A wall clock in one’s office is, studies have shown, looked at an average of 30-50 times a day. A watch on one’s wrist, also known as a wristwatch, probably looked at a similar number of times. A clock on one’s computer is certainly noticed, but at least current adult creatures of habit still look at it with less frequency than dedicated clocks or watches. And as for looking at the clock on your iPod, fuhgeddaboudit. iPod users, while we have yet to see a definitive study, tend to look at the clocks on their devices with much less frequency than those who own and wear watches. But on the bright side, who would buy an iPod for the clock feature anyway?
As mobile computing and virtual realities becomes more pervasive, the future of timekeeping, and the devices used by individuals, will no doubt shift to some important degree.
Having said that, grandfather clocks, wall clocks, mantel clocks and the like are frequently as much about home decor, office decor, and interior decorating as anything else, so we don’t anticipate major marketplace changes from that vantage point.
Howard Miller Clocks, Ridgeway Clock Collection, Hermle Floor Clocks, Seth Thomas Clocks, and Bulova watches to grandfather clocks are likely to be brands that are here for the long haul.
We expect their popularity will continue unabated both among collectors and interior designers. And we see this for both clocks and watches of all types, with some exciting innovations no doubt playing a role as we move forward in time.
Happy New Year to all.