Brando Magnetic Ball Clock 

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This is clock but it has no numerals and no hands, so before you shout ‘who has nicked the hands’ it never had any. This is a magnetic clock and ideal for the executive desk as it’s a clever piece of kit and certainly something that requires good light either natural or powered as this just works day after day with no external connections.

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It is round at 11cm and 4cm thick. Two metal rods screw into the wooden back to allow it to sit at 45 degrees on a flat surface. It is stated that it can also be wall mounted.

The clock itself is a grey metal.

The face is divided into twelve quadrants with small slashes at the hours. Move round the face till 3 O-Clock and there are three letters ‘h’ the outermost, then ‘m’ and finally ‘s’ they are about 1.5cm apart.

Remove the circular piece of wood from the back and insert the provided ‘AA’ battery in the quartz clock mechanism then place one of the tiny coloured balls on the face it will probably role around a bit and then it will find its place, then another which do likewise and finally a third (spares are provided) and then use the wheel on the quartz clock to set the time. This should be the last time you need to adjust it till the clocks go forward or back an hour. Most clocks with a quartz mechanism use very little power so several years could past before you need to change the battery.

It’s quite fascinating to watch the inner most ball move continuously round the face, you will have to watch longer around 60 seconds to see the middle ball move and be in a Zen like state to see the outer one move.

Once the battery is inserted and the balls in place you can even tip the clock upside down the balls stay in place.

This is not a toy but perhaps something for the man – or woman – who has everything.

I have been watching it for around a month without the clock losing or gaining time.

The instruction sheet in the box is in Chinese but look at the illustrations on the Brando site – they are in English – and show you all you need to know. It is available in Black or Grey.

Keep it away from children who might like eating the balls but if you do not touch it the time just keeps going.

The Magnetic Ball Clock is available from the link below for $52 (US) which is around £42 at time of writing and Brando ship world wide for free.  

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