Perhaps best known for the critical dismantling and reassembling of transistor radios in the early 80's, Daniel Weil has rediscovered his fascination for reducing objects to their component parts, whilst working on this private commission to create a gift for an architect.
Broken up into five distinct elements, the object demonstrates Weil's desire to explore the workings of the timepiece, as much as its appearance. Charming details fulfill both these objectives; the mechanism "housing"; the functioning rubber belt and even contrasting cross-head and flat-head screws at the feet of the battery stand to denote positive and negative charge.
Where his carrier bag radios of times gone-by sought to question the "packaging" of technology by "the market", Weil's clock attempts to deconstruct time itself:
"Objects like clocks are both prosaic and profound. Prosaic because of their ubiquity in everyday life, profound because of the mysterious nature of time itself. Time can be reduced to hours, minutes and seconds, just as a clock can be reduced to its component parts. This doesn't explain time, but in a way simply exposes its mysterious essence."
Sam Dunne is a designer, strategist and writer based in London. Sam is founder of design strategy agency Cohere and Contributing Editor at Core77—reporting broadly on design, technology, food and object culture.