Telling Time on the Dot: Cool Futuristic Analog-Style Watch
The ultra-minimalist Dot Watch designed by Samuel Jerichow is like a futuristic bracelet hiding a fun little secret. The flexible wrist piece is covered with a PVC-based coating, letting a single dot permanently stick up in the middle of the display area.
When you press the dot, two other dots appear like magic. Their positions on the wrist band represent the time, just as they would on a watch with a face. Of course, it takes a little imagination to picture the numbers on that blank expanse on plastic.
After five seconds, the hour and minute dots disappear again, retreating into their hidden spaces within the machinery of the wristband. The Dot Watch is strictly conceptual at this point, suffering – as many cool-looking concepts do – from a lack of suitable existing technology.
Analog, Digital, Mechanical: The Watch That Has it All
This amazing watch has a few qualities you don’t see every day: digital time displayed in an analog, mechanical fashion; exposed gears and sprockets; and an understated industrial kind of vibe. Designed by French designer Francois Quentin, the 4N Watchis an extremely slick design, but it maintains a rough, almost industrial sensibility.
Operating on three different dials, the numbers that make up the time rotate and meet up in the middle inside a yellow highlighting box. The numbers look like a digital readout, but they are in fact printed on the discs which are constantly rotating.
The watch seems to be pretty high end, with the dials being made of either aluminum or titanium and the housing being produced in either 18K white gold or platinum. The band will be offered in a variety of materials, but only a total of 16 pieces will be produced in each model type. Expensive, exclusive and extremely stylish? We definitely want one.
Antique Watch + LEDs = Stunning Steampunk Pocket Watch
We’ve seen plenty of new gadgets masquerading as old ones, but none of them have achieved the feat quite as gracefully as this one. Paul Pounds took a broken antique pocket watch, gutted it, and replaced the display with a custom face and LEDs in place of the second, minute and hour hands.
The result is a gorgeous timepiece that is functional and delightfully retrofuturistic. A cell phone motor vibrates each second to produce an audible “ticking” sound as the LED representing seconds moves around the face of the watch. The design juxtaposes the comforting, familiar sound of the ticking with the futuristic electronic look of LEDs.
The watch’s new features include an optical sensor that will dim the lights when the watch is opened in low light to avoid blinding the user. While this version is absolutely beautiful, Pounds is already making plans to remodel another old pocket watch into a 21st century version.
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