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Taylor Desk Clock – Sleek & Stylin' Time & Temperature

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When you wanted to give a classy man-gift, for decades it meant that the object had to have real wood, chrome and/or brushed metal, angular design, and if at all possible hold a pen. This Taylor clock has “executive gift aisle” written all over it. Given the glacial pace at which men's taste changes, this clock could come from the 60's, 70's, maybe even the 80's. The clock takes a design cue from an airplane cockpit. The three dials measure your day as the hour tolls, the temperature rises, and humidity engulfs.

I like the looks of this U.S.A. made desk clock, but I'd need to restock my office with other sundries that are equally slick. I'm not complaining, though I will grouse a bit about battery installation. You have to unscrew the back of the clock to tip the mechanism out. I had a lot of difficulty adjusting the clock to keep good time, necessitating multiple disassemblies.  Gauges

While the clock inspires admiration from the front, the rear invites scorn. If you're the kind of high powered executive (or dad) who has this on his desk, do you really want the people that come cowering into your office to have to stare at the screwholes? What am I supposed to put back there? Some sort of manly doily?

I think that some man-gifts today still have these aesthetic qualities, but many more don't. Where we once had the warmth of real wood, now we have textured plastic. Replacing metallic angular features are soft biomorphic curves. Aviator inspired analog dials have given away to LCD readouts of the correct time and temperature downloaded from the Atomic Clock. I guess that both devices can measure the beat of time marching on – but at least with the Taylor I'll know the relative humidity and I'll always have a pen

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