Description from Destes
“Sasa”, in the African Kiswahili language, means “What is now”.
The Sasa Clock™, encourages us to relax and let time flow. It offers us organic time as opposed to atomic time.
The time is read from a necklace of wooden beads placed over a slowly turning carousel. As the carousel rotates, a bead slips down the cord every 5 minutes. The last bead to have dropped indicates the time.
The ceaseless march of time, measurable in endlessly smaller increments, is a western concept. In many parts of the world, time is not parsed into seconds or even minutes. In some places, people perceive time as speeding up when activities speed up and slowing down when its time to rest.
They control time rather than it controlling them.
We also need to slow down and relax sometimes. Sometimes to roughly know the time is better than exactly knowing the time.
In fact, sometimes we need to completely liberate ourselves from the clock. In these cases, simply remove the beads from the carousel and wear them as a necklace.
The Sasa clock is available in 12 hour and 24 hour necklace versions.
The beads on the necklace are colour coded to indicate minutes, hours, and 12:00. As the carousel turns, every 5 minutes a bead slips down the cord. The last bead to have dropped indicates the time.
To tell the time, simply find the gold or silver 12:00 bead that has most recently slipped down the cord. From that point count the number of “hour” beads to find the hour and then the “minute” beads by fives. In the image here the time is 2:25pm. The 24 hour version indicates noon with a gold bead and midnight with a silver bead. The 12 hour necklace indicates noon and midnight with the same bead.