IN: Inspiration

Time takes time

Concrete timepieces that are made to stand the test of time.


It’s time to talk about concrete and clocks. We’ve noticed an increasing number of timepieces that make use of concrete in their construction. Concrete creates an interesting visual tension when used in connection with timepieces - for obvious reasons, like the inherent contradiction between the never-ceasing hands of time and the static nature of set concrete.

Right now, the clocks that are ticking our boxes include the new 4th Dimension Watch Urban Edition from Taiwan-based 22 Designs, the GrandDaughter Clock by our Finalist Marco Ranieri and a modern gentleman’s fob watch, created by another of our Finalists, Coenraad Oelofse.

22 Designs is an industrial design company hailing from the city of Taipei. The studio is no stranger to the pages of acclaimed international publications, having already featured in the likes of the the New York Times, Wallpaper Magazine as well as GQ. They’ve also adorned our very own PPC Imaginarium journal.

Every detail  of 22 Designs’ 4th Dimension Watch Urban Edition wristwatch has been designed to show the beauty of the raw materials in their purest form. From the delicate sculpting of the concrete watch face itself to the polished stainless steel hands, the brass crown to the leather strap, this wristwatch is exquisitely crafted.

High production values also feature in Ranieri’s GrandDaughter Clock, which is a modern riposte to the conventional grandfather clock of old. This tall, freestanding item features white concrete as a curved frame for an African Mahogany clock face. The shape of the clock is intended to mimic that of an hourglass, to further emphasize the notion of time. Find out more about Ranieri’s approach here.

Local jewellery designer, Coenraad Oelofse has also created something unique with his submission for the PPC Imaginarium Awards. Thanks to his concrete fob watch, he was chosen as one of the Jewellery Category Finalists for 2015/2016. Having grown up in a household where antiques were common place, Coenraad drew inspiration from the designs of yesteryear to create his contemporary take on an old-fashioned gentleman’s pocket piece. The result is functional and aesthetic. Take a closer look at his submission. If you would like to contact Coenraad, you can do so via his Facebook page.

Coenraad Oelofse

You can also see more of the incredible submissions to the PPC Imaginarium competition on our site. (Here)

It’s our final Call for Entries! Do you have an innovative concrete design that could award you the top prize? Submit your conceptual statement to stand a chance of winning a share of R500 000.

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