There are certain elements of supposed luxury that have passed into the annals of history- crushed velour upholstery, padded landau roofs, and ocean liner-like rides among them. One tradition that seems to have stuck around with herpes-like tenacity is the analog dash clock, an institution of luxury identification that may be found to this day on everything from Chrysler’s lowly 200 to Rolls and Bentley models that most of us can’t afford to so much as look at.
Knowing the time in an automobile can be a useful thing, and in fact with modern technologies we not only can know how long we’ve been behind the wheel, but also the time it will take to reach our destination, calculated with both traffic and global strife taken into account. It’s a simple matter to add local time to the display of a dash-located trip computer or infotainment system, and yet many car makers choose to clutter up the dash designs of their cars with redundant analog clocks as a nod to some supposed classic aesthetic. That of course means that there are two (or more) time devices on the dash, and how annoying is it when they don’t match precisely? Arrgh!
What do you think about analog dashboard clocks, do you appreciate their aesthetic as a icon of luxuries past? Or, do you think their use looks like Betty White at a Jonas Brothers concert?
Image source: Maserati Enthusiasts’ Page