As an atomic-age statement, the newest creation by Maximilian Büsser and Friends is acute. As a clock, it’s, well, striking.
The $30,000 Nixie Machine II is a unique vision of steel and electron tubes. Alberto Schileo thought up the incredible initial design for the 1950s retro aesthetic. Looks like it would be right at home sitting on the sideboard of Dr. Morbius’ house on Altair IV, doesn’t it?
After discovering hundreds of unused Z568M Nixie tubes in an old Soviet warehouse, Schileo handed over the reigns to Frank Buchwald, who crafted the unique base and set the vintage Nixie tubes into place in the original Nixie Machine.
This is Buchwald’s second Nixie Machine, and it’s larger than the first iteration, with a steel and brass base, and new tubes made specially by Czech engineer Dalibor Farny. An additional new feature is the Wi-Fi enabled controller that ensures a correct time reading.
In fact, the Nixie II is far more connected than it appears. The lucky owner can control the entire clock from a phone or computer.
Only 12 examples will be made.