated color weather forecasts, calendar, customizable weather alerts, heat index, dew point, and oh yeah, also it’s an alarm clock.

The rude awakening you need to get out of bed in the morning. This small, yet powerful alarm clock wakes even the heaviest of sleepers. This is why it’s the alarm clock of choice for truck drivers and others in loud environments. If you’re the type to snooze endlessly or even sleep right through an alarm, this is the jolt you need to get your rear end out of bed. The Meanie has 3 loudness levels: 10 dB, 90 dB, and 120 dB, which is about as loud as a chainsaw beside your bed.

If you’re still saving for your own private plane, perhaps this clock will do for now. With a 19” wingspan, it’s a stunning centerpiece for a wall. Perfect for aviation fans and pilots, or a fun addition to a kid’s room. A silent battery operated movement is located behind the propeller.

Time takes on a whole new meaning when you’re looking at a clock like this one. Or does it lose all meaning? Whatever. For the chronically late, does it even matter what time it is anymore? This square desk clock design is a funny gift to poke fun at friends, college students, and loved ones who run on their own time. Clock is battery-operated and includes key hole for wall presentation.

It’s always time to hit the road according to this clock. Perfect for a car enthusiast’s garage, shop, or bachelor pad, this three dimensional tire wall clock is 14” in diameter with a 3” thick realistic rubber tire. The clock hands glow at night and the quartz movement is completely silent. A great gift for a mechanic or someone with an industrial decor.

Wake up and do what everyone has wanted to at least once before, shoot the alarm clock with a gun then go back to sleep. Two difficulty modes: Normal (requires just 1 shot to deactivate), or Hard (5 bulls-eye shots). And if you don’t want to wait until morning to shoot your clock, it also has 2 game modes: Accuracy Tester and Reaction Tester. The gun has a range of 18 feet, makes sound effects, and even recoils when fired.

Thieves these days can break into any safe, as the movies attest to. The key is in fooling them. Storing valuables inside an innocuous-looking clock is the perfect way to foil any evil plan. When you’re this clever, you don’t even need to lock things up.

Here’s a unique way to hang a clock on the wall. Couldn’t be simpler. Plus, it can double as a Flavor Flav style necklace if you’re feeling bold. Made of metal and leather, and available in multiple styles and colors to match your decor. The length of the leather strap is adjustable and the clock movement is silent.

The perfect wall clock for someone who likes to sew, this unique clock is stamped from metal and features a swinging pendulum resembling a pair of scissors. An interesting addition to a sewing or craft room, this playful clock is sure to inspire some creativity.

The Digital Alarm Clock with Power Outlets and USB Charge Port not only keeps you on track with its alarm and clock features, but it also provides power to keep your devices fully charged. Charge your smartphone, tablet, digital camera, MP3 player, etc. while you sleep. Features two built-in AC power outlets, adjustable brightness, battery backup and easy-to-read red LED display.

Stationed atop an old-fashioned gas pump, the clock's brilliant color scheme draws just enough attention without filling the entire space. The table clock employs a numerical dial with clear contrast to ensure visibility and practical use, making it an ideal fit for vintage, eclectic and industrial centered designs, appealing to many generations.

Let’s be honest...we all love sleep! So how can we trust our half-asleep self to fight the snooze button alone? By using an alarm clock that requires you to get out of bed to silence. Ruggie's extremely loud 120 decibel alarm needs to sense your pressure for at least 3 seconds to stop. Over time, this new morning routine will become a new and effortless habit.

Another noiseless solution to waking, this vibrating watch can bring you back from the depths of la-la land without disturbing your partner. Also great for the hard of hearing or anyone who feels their lifespan shorten every time they wake to the obnoxious blaring of a standard alarm. You can wear it on your wrist or belt, allowing you to receive reminders for all kinds of repeated activities, like picking the kids up from school or pill popping.

When you are retired, time doesn’t mean quite the same thing anymore. The day clock will tell you what day of the week it is (they all blend together), and it will give you a vague sense of what time it might be (which, let’s be honest here, is all you really need). What it won’t tell you is what the exact time is (let the working stiffs worry about that).

In some houses it’s always music time, no matter the hour of the day. Still, it’s nice to know if you have to go to work or something. A vinyl record clock represents the perfect way to keep time.

One thing they don’t tell you about married life is that it’s measured on multiple time scales. Once you’re married, it’s no longer enough to remember what time of day it is. You also have to keep track of what time of year it is, lest you overlook the anniversary and end up paying for it for the rest of your life. But there’s another level up from that: the “Holy sh*t, I can’t believe how long we’ve been together” time scale. That’s what makes this clock special: it tracks all three.

If you’re looking for a simple techie gadget that will really blow their hair back, this might be just the thing. A single led-studded fan blade creates a hologram-like clock face as it twirls through the air - cooling your room, telling the time, and blowing everyone’s mind all at once. Is it a physical metaphor playing on the idea that time is an illusion? A piece of alien technology? No, it’s really just a cool little gadget, even if it seems like it’s specially designed to freak out cats.

In a world where deadlines are king, why not focus on a finish line that’s really worth celebrating? Retirement! They'll keep their eye on the prize with this optimistic ticker that will drive them to accomplish bigger and better things at work. Imagine the sweet silence of no alarm in the wee hours of the morning. Retirement will feel like it’s always right around the corner.

For the ultimate clock watcher, this stylish desk accessory is a fantastic way to count down the minutes left at work, hours left in the day, days left in the year, and years left before the sweet release of retirement, and that new life in the Bahamas. Or days spent pottering around the local garden center and shouting indignantly at daytime television.

The subtle appeal of the universal wish to reverse the relentless march of time comes in the form of a regular round kitchen clock. But instead of ticking away the seconds in the standard clockwise direction, this clock goes backwards, seeming for a moment to be leading to the idyllic past rather than uncertain future.

For some people, classic will always be the way to go. This handsome retro-styled bedside noise bomb may look inconspicuous, but it takes no prisoners when it comes time to rouse the heavy sleeper. Its stylish hammer-and-bell design creates the kind of ruckus your great-grandparents swore by. This noisy little demon adds a little bit of old time class and a whole lot of get-your-ass-out-of-bed to your decor.

While many of the devices on this list incorporate unique design, unusual features, or other thoughtful methods, the Sonic Bomb makes use of brute obnoxious force. A 113-decibel, customizable alarm will wake you from the deepest slumber even as it peels the paint off the walls. If that’s not enough (or if you’re literally deaf), the Sonic Bomb also comes with a bed-shaker that you place underneath the mattress to rouse you with miniature earthquake-like vibrations. If you can sleep through this, just give up.

You may know potatoes as a good source of potassium, but did you know they can be used to power an alarm clock? The 4M Potato Clock teaches young minds the value of green energy in an illuminating way. The Potato Clock uses a pair of ordinary spuds to power a digital clock. This kit includes a digital clock, wires and prongs; two potatoes are all that's needed to create a working clock. This kit is ideal for young science enthusiasts, and offers a valuable lesson on the transformative power of green science. Detailed assembly instructions included. No batteries required.