Pantime is a student project by James Beattie of Bedford College, UK

(thank you Jeffrey Tribe)

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  1. ok… there is WAY too much “hey, lets PANTONE-ize common,everyday objects and then bask in our perceived cleverness!” going on.

  2. Maybe so, but this looks damn nice and I wouldn’t mind having a clock like this on my wall as a decorative object, although telling the precise time might be sort of difficult…

  3. Tian Harlan did this with the Chromachron in the 70s, I’m assuming its a “homage”…

  4. what decided where 12 o’clock was on the color wheel?

    does it match up with Chromo(tm)?

  5. Pantone reference 012 (yellow) determined that it appeared at 12 o’clock. There is no reference to Chromo/Chromachron.

  6. I’m no artist, but this clock is beautiful and I would love to buy one! :-D

  7. I would note that the same color scheme works very nicely for the year.

    I had this idea a while ago, and was amazed to discover there were 24-hour clock mechanisms out there. But I never built one.

    I also mapped music’s circle of fifths to the color wheel, with C at yellow, G at orange-yellow, etc. If you gave your clock a corresponding set of chimes, those with perfect pitch would always know the hour….

    I also had the idea of using the old kind of drop-leaf digital clocks for this purpose. And then I thought about putting little paintings on each leaf.

    Too many ideas, too little time.

    Well, let me know if these are ever for sale.

  8. It reminds me of a concept I did for a design challenge earlier this year…

  9. Lovely!

    Reminds me of the ‘Colour-Time’ watches and clocks by Tian Harlan in the 70’s 80’s.

  10. I think this is an excellent piece of design. I would love to have one if it was ever made into a working clock! I find it hysterical that some people can be so critical (some of the comments above)…probably just jealous that they didn’t come up with the idea themselves.

  11. I found your by googling my own Swiss Miss box clock that I made. I love your design! my site is

  12. where can I buy it?

  13. well im the guy how made it.. and it took forever.

  14. Cool. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I think this clock looks great! I don’t know about it’s practicality as an actual clock because it’s a little hard to see with all the colors, but for an art piece on the wall it’d be great. I really like the color wheel type thing!

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  16. Great work james! I love it! I would like to buy it.

  17. Please let me know if these are ever for sale!!!

  18. James, very amusing and I’m gutted it’s not in production! Great idea, let me know if you ever get Pantone to let you make it! I want to place my order!