Give Hexagons A Chance – Digital Watch Design

Design submitted by Sam from Germany.

Sam says: “I thought I would give hexagons a chance this time. I made a geometrically simple case and strap in IP black and let little gaps form hexagons all around the watch design.

The time is told in 4 digital numbers, hours in green and minutes in cyan. Each number is shown by two hexagons. If they are aligned one upon the other, the digital numbers are recognized easily. I offer five reading modes to let people decide, how complicated they want it. Modes A – C show different positions of the several numbers. In modes C and D the several numbers are split up. That means, the two hexagons, which show one number, are separated. I suggest to learn how to read the numbers in normal modes to easily read them in the separated modes. I like the cryptic appearance of the last two modes. Especially for the untrained eye they must look confusing. I integrated the light and setting buttons into the case by using the upper and ower edge hexagons. When pressing the light button, all LEDs light up before they show the time. I let the unlit part flicker, to give the impression of a not properly working neon tube.

This watch design is ideal for the geek within, because it is all about decrypting here. I am using digital numbers, so you actually just have to read the watch – no counting, no calculating. You “only” have to pass the barrier of abstraction.”

35 thoughts on “Give Hexagons A Chance – Digital Watch Design”

1. Ace says:

One of the best designs I’ve seen on the blog so far, and I’ve seen pretty much all of them. I would give it 7 stars if I could.

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2. makino says:

Awesome!!!..love the design but i can’t figure out how to read the time…damn!!

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3. Aphosno says:

lol makino, half of the presentation consists of explanation how to read it!

You did it again samu! I cannot look away :D I would change the modes each day, that’s fun!

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• makino says:

yeah..silly me, but i’m learning ok ;p

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4. chris p says:

I’ve seen a lot of watch designs but none of them have excited me like this one. Tokyoflash, make this watch!

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5. Jordair says:

Took me a bit to figure out, but I see the numbers now!

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6. Firdaus says:

Looks like simplified version of predators watch. Only alien can tell the time with it. Yes we are alien. And I’m too with what Aphosno said: I would change the modes each day, that’s fun!

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7. Cory says:

Very Tokyoflash, Very chic. I would stare at this on my wrist with a good number of endorphins in the brain :)

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8. Beto says:

Sam I always love your designs but this has to be my second favorite after the ITO.
Five Stars and one GREEN YES for you!

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9. Keiron says:

In the past hexagons have been dubbed “the buildable circle”, they also tesselate beautifully, creating a watch that can display any number accurately enough to bed read in a “flash”. Also like the way you can choose to crank up the difficulty level a notch once you get used to it. 5*

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10. Samukun says:

Wow thank you people for you entries so far! I see, mode A can alreadya bit tricky, but even mode E can be done with some patience. Thanks Ace for linking to my still images to clear up things! Makino and Jordair, cool you took some time to learn, hehehe. That is what the people you would show the watch couldn’t do in a short time, so they go like “what? where do you see a 12:59?” ;) Hexagons rock!

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• Jordair says:

:) it’s a very nice design.

I never really thought of the things you could do with hexagons.

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11. logan says:

Hi, Sam. I like the hexagons — they make some digits easier to read than in my Quad design. However, I think the pattern on the strap and face might be too subtle, so that the watch won’t be as interesting as it could be when the LEDs are off. You rendered it beautifully, but, judging from your past designs, I think you could make the rest of the watch as interesting as the LED part.

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12. Richie says:

Cool design! A bit confusing at first on how to read the time, but once you get it, it’s easy. One of my favorite.^^ Well done Sam!

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13. Samukun says:

@ Logan: Heyyy long time no see! Hmhm, yeah I thought this array of hexagons is already pretty much. If I add just a little detail, it multiplies by 40 (or so) and it gets overloaded quickly. The more details a design has, the more it polarizes… I have a more talkative design up my sleeve, just to try it less subtle ;) Stay tuned! I’m open to suggestions anytime. Thanks for your input Logan.

@ Richie: Cool, that’s how I hoped it works! Thanks Richie!

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14. Patrick says:

Hello Sam, I acknowledge again your love for analog watches, but with the peculiarity that disturb the mind wants to read the uninitiated, I love research but I am not impartial, because projects Sam, I still like very much.
5 stars!

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• Samukun says:

Hehehe, thats cool Patrick, thank you!

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15. Scott G says:

Very clever design! I like what you have done here – taken the digital 8 figure and transformed to hexagons – genius!!!!

I’d like to see more colours, but other than that can’t fault it. A design that perfectly fits the Tokyoflash mould.

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• Samukun says:

Hey thanks alot Scott! I made some color variations for you. I am avoiding opposite colors in any of these images. I used white LEDs in the last three :)

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16. Laszlo says:

… the original cuan-green! 5 stars and yessssssssss!

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• Laszlo says:

y :)

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• Samukun says:

Hehehe, good! I like your taste ;)

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17. Mininexu says:

WHOA!!!…my kind of accesories…
Always wished i’d see somthing like that in real life…keep em coming and…messa first byer!!

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• Samukun says:

Hey Mini, thanks so much! I’ll do what I can, hehehe.

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18. Aphosno says:

Great, I came back! I take the red-white version please.

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19. Firdaus says:

RED+WHITE Version FTW! Would like too see green or blue version in silver stainless steel if possible. There is still chance for the rating to up, so give hexagon another chance!

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• Samukun says:

Thank you for your input Firdaus! I made a steel version here. I think, that’s quite nice!

Thanks to you too, Aphosno.

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20. Ferox says:

Very unique. Transferring numbers to hexagons was a great idea. I love how the band retains the hexagons as well. The variations (color and time modes) are really cool. This could have the ability to tell the date (month, day) as well. I would buy this if I could. 5/5

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• Samukun says:

Oh very much indeed, it could also tell the date. That option should be added. Hm, I have a thing for “all around the wrist” concepts. Thank you Ferox, for your impression!

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21. J-NOXXX says:

J’aime beaucoup vraiment tres ingénieux !!! Very good project i love it !!!

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• Samukun says:

Merci beaucoup J!

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22. Samukun says:

I’d like to take the chance to thank all you supporters. It’s really great, you share your thoughts. Keep them coming and stay tuned for more unusual designs! Check my temporary website futurewatches for all of my watches and a preview of the upcoming design.

Sam from Germany

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