Experiencing Time with the TimeMachine
It was in the mid-nineties that a young industrial designer in Amsterdam, Maarten Kraanen, was dreaming about creating a clock that was different than anything that was ever made. His idea was to design and make a wall clock where the connection between the mechanics and the dial was separated, eliminating the usual gears or rods. In Maarten’s own words: Time, as an experience, that moves and flows. That’s why my clocks do not tick…I wanted to make a clock which tells the time in the way I see it: as a physiological experience, as something you undergo.
Being a Dutchman, he loved biking and one day, during a long trip, the light bulb came on…what about using a chain to transfer the movement? He started working on the idea and then decided not just to use a bike chain but more bicycle parts. The TimeMachine was born!
Not only standard bicycle chains are used but also the basic bicycle components as a crankshaft, spokes and a real old fashioned bell that will ring start every hour with a discreet high ring tone. The TimeMachine is not driven by a spring or a weight, but by a small, silent 110 Volt 60Hz synchronous motor that therefore always runs exactly on time.