World clock signs from Bsign is a consideration of the client’s wishes and requirements, a responsible attitude to work and the shortest possible lead times.
World clock signs — details to keep in mind
The old saying goes: if you miss a minute, you will lose an hour. Apparently, this is the answer to the question — why a person entering the lobby first looks at the clock at the reception desk. Someone has an important meeting, someone has a flight and someone is just curious: what time is it in the other hemisphere, where his home or work is. Therefore, clocks and world clock city signs are modern attributes that are so necessary at hotels, business centres and airports, at bus and railway stations. Moreover, clock signs play the role of not just a functional interior detail, they are a part of the image of a company or institution.
In most cases, several clocks are placed on the wall near the reception, displaying the exact time of a certain region, and under each clock a corresponding clock sign with the names of world capitals: London, Moscow, Tokyo, New York, Berlin, etc.
Both the clock and the signs underneath should be in the same style. It is important that the interior decorations fit into the design of the room, complement the overall conceptual idea.
How and when did the idea for clock signs come up?
The tradition of hanging clocks at hotels, showing the time in different cities, came from the railway stations of the 19th century. However, then they showed the time, not in world capitals, but nearby settlements. Passengers and drivers were guided by the time of the city of departure. Three clocks were used to synchronize traffic at stations, which showed:
- time on the train that arrives from the west;
- time on the train that arrives from the east;
- the local time.
As you can imagine, travelling in such conditions was a piece of “pleasure”. Postmen and railroad workers in England decided to put an end to the confusion. So in 1840, London time was introduced at stations and timetables. Quite literally, 8 years later, this principle was used throughout the UK. Almost immediately, the idea was picked up in Europe, the USA and Asia, where they focused on time in the capitals of the world. Actually, that's how dials appeared with different local time, and under them - world clock signs with the names of cities.
The best clock sign format or which of the styles famous hotels have chosen?
It is impossible to say that today there are specific trends in the design of the reception: some of the really cool hotels preferred a certain fabulous style with many cute details, others, on the contrary, abandoned it in favour of urban minimalism and restrained avant-garde, while others embodied their ideas thanks to the romance of Provence. But one thing is true: their clock signs are chosen in such a way as to grab the attention of guests. Their design is well thought out and well-integrated into the overall surroundings. For instance, let's take 4 popular hotels in different parts of the world.
Ibis Deira Hotel (UAE, Dubai)
An ultra-modern hotel with an orange reception. When you see it, you subconsciously start thinking about ripe oranges and sweet persimmons. The soul becomes joyful. The hotel management made the right decision to balance the bright and positive design of the reception with an extremely minimalistic stainless steel clock and clock signs. The font used for ‘London’, ‘Dubai’ and ‘Tokyo’ is inspired by Comic Sans. It is from a family of humanistic sans - serif fonts designed by Vincent Conner to mimic handwritten letters in comics.
Allure Resort International Drive (USA, Florida)
The designers who styled this American hotel took a completely different path. The reception here is the embodiment of the rustic style "rich": the wall and the reception are made of material imitating natural wood. The warm shade of the bark emphasizes the milky clock sign. The design of the plate is laconic, no frills. The material is wood.
Hilton on the Park (Australia, Melbourne)
The design of the reception desk of the Australian hotel has many similarities with the American one: wood is also used here. But world clock signs were matched to the style of the clock. The emphasis is on silver-coloured steel products. Designers have clearly demonstrated an example of a successful combination of "warm" wood and "cold" metal.
Hotel in Bhutan (Asia, Paro)
The reception at this Asian hotel is decorated in a traditional oriental style with colourful murals. The furniture and details are made from natural materials. Clock signs on a wooden base with acrylic letters harmoniously fit here.
The subtleties of choosing clock signs
Our advice is to contact small manufacturers of interior decorations, where the manufacture of world clock signs is carried out manually, taking into account the individual requirements and wishes of the customer. Such handmade products are noticeably different from industrial ones, they are unique. We recommend that you take into account 3 important factors.
Among the huge variety of materials, the following have proven themselves in the best way for the production of clock sign:
- acrylic glass (acrylic);
- stainless steel.
Natural wood is the trend of 2021. Since Scandinavian interiors and eco-style designs are especially popular, wooden decorations will continue to be in demand. The main thing is that each piece of wood is polished and painted by hand. This preserves the texture of the material, which looks more attractive than spray-painted products.
Also, for clock signs, a special type of plastic is often used - acrylic of different colours. This is a rather expensive and beautiful material that is durable.
Stainless steel is great for more than just facade plates. It is a versatile material. Thanks to its silvery sheen and laconic design, the steel clock sign is suitable for almost any interior.
The manufacturing process usually includes 3 stages:
- Laser cutting — a layout is created where elements are formed depending on the material. Then they are transferred to laser cutting. This is how the basis for future plates, as well as volumetric elements (numbers, letters, logo), is made.
- UV printing — an industrial printer prints several elements at the same time. A special paste is used for the durability and stability of the print. To create an interesting volumetric image, paints of different colours and shades are used.
- Assembling the product - all parts, base, numbers or letters, are glued by hand using a special stencil.
In the end, the finished world clock signs are treated with cleaning agents to remove the smallest dust particles and packed.
The most popular are 2 types of fastening:
- Double-sided tape is a simple and easy method used to attach the clock sign to a flat and smooth surface. It ensures a secure grip. The adhesive tape does not damage walls and can be removed at any time.
- Remote holders used in cases where clock signs are heavy. These can be steel products in A3 format, for example. The holder can be fixed to an uneven wall, which is designed with decorative plaster or structured material.
For fastening very large and massive plates, stainless steel pins are used, which are mounted in holes in the wall, pre-filled with silicone-based glue.
Clock sign from Bsign — high quality, stylish, reliable
Our world clock signs are handmade. Using acrylic, wood and metal, we cut parts on a CNC laser machine, apply durable, permanent UV printing, assemble and paint all components by hand. In addition, we can add a logo, tactile braille (ADA) or QR code. You can choose any image or geometric shape. We offer over 25 unique designs specially developed for popular and modern interior styles.