What is the Nixie Radian?
A beautiful wall clock designed in the mid-century modern style. The design uses genuine vintage nixie tubes to create a timepiece that is both striking and simple. The center is carved from a solid block of hardwood cherry, engraved and painted with digits, and hand-finished to a soft shine.
How do I read it?
Just like any other analog clock or watch. The fully lit tube is the "long hand" which shows the minutes, and the half lit tube is the "short hand" which shows the hours. The Nixie Radian has a battery backup, so it will remember the time even if the power is interrupted. There are also a few different ticking animations (two of which can be seen in the video above). Or, if you prefer, the clock can show only the hour and minute hands with no other movement.
Setting the time and display is done with two buttons on the back.
Tell me more about the tubes?
The clock uses vintage IN-9 Nixie Tubes. These are "bargraph" style, meaning the length of the glowing section is proportional to the current flowing through them. All of the tubes used are New Old Stock, which is a fancy way of saying that they were made (far) in the past but have never been used before. They should last in the Nixie Radian for many years.
How is it constructed?
The hub of the Nixie Radian is made from 1" thick select hardwood, milled in-house on a CNC router. Then the numbers are engraved and hand painted. The back is cut from 1/4" MDF. After all of the parts are completed, everything is hand-finished.
The circuit boards (which will be fabricated using CircuitHub) mount neatly inside, and everything is closed up and ready to go.
All together, the clock is approximately 15" in diameter.
How do I install it?
The clock hangs just like a picture. It weighs less than 1lb and has a mounting hole to place it over a single nail. The attached cord is 7' long and can hang straight down the wall. That cord plugs into the end of the DC adapter cord, which is 5'+ on its own, so you can easily reach the nearest outlet.
A successful Kickstarter campaign will give early adopters and trendsetters the chance to receive clocks at a much lower cost than the eventual retail price ($495). Plus, you'll receive your clock before anyone else. This is possible because the funding will enable Tungsten Customs to purchase components in bulk for future orders and new iterations.
What do I get for backing?
All of the reward levels starting at $345 get you one Nixie Radian with everything you need to get it up and running (a DC adapter, long enough power cord, instructions, etc.) If you choose the FIRST BATCH level, you'll get yours before any of the other backers, expected in time for the 2015 holiday season. If you choose the CUSTOM ENGRAVING level, you'll be able to send an image that will be engraved on your clock.
All clocks are made from hand-selected cherry, and available in either black or white (numbers & cord). Unless we hit a stretch goal, in which case...
What kind of stretch goals are there?
$20,000: New cord + number colors! In addition to the original black and white, you'll be able to select from red, green, yellow, or gray.
$35,000: New wood types! In addition to the original cherry, you can choose walnut or maple.
What happens after Kickstarter?
Once all Kickstarter backers have received their clocks, the Nixie Radian will go on sale on www.TungstenCustoms.com (and possibly other retail sites) for $495.
Who is Tungsten Customs?
Tungsten Customs is a home furnishings company owned and operated by Jeremy Medow. As an artisan he has delivered hundreds of custom and pre-designed lamps, clocks and pieces of furniture. Tungsten Customs' work has been featured and popular on a number of upscale retail and flash sale websites. Jeremy takes tremendous pride in everything he creates.
The Ultimate Hipster Timepiece
Gizmodo called the Nixie Radian "the Ultimate Hipster Timepiece" - which inspired our newest reward tier:
Get your shirt now - printed on an American Apparel jersey t-shirt in ash grey. Show your support for the Nixie Radian by proudly displaying its oldest ancestor!
Risks and challenges
As with any physical product, delays in delivery of parts could push back the fulfillment schedule.
That said, multiple fully functional prototypes have been created and suppliers are lined up for all necessary components. Tungsten Customs has successfully delivered hundreds of Nixie clocks in the past.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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