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What you want is clarity, information, and nice, clean lines—which doesn't rule out innovative shapes or juicy color. A playfully designed timepiece can actually make a task feel less onerous. 

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  1. The sunflower clock was originally designed by George Nelson in 1958; its open construction lets the wall color show through. George Nelson, $965.
  2. Gold-plated and extravagant, this is an instant heirloom. Jaeger-LeCoultre.
  3. Get the temperature and barometric pressure along with the time. Ralph Lauren Home.
  4. Reward yourself for a promotion with an upscale brass swing clock. Tiffany & Co., $725.
  5. Sleek 1948 design (also by George Nelson) puts time on a pedestal. George Nelson, $365.
  6. For music with your coffee break, try a vintage-looking clock-radio. Tivoli Audio, $200.
  7. 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.
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