In 2008, Adatte Design was already passionate about vintage and eclectic technology and produced a limited run of simple Nixie tube clocks for a client, using six Z566M Nixies mounted on a solid machined aluminum body made in Switzerland. It’s only recently that they rediscovered this clock and thought to make a new one.
After a long research, they eventually found a large new old stock of Z560M tubes in East Europe. More than fifty years ago, they were used on measuring and scientific instruments and calculators, instead of the LED technology we have today. Having found so many, they logically thought to make a large time zone clock that uses 5x6 tubes. After many sketches and 3D renderings, no interesting result was obtained. They didn’t want to make just ‘another’ nixie clock and there weren’t enough tubes in stock to make a decent number of units.
That’s when the breakthrough idea came: make an all-in-one time zone clock, six tubes per clock (HH:MM:SS) and a rotating dial to display the corresponding time of the five cities through an aperture.
The concept was born!
After another bunch of more elaborated sketches on what they called the rotating ‘drum’ and the details of the clock, they started the 3D renderings to give it a strong visual identity and added the colors. It was all designed in their studio in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The “Nixie Time Zone” clock is entirely Swiss Made. It holds Adatte design own patented system and design and uses 6 new old stock and genuine nixie tubes as a display.