| Designbest editorial staff

Cifra3, designed in 1966 by Solari Lineadesign; this is a true icon. Ground-breaking design and technology. Cifra3, is also available in a new charming version in “total black”.

  • What is it? Cifra3 is the rendition of one of the most iconic clocks of the twentieth century. Quadrant with drop-down display.
  • What is special about it? Cifra3 is a true icon of the sixties, still current. Throughout the years, none of its competitors have been able to reproduce the mechanical perfection of the quadrant with drop down display; a real innovation of the sixties.  A cult piece. And it's not a coincidence that Cifra3 is displayed at MOMA in New York, at the Science Museum in London and at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.
  • How is it made? Cifra3 has a simple mechanism; the exact one as the original version of 1966. The quadrant has 4 cards and each card has 10 numbers; each card comes down with exact precision, minute after minute, to make up all the hours in a day. This mechanism was patented by Remigio Solari, precise technology which still today is assembled completely by hand.
  • Who is it by? Gino Valle is an extremely modest designer, who has always shied away from the spotlight. Valle first started his career as a painter and has always preferred drawing by pencil rather than using a computer. He has always resisted “being put in a box”. Shy but even so, a cosmopolitan soul. In his words: “I like to design objects and delete them afterwards, simplifying design to highlight its communicative side”. In fact, we could call him the designer of “invisible objects”, because like he once said “I enjoy simplifying everything, objects which could be found here and there, namely those you could place anywhere”. His style is clean and simple, he is both an inquisitive and extremely cultured soul.
  • We have chosen it because...  This is a true iconic piece, a unique and timeless clock. The tasteful version in black has a lot of charm. This is a refined piece, ideal for displaying either on your office desk or on your bedside table. Cifra3  is for anyone who wants to live in style, without missing a single beat. 
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