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Object ID #1108968909

This is a Synchron Flip Clock. It was designed by Gino Valle and Massimo Vignelli and manufactured by Solari di Udine. It is dated 1965 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is molded transparent polymethacrylate and thermoplastic, electronic components. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Cifra 3 clock shows numbers on a rotating split-flap system that was developed a decade earlier for the Solari Board, invented by Remigio Solari, as the major display method for arrival and departure times at train stations and airports worldwide. The numbering, in two different fonts for hours and minutes, designed by Massimo Vignelli, appears in stark white-on-black contrast for pure readability.

This object was donated by Robert Greenberg. It is credited Gift of Robert M. Greenberg.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Numechron Clock, ca. 1935
  • 9.5 x 13.7 x 10.5 cm (3 3/4 x 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 in.).
  • Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1994-73-6

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 9.5 × 18 × 9.5 cm (3 3/4 × 7 1/16 × 3 3/4 in.)

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Object ID #1108968909; Designed by Gino Valle and Massimo Vignelli; molded transparent polymethacrylate and thermoplastic, electronic components; H x W x D: 9.5 × 18 × 9.5 cm (3 3/4 × 7 1/16 × 3 3/4 in.); Gift of Robert M. Greenberg; 2017-51-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Bob Greenberg Selects.

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