"what's the best chess clock in the world?" was a search query someone used on Google this week that sent them to my online shop. They didn't buy (this time!), but it did inspire me to start this blog, answer their question (crowdsource!), collate a few of my old posts and hammer out some new ones... so here goes:
Digital clocks have been with us for a while now, and have become standard in the International tournament world. They are also essential if you want to play with incremental time limits, i.e. you get some extra time everytime you play a move. DGT are the brand I've used, and I believe are the most widespread.
However, I'm not a big fan of digital and prefer a traditional analogue clock. You can't play incremental limits with them, but they do give you immediate and clear awareness of the time you have remaining. Most importantly, if you are buying it for home use, they look so much more stylish. My favourite is the wood encased, large faced, and distinctly east european feeling clock from INSA.