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March 7, 2013
Daylight Savings Time is just around the corner on March 10th. Spring forward and welcome the longer days in style with ten of our favorite wall, table, and alarm clocks.

Waking up is hard to do. Running late is no fun. Looking up to realize you just watched a few too many episodes of Downton Abbey is a little disconcerting. But the sting of these time-based quandaries can be quelled with a look at this bright geometric sunburst of a plywood clock, made by Chroma Lab.

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Travel back in time to 1955 with this bronze and chrome clock by mid-century design legend George Nelson. The diameter of the Star clock reaches 24"—be sure to reserve for roomier walls.

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Plugging a cord into a socket or inserting a battery may seem like the easiest way to power a small appliance but it's not the only way. Italian designers Francesco Castiglione Morelli & Tommaso Ceschi designed the Timeless Garden concept clock as a demonstration of the way in which a few simple scientific principles can provide you with self-sustaining electricity.

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If you are like us, you probably have a tendency to check email or Facebook on your iPhone before you settle in for the night. Also, your iPhone probably doubles as your alarm clock. This alarm dock is the ideal bedside companion piece. The dock is made of sustainably harvested new-growth beech wood and is a modern nod to those faux wood grain casings we remember all too well. Download the free Areaware Alarm Dock Clock app on your iPhone (available on iTunes App Store). Early morning has never looked so bright!

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This clock doesn’t play videos, won’t show the latest NBA scores, isn’t a portable music device, has no access to the Internet, and will never fit in your pocket. Nevertheless, its charmingly straightforward functions are nothing but essential: When you need to know the time, any time, the ABS clock will tell you—and if you ask it nicely, its old-school alarm will gently wake you.

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Modern red alarm clock by Jasper Morrison for Punkt.

Jasper Morrison hits another home run with this alarm clock available in red, black or white. Though we're known to hit the snooze button over and over again, we wouldn't mind being roused by this looker. There's also a special edition of the AC 01, whose proceeds help benefit people living in Maeami, a fishing village in the Tōhoku region of Japan, which was swept away by the March 2011 tsunami.

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Keep your hours, minutes, and seconds in perfectly pixellated order with this bamboo clock designed by Yusuke Tsujita, which offers a checkerboard glimpse at the beautiful grain of the wood.

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Dada Pressed Glass Clock by Artecnica

While not quite as surrealistic as Dali’s clocks, this Dada Clock recalls the essence of dadaism—newness, modernity and iconoclasm. Designed by Tahmineh Javanbakht, the oblong-shaped enclosure magnifies and distorts an original Artecnica watch face.

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This German-made time piece is modeled after classic Black Forest design and updated with sleek and modern proportions.

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Blomus's Era wall clock is essentially a pretty face—and that's nothing to be ashamed of.

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Orange Burst clock chroma lab

Waking up is hard to do. Running late is no fun. Looking up to realize you just watched a few too many episodes of Downton Abbey is a little disconcerting. But the sting of these time-based quandaries can be quelled with a look at this bright geometric sunburst of a plywood clock, made by Chroma Lab.

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