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Modern Flip Clock Updates an Old Standard

by Paul Strauss
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Remember those crummy old alarm clocks from the seventies that used numbers that flipped as the time changed? Dutch designer Wil van den Bos has reinvented the classic flip clock as a work of modern magnificence.

Will Vanden Vos Bomba Clock

For starters, the Bomba Alarm Clock has rid itself of those boring plain-Jane digits and updated them into a hip post-modern typeface. Then, by freeing the clock from its box, and exposing its inner-workings, the clock makes a truly dramatic statement. Add to the exposed gears and cogs a couple of blue/white LEDs to provide illumination, and you have one totally excellent clock for your desk.

I’m still looking for a U.S. importer for these, but for now, you can pick one up from Japan’s Visions Coax for ¥9975 (appx. $80 USD.)

[UPDATE 6/20/2007: I’ve managed to find these clocks right here in the U.S. from littleclockshop.com for just $68 each.]

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Comments (17):

  1. speedmaster says:

    Very sharp, I like it! ;-)

  2. […] Alarm clocks are awful! After all it isn’t natural for our body to be comfy with the idea of jumping out of the bed at the sound of the buzzer! But to be honest, it is impossible to wake up without one blaring into our ears either, right? Dutch designer Will Vanden Vos has reinvented the classic flip clock as a work of modern magnificence and created the Bomba Alarm Clock. The digits part have been fashoined into a hip post-modern typeface. This Bomba acutally bares its techinical surface and that is exactly what sets it apart A couple of blue and white LEDs are provided for illumination. If all this has bomba-rded your spirits then you can order one from Japan for ¥9975 (appx. $80 USD). Source […]

  3. […] Vanden Vos. Dutch Designer Will Vanden Vos has reinvented the flip clocks of the 70s. Link – via Technabob […]

  4. n8 says:

    I have a back lit rotating display alarm clock similar in design to the old flip clocks, which I removed the casing from to show off the gearing and guts. I call it ‘the skeleton clock’. Because of electrical hazards, it is in storage since I having children.

    This particular clock is far more elegant and safe than my old skeleton clock, but brings back fond memories.

  5. […] Page [Visions Coax via Technabob] Powered by Gregarious (42) Share This Link to This […]

  6. […] Available at Visions Coax of Japan (site translated from Japanese) for around $80. Found at Technabob […]

  7. […] Available at Visions Coax of Japan (site translated from Japanese) for around $80. Found at Technabob […]

  8. […] Available at Visions Coax of Japan (site translated from Japanese) for around $80. Found at Technabob […]

  9. Smidigt says:

    Very nice! Reminds me of the Flip-Me-Over Clock.

  10. Smidigt says:

    Bomba – väckarklocka med bläddersiffror…

    Bomba Alarm Clock är en riktigt stilig bordsklocka med bläddersiffror – en funktion och design som för tankarna till Flip-Me-Over Clock.

    Om man önskar kan den aktuella tiden, som endast visas med 12-timmarstid, lysas upp med vita och blå lysdiod…

  11. aaron says:

    where can i buy 1 coz i wont it]

  12. JAMES PORTELLI says:

    Where can I buy one?
    What are dimensions of clock?

  13. technabob says:

    The clock measures 4″ x 8″ x 5″, and you can find them at LittleClockShop for about $70.

  14. John Chen says:

    I bought this clock at http://www.clock3.com for about $50.. Pretty cool clock. The only bad thing about this clock is the alarm function is a bit off.. Its always either 5 min early or late…. :(

  15. Angad Kumar says:

    Hey I needed to know if the body is made up of metal or is it just plastic that has been painted to look like white metal. I ask this because of the white background in the pictures above, its not possible to tell how it would actually look like and since their is another color version this clock also.
    (the black color one – http://www.e-ville.com/fi/149-heratyskellot/3992-flip-clock-walarm–retro-poytalamppu.html
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1kBA8dAKoM&feature=related
    )

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