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If you don’t have The Screensaver, you’ve definitely seen it. The most aesthetic screensaver ever is a simple flip clock-like display that tells the time, flipping with each changing minute. It’s all over Instagram, and basically the screensaver to end all screensavers.
But the digital clock screensaver created by Fliqlo isn’t just for your laptop screen. It actually pulls inspiration from vintage flip clocks — and you can still buy the real deal.
Vintage flip clocks — also called flap clocks or split-flap clocks — were invented in the late 1940s. Not only were these clocks popular in homes, but they also took over public railway stations and airports where time-telling and departure information is essential. Called Solari boards in these travel-based locations, the electromechanical flip boards got their name after creator Remigio Solari, who created the split-flap departure board and the similarly-designed flip clock.
Nowadays, Solari boards are rare, with newer, easier-to-update technology the new standard. But the aesthetic (and nostalgia) of the simple flip clock remains — even if limited to idle computers.
You can take that vintage aesthetic into your everyday, however, with these tabletop flip clocks. Not only do they tell time, but they are way more stylish than your standard digital alarm clock. Passing minutes never looked so cool.
Shop: Victrola Nostalgic Metal Flip Clock, $69.99
Shop: White Flip Clock, $99
Shop: Retro Flip Wall Clock, $100
Shop: Bold Flip Clock Grey, $189.49
Shop: Steel Boxed Flip Clock, $174
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