New, Exclusive Editions of “Wall Clock”: Gold, Silver, and Copper Leaf
Gold, silver, and copper leaf has been affixed to the simple ±0 Wall Clocks made up of 5mm thick plates. The slightly rich, elegant clocks stand out on both dark wood walls and on white plaster walls. Enjoy the precision of this exquisite craftsmanship to your heart’s content.
These special products are exclusively available at ±0 STORE (the official e-commerce site for Japanese domestic customers) on a make-to-order basis only.
The face, the hour markers, and the hands of this clock are all the same color, making it appear as though the clock were a relief hung on the wall, or a perhaps a sculpture. The contoured shadows of this clock inform you of the time. At a time when there are a multitude of clocks in rooms and all around us, it’s nice to have a clock that is more like an objet d’art such as this one.
- Details –
A simple clock with no glass and no second hand; a clock with hands that protrude from the face
Since the hour and minutes hands protrude from the clock face, there’s no need to worry about reflections off glass etc. when telling the time.
Since there is no rapidly moving second hand, the shadow cast by the clock is beautiful and serene.
Has an accompanying stand, so it can be stood up too.
Since it comes with a stand that can be attached to the back of the clock, it can be stood up on a flat surface too.
Tradition and craftsmanship behind the gold, silver, and copper leaf
The production technique of gold leaf was supposedly introduced into Japan from Asian continent together with Buddhism. The accurate origin of Japanese gold leaf is unknown, but it apparently dates back to a considerably ancient time because a good deal of gold leaf is being used for many time-honored Japanese temples like Byodoin founded by Yorimichi Fujiwara in 1035, Chusonji Temple by Kiyohira Fujiwara in 1124 and Kinkakuji Temple (or Gold Pavilion) by Yoshimitsu Ashikaga in 1393.
In feudal times, Japanese gold leaf was produced mainly in Kyoto as well as Tokyo, or Edo as it was called in those days, but in Japan it is now manufactured only in Kanazawa city, thus called “Kanazawa Leaf” of “Kaga Leaf” (Kaga is the old name of Kanazawa). The major reason for this fact is that the climate of Kanazawa, especially its water, is suited for the production of gold leaf, with the historical background that Kanazawa has long been one of the greatest cities in Japan of applied fine arts.
Although the metal leaf is a kind of material for applied fine arts, it might be well called “applied fine arts” itself owing to its manual production process. There are four kinds of metal leaves, viz. gold, silver, brass and aluminum leaves, each of which is being used various different purposes.
- Specifications -
Colors: Gold Leaf / Silver Leaf / Copper Leaf
Production code: ZZC-S010 (XN), (XS), (XQ)
Product Number: 456533 (Gold Leaf), 456540 (Silver Leaf), 456557 (Copper Leaf)
Material Used: ABS Resin
Precision: accuracy – average per month ±20 seconds or less
Operating temperature: -10℃ 〜 +50℃
Power source: size AA battery x 1
Battery life: approx. 1 year (when using a manganese battery)
Dimensions: H250mm x W250mm x D33.4mm
Weight: approx. 340g (including battery)
Included: clock(1) / monitor battery (size AA manganese battery) (1) / hanging apparatus (wooden screw) (1) / stand (1) / instruction manual (1)