You don't need a travel clock. We get it. It's 2020. Your iPhone knows what time it is. Blah blah blah. We've heard it all before. Are you wearing a watch? Great — you're sufficiently old-school. Keep reading.
No, you don't need a travel clock — let alone a mechanical version — but this one is oh so cool. Inspired by vintage models from the 1920s and 1930s — back when travelers actually did need a portable alarm — the new Eight-Day from HODINKEE harkens back to a time when globetrotting was glamorous, flights involves multiple legs on a prop-powered aircraft, and there were still decades of exploration left to be done before we largely filled in the blank spots on anything printed by Rand McNally.
Small enough to fit in the palm of one's hand, the Eight-Day Travel Clock is fashioned from PVD-coated steel and hand-upholstered in grey goat leather. Featuring a grey dial whose center lightens ever so slightly, the face recalls — in my estimation, anyway — vintage models that have faded somewhat with the passing of time (or radium-coated hands). The typeface used on the dial is Decimal, a special font for use on watches, clocks, and other horological objects from one of the foremost minds in custom typeface, Jonathan Hoefler. Super-LumiNova-coated hands ensures legibility in the wee, groggy hours of the morning.
Powering the Eight-Day Travel Clock is a handwound mechanical clock with an eight-day power reserve and an alarm function, built by Swiss manufacture Pontifa, a small, family-owned business located in Ponts-de-Martel, in the canton of Neuchâtel. Veteran movement makers, Pontifa has fashioned calibers for pocket watches, dashboard clocks, and, of course, eight-day alarm clocks since its founding in 1850.
Limited to just 96 pieces, the HODINKEE Eight-Day Travel Clock comes with a three-year warranty and is available for international delivery at a price of $5,900.