REVIEW: Pope Pius Clock

Mr UPS’s brown truck pulled up today with a big box, wherein I discovered my new Pope Pius clock.

At the time of this writing there have been 12 Popes Pius, handy for the crafting of a clock.

The great Vincenzo, official WDTPRS photoshoper, put one together and it is nice.

The background is like parchment with a watermark of the papal keys.

I got the large wall clock.

This CD gives you a sense of the scale.

On the wall over my desk area.

I do have one small complaint.  When the clock arrived, I noticed right away that the printed paper faceplate under the clear plastic cover, behind the clock hands, was not flat and smooth and flush.  Thus, the hands probably would have been impeded.  I therefore had to do some surgery on it before plugging in the included battery.  It wasn’t hard to remove the clear plastic dome.  I used little pieces of sticky tape under the printed faceplate to make it adhere and lie flat and then replaced the cover.  No problem.  This problem might have been caused by transport, or changes in humidity, etc.  

I encourage you to check out Vincenzo’s online Pope Pius Clock store and give him the business.  Vincenzo has often amused us here with his good humor in the images he has created and posted in comments.  He has been of help to this blog with some graphics work.

We can’t know if we will ever see a Pius XIII.  Until such time, the Popes Pius are serving in yet another role.

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  1. doanli says:

    That’s very cool, Father!

    I’m sure Pope Pius is smiling about it too. :)

  2. irishgirl says:

    I love it-another ‘home run’ from Vincenzo!

    Now we’ll see this whenever the ‘Z-Cam’ is focused on your office!

    Very cool indeed!

  3. AnAmericanMother says:

    This is a hoot!

    Noticed immediately the David portrait of Pius VII and the Batoni of his predecessor Pius VI — both suffered so much from the high-handed Bonaparte.

  4. Scott W. says:

    I wonder if I could get an Alexander VI clock with some pirate ships on it. :D

  5. New Sister says:

    Nice piece – like your Vatican wrist watch!

  6. Vincenzo says:

    Father Z, I thanks for the review! Looks like it arrived fast. If there are ever any problems, Cafe Press appears to have a good exchange policy.

    AnAmericanMother, here’s a close up of David’s Pope Pius VII: My intent was to make the clock appear to be an antique.

    It’s funny that you brought up that particular portrait, as I just made an experimental animated Flash version of that image from the clock with Pope Pius VII singing “We Will Rock You.”

  7. alipius says:

    I am speechless!
    This is such an awesome idea!
    If there ever will be a Pius XIII we will just do the math and give the day 26 hours, which opens up nice opportunities for a Pope-Leo-Clock as well!

  8. I love mine! There is a review of it over on my blog. I have a cute cat sitting in the box it came in-
    Father Z can’t compete with that! LOL

    Yes, give Vincenzo the business. He’s a great friend and he could use the bread.

  9. New Sister says:

    Do they make a soothing “tick-tick” sound?

  10. AnAmericanMother says:


    It’s a good portrait – David was an odd bird, and hung out with some pretty disreputable characters [ cough . cough . Marat . cough . cough ] but he knew his craft.

    I like the idea of his singing “We Will Rock You.” Tu est Petrus, and all that.

    Good stuff. Well done.

  11. Jack Hughes says:

    liking the clock Vincenzo, Fr. I like the notice on the chair even more

  12. ala Facebook, “likes this.” Also Jack Hughes’ comment!

  13. lofstrr says:

    That is so nerdy, but in such a priestly way. :)

    I love and this post just makes my day.

  14. Agnes of Prague says:

    That is a-mazing.

  15. Daniel_Nekic says:

    That’s absolutely teriffic!!! I’m now sorry I bought my Dies Irae clock from the CMAA… When I am no longer a poor uni student, I will be sure to purchase myself one!

  16. introibo says:

    There are bird clocks, train clocks, car clocks, etc, that make a different sound/song on each hour. So what does this one do? Spew out a famous line from papal encyclicals?

  17. Tim Ferguson says:

    I’m Pius the Twelfth, I am
    Pius the Twelfth, I am, I am.
    I’m the one that the Cardinals voted for;
    There’ve been eleven other Piuses before,
    and ev’ry one was Italian,
    not one from Patagonia or Annam,
    I’m the twelfth good pope named Pius,
    Pius the Twelfth I am.

    (second verse, same as the first…)

  18. Athelstan says:

    Hello Introibo,

    Rumor has it that at 10pm, it recites the Oath Against Modernism.

  19. Vincenzo says:

    “There are bird clocks, train clocks, car clocks, etc, that make a different sound/song on each hour. So what does this one do? Spew out a famous line from papal encyclicals?”

    One of my friends is waiting for one that says “anathema!” so she can give it to her protestant in-laws.

  20. irishgirl says:

    Tim Ferguson-oh, that’s funny!

    [I can just hear Herman’s Hermits singing this….yeah, I’m showing my age]

    What does the notice on Father Z’s chair say?

    Regards to artists-I’ve seen a really cool picture of Pius VII in, of all places, the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle. It was painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence. He painted most of the portraits of those who beat the pants off Napoleon!

  21. Jack Hughes says:

    irish girl

    it says Sede Vacante

  22. Give him the business? Ooh, sounds threatening.

    (Yes, I read too many old mysteries.)

    I’ll have to think of a proper recipient for this one….

  23. JimGB says:

    Here’s hoping that, for the sake of your clock’s continued use, the next Pope does not choose the name Pius XIII!!

  24. irishgirl says:

    Jack Hughes-thanks! Very clever! That’s what I thought the sign said-just couldn’t see it too well.

    Vincenzo-I went on the link you gave me. Yep, that’s the picture I’ve seen in Windsor! It’s rather ironic that in a castle inhabited by a Protestant monarch, there is a painting of a Catholic Pope! And it does look like a Titian, a Raphael, or a Velazquez papal portrait!

  25. AnAmericanMother says:

    irishgirl, Vincenzo . . .

    You can take a virtual tour of the Waterloo Chamber here.

    Pope Pius is on the end of the wall opposite and to the right of the fireplace.

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