x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Wish List: Karlsson Time Talks flip clock

This solidly retro piece does away with numbers and only changes every five minutes, recalling a slower, gentler time.

Karlsson Time Talks flip clock, £255 (Dh1,511) from www.perryperry.com.
Karlsson Time Talks flip clock, £255 (Dh1,511) from www.perryperry.com.

There are many reasons we like the Time Talks clock. Designed by Erwin & William for Karlsson, the Dutch firm also responsible for the iconic Calendar clock and other timeless timepieces, it's a solidly retro piece, and not just in its design, reaching back before the digital 24-hour clock era to tell the time properly. And by properly we mean in the old-fashioned way - there's no telling us it's 2.30 with this thing. What's more, its display only changes every five minutes, recalling gentler, slower times and reaffirming its old-school credentials. And if you already know how to tell the time in English, why not do so in Dutch, German, French or Italian? There's a version of the clock in all five languages.

Karlsson Time Talks flip clock, £255 (Dh1,511) plus international P&P (price available on request), www.perryperry.com