Static Clock



Designer: Richard Sapper

Established: 1934

Brand: Lorenz

The design of the Lorenz Static table clock derives from the intention to create a non-static shape, which means a shape possessing its own vitality. The base-plate is situated at a point on which the object would usually not stand; being almost invisible there is an impression that the clock is floating. The dial and the glass emerge from the case giving the idea of reaching out towards the person wishing to know the time. The result of the whole object’s conception is a powerful vitality; the clock returns to its position by itself from whatever starting point, assuming the stability which gives it its name. The jury gave the following reason for awarding this clock with a most prestigious title: “The simplicity and austerity of the design in its shape as well as in the materials, the charm of the object and the classic appeal of the numerals, have won the Lorenz Static clock the 1960 Compasso d’Oro Award.

At the age of 26, this was Richard Sapper's first commission, which came from Tullio Bolletta, the head of Lorenz. Bolletta had purchased a wagon load of obsolete torpedo electric movements which he thought could be incorporated into a clock, since "there was not a single modern model on the market, except for one designed by Angelo Mangiarotti."

Item Description: The clock form was milled from a solid block of stainless steel with a counterweight to keep the clock perched upright, and causing it to roll back into its upright position should it be knocked over. The shape of the glass face is intentionally convex to avoid any distortions and reflections of artificial light. Each clock comes with a leather transport case. Each clockcomes with a 1.5V battery. 

Materials: Made of a deep pressed aluminum case in a block mold. Coated with enameled finishing for the black & red clocks. The glass of the watch face is produced in methacrylate, casted at high pressure and using chromed tooling. The glass contains UV protection in order to avoid any yellowing. 

Dimensions: L: 4" x W: 2.5" x H: 3" x Ø 2.5"

Care Instructions: Upon receiving the clock remove clock face from the casing by gently pulling the glass straight out. Then look at the back of the clock and remove the plastic film to start the battery. To set the clock to the right time, operate the big wheel that's sitting at the top of the battery. To put the clock back into its case, just act in the opposite way matching the semicircular milling with the notch on the movement holding plate. 

Made In: Italy