Pendulum clocks are classic and timeless pieces that can go with almost any style of home. If you want something eye-catching and unique that is functional, you can never go wrong with a pendulum wall clock. And it doesn't have to be the vintage style grandfather's clock; these days, there are tons of different varieties you can choose from. I have found 5 great examples of modern and unusual designs, but first, a brief background on pendulum clocks.
The pendulum clock was invented by Christiaan Huygens in 1656 and, at the time, was the most precise timekeeper in the world. It uses a swinging weight called a pendulum as the timekeeping element. To operate, they must be stationary because any acceleration or movement will affect its motion, thus, causing inaccuracies to the time.
Back then, they were status symbols that expressed their owners' wealth and culture. There were different styles specific to the different time zones of different countries as well as their intended use. Some of these styles include the banjo clock, bracket clock, cartel clock, Comtoise or Morbier clock, crystal regulator, cuckoo clock, longcase, lantern, mantel, ogee, pillar, schoolhouse regulator, Act of Parliament clock, turret, Vienna regulator, Zaandam clock, and Torsion pendulum clock. All classic pieces, but designs and styles have evolved and led to the development of unusual looking pendulum clocks and below are some examples.
The Skull Pendulum clock is perfect if you want something modern with a pirate-like twist. It is in the
Another extraordinary yet magnificent design is the Howard Miller Focal Point 622-779
To add a rustic feel to your room, try the Rustic Cedar Clock from Maverick Creations. It is a large
Pendulum wall clocks do not necessarily have to be heavy, dark, traditional pieces. Clocks as unique and unusual as the designs mentioned above add both beauty and function to your home.