Tempus started out as an idea to create one item that could work as a tool to introduce new clients to the beauty and quality of the lighting creations of artist and designer Ben Rousseau, that perfectly defined his ethos and passion since setting up his studio Rousseau Design, back in 2001.

The personal brief was to create a singular piece that demonstrated his love of uniform repeating geometries, had an aura of something ready to shape the future, yet have the functionality required for everyday modern life.

Using sustainable as possible locally sourced materials, and the precision machines that have defined his work, it needed to bring together the technology and beauty behind digitally controlled lighting with a selection of cutting edge materials that compliment current environments.

Tempus was born.

A time piece ready to change the future of how we view time.

Without numbers or hands, Tempus beautifully presents the time across 12 hours in real time, using a building pattern of light. A signature set of perimeters using 132 channels of illuminating segments over three hypnotic, uniform arrangements. 12 segments for the hours, 60 segments for the minutes and 60 segments for the seconds.

Appreciate time in a new light.

The craft.

Designed and made in the UK.

It is no coincidence that the world sets its time by Greenwich meantime. For the last 500 years Great Britain has been a leader in clock and watch making innovation and design with over 60% of modern day mechanical watch components being invented in Great Britain. 

Our mission at Tempus is to play a part in the evolution of timekeeping devices. We believe beautiful design has the power to redefine our experience of reality. by rethinking our relationship with time through design, we rekindle a love affair with the seemingly ordinary, allowing us to see it afresh and be intrigued and delighted by a newfound way of experiencing the world.

Designed and made in the UK, our timepieces bridge the gap between digital technology, luxury craftsmanship and kinetic art. With a focus on local manufacturing and sustainable materials, our products are designed to encourage us all to live life in the moment and appreciate our time more today than we did yesterday.

Crafting a Tempus Timepiece
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