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For those of us who can't bear the thought of spending just a few minutes away from our social networks, let alone an entire night, our bedside smartphones double as an adequate alarm clock. But for those who are able to disconnect at bedtime, Lexon's In-Out clock is a minimal but cleverly functional way to ensure your alarm is set before you drift off to sleep.

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The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS), which sets the time which standardises the world's clocks, just announced that it is tacking an extra second on to the end of 2016. What will you do with yours?

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Video: A velvet-voiced Australian craftsman named Chris is the Bob Ross of clock-making. He shows you how to make a skeleton clock from scratch at home on his YouTube channel, Clickspring. In this instalment of a multi-part series, bask in the close-ups of brass melting away like golden velvet to make shiny washers and screws. They will eventually go into making a beautifully elaborate timepiece. The finished product will be as pretty as Big Ben, if these teeny, tiny, glittering components are any indication.

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Before dot-matrix displays took over the known world, Nixie tubes — glass lightbulbs containing light-up tubes for the digits 0-9 — were the best way of displaying changing numbers. One designer had the bright idea of taking the Nixie tube technology (and bulbs), and building a surprisingly beautiful analogue clock.

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Most people would feel they can count on one day comprising the same number of hours, minutes and seconds as the next. But this isn’t always the case – June 30 will be a second longer this year with the addition of a leap second, added to reconcile the differences between two definitions of time: one astronomical, the other provided by atomic clocks.

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Briefly: Of all the exclusive Star Wars Celebration merchandise revealed over the past week, this Salacious Crumb hanging wall clock has to be one of the most unsettling. The character was seen hanging around Jabba the Hutt's palace in Return of the Jedi, and its time-telling doppleganger presumably has moving eyes and a swinging tail like most animated clocks — except this one is just a little creepier than most. OK, a lot creepier.

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In the world of watchmaking, MB&F has always had a soft spot for creating the occasional mechanical marvel that can't be strapped to a wrist. Such as the company's latest creation, a robot named Melchior that can't vacuum floors, clean windows or open doors, but can keep track of the time while serving as an awesome piece of eye candy on your desk.

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Maybe the reason you find it so hard to crawl out of bed in the morning is your uninspired alarm clock? Random annoying beeps certainly don't make the thought of facing the day any more appealing, but the sound of Pac-Man desperately trying to chow-down on a pair of terrified blue ghosts? Now that's something to get out of bed for.