I bought this because I thought the metal case might give a classy touch to a small, ordinary alarm clock. It's actually a lot less robust than I'd hoped... it does look fine from a distance, but I suspect its not going to stand up to much 5am alarm-clock irritation, particularly as the off-switch on the back requires one to be half-alert. The removable case over the hands is plastic, not glass.
It has a discernible tick (of the smooth sort that is quickly ignorable, except perhaps for extremely sound-sensitive people) and I'm mostly happy with it.
In my opinion, it stops just short of being tacky but isn't what I'd hoped for, either; if it was about a fiver, I'd rate it four stars.