From top left to right:
- An old-fashioned bell ringer is encased in a block of Lucite—a nifty mix of vintage and modern. McCollin Bryan, $248.
- This neat, super-legible little tool lights up at night. BAI, $28.
- A square, silver-finish molded plastic digital is self-setting. Philippe Starck for Oregon Scientific, $63.
- It not only tells time but charges your iPod and wakes you up painlessly to the tunes you love. Fashionation, $40.
- Double-time alarm has an easy-to-read face inside, a tiny "museum watch" dial on the cover. Movado Collection, $80.
- A limited edition black-and-white clock, inspired by a backgammon board, is as chic as a Turner Classic movie. Cartier, $1,300.
Eyeglasses, Versace. Lamp, Aero. Chair and bedside table, Baker. Carafe, Nicole Farhi Home. Glass, Riedel. Boxes, Barbara Barry Realized by Henredon.
Clockwise, from top:
- The “asterisk” clock, by pioneering modernist George Nelson (who hung out with the likes of Isamu Noguchi and Buckminster Fuller), is like a punctuation mark for your wall. George Nelson for Vitra, $265.
- There's nothing cutesy about this pared-down cuckoo clock. Artificial, $433.
- This black disk with a big red 6 has a playful irony that we could all use during rush hour. Oliver Hemming, $128.
- The pleasantly retro orange clock is small, so it eats up less wall space. Infinity Instruments, $35.
- This rainbow digital can also be wall-mounted to keep counters free. Brookstone, $25.
- Do-it-yourself kit includes multicolor self-adhesive cubes you can stick up in any order you please. Karlsson, $79.
- This buttery circle will melt even the morning-phobic. Alessi, $134.
Cup and saucer, Apilco Tuileries. French press, Bonjour. Juice glass and bowl, Nicole Farhi Home.
Clockwise, from top
- The sunflower clock was originally designed by George Nelson in 1958; its open construction lets the wall color show through. George Nelson, $965.
- Gold-plated and extravagant, this is an instant heirloom. Jaeger-LeCoultre.
- Get the temperature and barometric pressure along with the time. Ralph Lauren Home.
- Reward yourself for a promotion with an upscale brass swing clock. Tiffany & Co., $725.
- Sleek 1948 design (also by George Nelson) puts time on a pedestal. George Nelson, $365.
- For music with your coffee break, try a vintage-looking clock-radio. Tivoli Audio, $200.
- Oversize jumbled numbers on an orange square might counteract 4 o'clock slump. Dario Serio for Nava Milano, $98.
Jewel box with travel tray, Smythson of Bond Street. Desk blotter and pen, Graphic Image.
Clockwise, from top:
- A sophisticated embossed calfskin case (slides opens, clicks closed) has the clock tucked neatly inside. Asprey, $700.
- This leather case comes in groovy colors like apple green and Caribbean blue. Baekgaard, $44.
- A red face isn't a bit embarrassing on this stylish circular clock. Links of London, $195.
- An exquisitely thin timepiece—from a company known for jewelry—folds up to matchbook size. Verdura, $225.
- Clever, unfussy design and happy colors are the trademarks of the innovative travel-accessory purveyors who offer this model. BAI, $25.