And so we see how important a timepiece is for the steampunkian gentleman or lady. An alarm clock, judiciously timed to ring when you’re in need of seeing the back of someone, is a very important tool. “Why, the very look of an alarm clock is so boring, it’s alarming,” you say with an ill-designed sense of humor. Au contraire, mon frere! Imagine a retro round alarm clock, but with all the inner guts on display. Gears and cogs in abundance. Enough for everyone! Add some wings on the sides! Why not? In fact, the clock face itself is the important item. Affix it to whatever would look interesting, and seal the workings inside. Perhaps the face could go on a small, wooden carrying case. Stick on a big tuning knob, too. Do you happen to have a small stuffed alligator? Perfect! Put the clock face on it, ala Captain Hook.
How big is your wall? Of course, for an important person like you, time is very important (especially if you find yourself un-stuck in time very often). As with birthday presents, the actual size of the item shows just how much love you have for the recipient, and since it’s for you, the love should be boundless. A giant wall clock, big and round, with hands, numbers and gears is just what the doctor ordered. Do you need to actually know what the time is? Perhaps the clock’s face should be visible, but with certain cutaways to reveal the inner workings. Naturally, you’ll need to know the time in far-flung places, too, like the moon, so more than one clock should be incorporated. Or surround the main clock with smaller clock faces. But most importantly, don’t forget to add plenty of wheels and gears!
Hey, you know that steampunk alarm we were just talking about? Put it on a table. Now you have a steampunk table clock. You’re welcome.
Grandfather clocks already have a steampunk look about them, right out of the, er, bag. With that tall wood casement and finely carved wooden face, what more could it need? Should be obvious. That’s right, gears and cogs galore! And springs! Let’s see the inner workings and revel in the wonders of industrial design! If the casement is large enough, why not cut a hole in the wall and stand the clock in front. Then you can miraculously disappear into the clock and reappear in another room! Or disappear altogether, to the astonishment and consternation of your creditors.