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Design clock Delay shows time on a pure and innovative way. It combines passion for technique with sustainability. It’s about time…

In our consumer society we loose our feeling for technique. We produce digital products in a plastic body. What happens when they break down? We just buy another one, why make life hard when we can just buy new products? Bloomming thinks that it is better to invest in good quality products, and when it breaks…. Try to repair it. Do it yourself or do it together. It’s fun and you learn a lot about products, how they work, what the materials are and how they’re produced.

Out of this philosophy design clock Delay is born. It is impressive how the technique of a clock makes it possible to show the right time. Most of the time this beautiful part is hidden inside a plastic body. Design clock Delay works the other way around and exists only out of technical parts. By showing how time works we keep our love for technique.

Design Clock Delay explains the working of time completely in stainless steel.

Industrial poetry explains how time works.

Quite easy actually. Design clock Delay exists of three cogwheels: One for hours, one for minutes and one for seconds.

The Seconds-wheel has 60 teeth and makes 1 rotation a minute, it drives the Minutes-wheel which has also 60 teeth and because of that, it is delayed 60 times, so it makes one rotation an hour. The Minutes-wheel drives the Hours-wheel which has 24 teeth and because of that, it is delayed 24 times, so it makes one rotation a day.

On the seconds-wheel every tooth is a second, on the minute-wheel every tooth is a minute and on the hours wheel every tooth is an hour.

And where are the pointers so we can read time? Pointers are not necessary because you can read time at the point where the wheels nearly meet. Less is more.

Design clock Delay on white background
Office design clock Delay in stylish office

The unique features of a time machine.

Design clock Delay is completely made of a high quality stainless steel and aluminum. The dimensions of clock Delay are 34x34x48cm (WxDxH). Clock Delay comes with a 220-240V ungrounded EU power adapter or a 100-110V ungrounded North American power adapter. Other voltages and plugs possible on request.

Designed by Bloomming and produced by our metal working place near Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Every step of production from the first sketches to the final finished product is completed with care and the highest standards in mind. From the fine quality of stainless steel and millwork, there’s impeccable attention to every detail. Only available in a limited edition of 240 pieces. Clock Delay comes with an official Bloomming certificate.

What Others Are Saying

As Stylish As Innovative

Clock Delay is analogical, has a retro-futuristic look, and is electronic. Its mechanism has three different cogwheels: one marks the hour, one for the minutes, and the third for seconds. The intersection point of the three wheels displays the exact time. Clock Delay has been manufactured in stainless steel and aluminum, and its objective is to be a vision for people interested in, and lovers of technology. As stylish as it is innovative, Clock Delay is more than a clock. It is an objet d'art!

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Cristian Campos Product Design Now Design Clock Delay 15 January 2012


In our modern times it sometime seems as clocks are an instrument of times long gone by, but Delay of the Dutch studio Bloomming is hypermodern. This timepiece consists of 3 large gears, one for seconds, one for minutes and one for hours.

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Elsevier Theme Interior Design Clock Delay 7 October 2009

A Timeless Piece

Bas van Leeuwen of designer firm Blooming wants to increase awareness of products and how they work. In today's world, no one seems to know how products work anymore. If they break down or don't work anymore, we throw them away. Their design clock Delay shows the actual mechanism of a clock and is so beautiful designed it will truly become a timeless piece.

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Zuiderlucht Design Clock Delay 10 October 2008

Is That The Time? No, Really Is It?

Contrary to appearances, this rather scare-looking aluminium and steel contraption - designed by one Bas van Leeuwen for Dutch design studio Bloomming and christened the Clock Delay - is intended to serve a strictly benign purpose, namelijk that of measuring time. How? Upon its three cogwheels, labelled hours, minutes and seconds, you'll notice a series of numbers running along the outside edge of each. Observe the points where the three meet each other, and there's your time. Yes, we quite agree, as clocks go it's hardly when you'd call practical. Yet there's something hypnotic and compelling about its elegant mechanism, plus it's a potentially great conversation starter. Just make sure that small childeren, pets and the inebriated don't get too close...

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Smartlife Lifestyle Bible Design Clock Delay 1 October 2008

Makes Technology Visible Again

Because nowadays people tend not to repair old devices anymore, the appreciation for their technological marvel seems to be slowly disappearing. Studio Bloomming makes technology visible again and places it directly in the spotlights with their design clock Delay.

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Eigen Huis & Interieur Design Clock Delay 23 October 2008

Long Live Technology!

We buy products, use products and when it breaks down we throw it away. Repairing them is getting more rare. Because of this, we tend to lose our touch with technology. With the design clock Delay, design studio Bloomming wishes to bring back this touch. In the design of the clock, the inner workings of time are shown in a mechanism consisting of three gears: one for seconds, another for minutes and a third one for hours. Where these touch each other, you can read the current time. Clock hands are a redundancy!

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Vormberichten Design Clock Delay 9 August 2007

Outstanding & Wonderful

From our private collection. The outstanding clock Delay by Bas van Leeuwen of design studio Bloomming. A wonderful experiment that catches the eye!

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Grazia Casa Design Clock Delay 1 May 2009

Reminds Us To Value Products

The Dutch design studio Bloomming reminds us to value products. Why? In today's world, we dispose of our products too early! Their clock Delay, which consists of three gears - for hours, minutes and seconds - shows the time where the wheels meet.

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Living Design+ Design Clock Delay 15 February 2009

Really Fascinating

Watches have long ceased to be the only instrument for determining the time. The clock Delay by Bas van Leeuwen is amazingly similar to the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. A challenge to our "disposable culture" where we tend to live in a hurry, buy stuff we don't need and trash them early. We seemed to have lost the taste and interest in technology. Clock Delay brings that feeling of appreciation back. There are three majestic gears which rotate with the ticking of time: hours, minutes and seconds. These circles meet at one point where you can read the current time. Appreciate to read the time: it is much easy to be distracted by the fascinating process how this clock works!

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Trend Magazine Design Clock Delay 1 August 2008

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