The Cronotime table clock is manufactured by Alessi after a design by the deceased designer Pio Manzù. Manzù especially caused furores with his designs for the car industry and also Cronotime possesses a dynamic shape.
The bent and compact corpus from Cronotime seems to come out of the surface. Initially it might look like a toy, but it will soon prove its usefulness. Both parts of the housing are movable and can be opposed peripherally, cleating different housing forms, so that the clock can be turned to every perspective. The favourable inclination of the dial can furthermore be adjusted by an additional movable ring of the surface; the numbers themselves are clear and visible all the time.
The original design was created in 1966. The Fiat-Workshops sent the table clocks as annual gifts at that time, and therefore Pio Manzù designed them. Produced by the Milan company Ritz Italora at that time, the publicity-gift reached popularity fastly. Since the technical and formally humorous solution of a table clock as Fiat-gift became that famous, the Italian goods-concern La Rinascente decided to include the clock in its program and with it, helped it to become successful. The small table clock is produced by Alessi today, in a revised second edition out of ABS-plastic.
The Cronotime table clock is available in further colours.