The globe rolls on a loop that has been etched into a table. It takes 24 hours to complete the loop. Its position indicates the time.
The table is similar to the artificial landscapes used for train models. People who buy this kind of clock are encouraged to build models of their everyday situations. The globe that rolls through them suggests stability, completion of planned tasks.
Artists create complicated mechanisms that depict themes from mythology or literature. Sisyphos and Sun motifs become popular. Exchanging globes with someone is a sign of high familiarity; taking a globe away, a threat.