Regardless if you call it a meditation on soldering or perhaps an act of craziness, Gislain Benoit’s “The Clock” deserves at least some sort of recognition for its OCD-like organizational neatness.

The self-described “Techno-Logic-Artist” has been working with electronics for as long as he can remember due to a lifelong fascination with the way electronic devices and robots work. Although he has been working on a variety of electronic and robotic projects over the years, “The Clock” is his first “Techno-Logic-Art” piece that was intended to be perceived as a piece of art rather than a functional electronic project.

Designed and built over a 3-year period, “The Clock” is designed to both keep time as well as communicate the vast array of electronic functions required to power a microchip that resides within a wrist watch if you were to place the chip under a microscope.


“For the first time, you can actually see what really composes a digital watch.”

The handcrafted device features a total of 1916 parts that are linked to hold themselves and reveal the complexity of circuitry through solid wiring. Similar to a string of christmas tree lights, every part has its purpose; if you were take out a single part, the entire system will shut down.



“[There are] digital pulses flowing inside every single wire and every single part,” said Benoit. “These synchronized pulses, all intelligently controlled and channeled through every circuit, is a binary “dance” of hundreds of bits of information coming and going from one section to another. All working in unison to display the flow of time.”




Breakdown of Parts:

  • 1161 Diodes
  • 340 Transistors
  • 346 Resistors
  • 60 Red LEDs
  • 6 Magnetic switches
  • 3 Dual digit displays

= 1916 Total number of parts

You can read more about Benoit’s build process as well as check out his other “Techno-Logic-Art” projects over at