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Thoughtfully designed for you to savor the beautiful passing of 60 seconds.
Thoughtfully designed for you to savor the beautiful passing of 60 seconds.
43 backers pledged S$ 6,780 to help bring this project to life.
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Chrolo is a 60-second kinetic timer that offers a multisensory experience of time, made using advanced 3D-printing techniques. It is currently being exhibited at Venice Design 2018.

We are sparkpluck, an art/design group based in Singapore. We are bringing to Kickstarter a limited production run of 150 Chrolo timepieces.

Click here for press kit || Click here for experience video

The Product

Tactile experience of time

Chrolo begins with you picking up a ball from its base and dropping it into the top funnel. Through gravity, the ball descends and traces time through a back-and-forth, oscillating movement.

Aural and visual delight

The mesmerizing pendulum-like motion of the ball is accompanied by a hypnotic ticking reminiscent of everyday clocks. After 60 steps, the ball hits a brass bell at the bottom, beautifully signalling the end of a minute.

Modern classic

Chrolo combines futuristic 3D-printing technology with the historic romanticism of the hourglass for a refreshing take on the age-old timekeeping tradition.

Mindful Break

Without the need for electricity, Chrolo offers a mindful break from the fast pace of digital screens and nudges you back into the present at a natural, thoughtful rhythm.

Art for your desktop

Inspired by both nature and engineering, the eye-catching and understated design of Chrolo fits both the home and the office. It is a sure conversation starter and a joy to have on your desk.

The Story

Time has always been a fascination for people across the world and throughout human history. Our discovery began with the observation that the Greek language uses two contrasting words for time, chronos and kairos. We pursued this curiosity and noticed that time is often described through contradictory terms.

Time is both circular and linear, discrete and continuous, subjective and objective. Being designers, we set ourselves a challenge to resolve the shape of time in an attempt to reconcile time's seemingly paradoxical attributes.

After months of development and a fair share of twists and turns along the way, our efforts began to bear fruit. We designed a timer that addresses the conundrums that we have outlined. The timer is helical in shape; it indicates both the passing of individual seconds and one full minute; it keeps accurate time while being human initiated.

Ensuring that the timer works the way that we have envisioned took another few months of engineering. After multiple revisions and hundreds of prototypes, Chrolo was born.

In June, we were invited by Global Art Affairs (GAA) to exhibit Chrolo at Venice Design 2018, alongside 50 international designers from 30 countries in Palazzo Michiel (do visit the show if you're in Venice, it will be on until 25 November 2018). Having received good feedback from both curators and visitors, we decided that Chrolo should be made available to interested buyers.

The Process

Chrolo is made primarily in-house using a 3D-printing technology known as stereolithography, enabling the creation of intricate and complex geometry without the limitations of other traditional manufacturing processes.

Other parts of Chrolo will be sourced from reliable local suppliers that we have already communicated with.

By being highly involved in the production process, we can ensure that our production timeline is closely adhered to and that every Chrolo that is shipped out is of the highest standard. Our commitment to quality also means that we are not able to mass produce Chrolo in large quantities, thus we are limiting our production to 150 sets for this Kickstarter campaign.


Height: 19cm (7 ½")
Diameter: 13cm (5 ⅛")

Materials: UV-cured resin, Acrylic, Brass
Every Chrolo includes twenty 5mm stainless steel balls

Chrolo is fragile and is not a children's toy. It is not safe around young children.


We have 5 rewards for backers to choose from:
1. Christmas Rush(the fastest)
2. Early Bird (the most affordable)
3. Clear Choice
4. Limited Monochrome (the most limited)
5. Double Time (two sets)

Fulfilment Schedule

We have already contacted our suppliers and are ready for production as soon as the Kickstarter is funded. We will begin batch production even before the end of our Kickstarter campaign, as long as we meet our minimum funding goal of $3,600. This ensures that backers who select the Christmas Rush reward will receive their Chrolo on time.

About us

sparkpluck is an art/design studio mediating and meditating on the human experience in a technological age. We are interested in creating interactive experiences and thoughtful objects that relate to zeitgeist.

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Check out our other work on our website.

Thank you

There are a few people that we would like to thank who have contributed to making Chrolo a reality.

Anais, Camille, Micaela and their team at Venice Design 2018, which includes people from Global Art Affairs and Palazzo Michiel.

Chee Keong, Molly, Skye and other friends who have helped in the development of Chrolo.

Our close family and friends who had to endure our long hours away working on this project.

Risks and challenges

We are trained industrial designers who have taken projects from concept to production. We understand the risks and challenges of a product design Kickstarter project and do not take it lightly. Our decision to have Chrolo done mostly in-house and produced in limited quantities underscores our understanding of the difficulty of this process. Between us we have previous Kickstarter experience (and some vicariously through friends).

We have already produced a few pieces, one of which is currently exhibited at Venice Design 2018. Through that process, we were able to dry-run our production and fulfillment processes as we had to ship Chrolo from Singapore to Italy. Additionally, we believe that we have done our homework by contacting suppliers to ensure that we are able to scale into a larger production size.

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