Dot-To-Dot E-Paper Concept Watch Design

Collaboration design submitted by Peter from England and Sam from Germany.

“The idea for this watch design concept comes from dot to dot drawing. These “coded” images have their own artistic appeal and make an interesting display for a watch.The time is told by numbered dots. This might be confusing at first, because the numbers don’t tell the time directly. One quickly figures out that the dots have to be connected to show the four digits of the time display. If there is not enough time or imagination, there is a button for a quick solution. But why not solve it yourself? You can join the dots with your finger thanks to the touch sensitive e-paper display.

The e-paper which reflects the inspiring paper drawings and lets the display look less technical than LCD. It also allows different styles of numbers. There is a bit for everyone here. The display is cyptic, more or less challenging, but easy to decipher. It gives the watch an artisitc note without becoming kitschy. And last but not least, it is unisex.”

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70 Responses to “Dot-To-Dot E-Paper Concept Watch Design”

  1. avatar Laszlo says:

    Hi guys! Nice collaboration. I like (5* and Yes) this interactive concept! It’s really unique. Congrats!

  2. avatar Patrick says:

    Indeed, collaboration beautiful for a beautiful watch.
    5 * / Yes, what else?

    • avatar Pete says:

      I’m glad you like it Patrick, Thanks for the vote :)

      • avatar Patrick says:

        The idea crossed my mind, to work with Sam, you have been right, because I love what he does and I appreciate his comments.

        • avatar Pete says:

          It wasn’t a planned thing, the dot to dot drawings just came up in conversation. Its seemed a nice idea for a watch and the rest happened quite organically.
          I was very flattered and happy to do this project with Sam as I am a fan of his work and his constructive critique.
          The best bit is we are both very happy with the resulting design and hope everyone likes it too. :)

      • avatar Patrick says:

        Congratulations to both, it is successful!

      • avatar Samukun says:

        Thank you Patrick, for your vote and your nice words! You too Pete :)

        Yeah, it was a spontaneous decision that guided us into this collaboration. It was exciting to see this project developing with the each other’s part of the work.

  3. avatar Firdaus says:

    Completely outstanding and eye popping design submission. Congratulation to both of you. Nothing negative to say here except I have a weird feeling and unsure about it, (probably seen on Sam’s page or so) need to confirm it later, but never mind, I love the idea, rendering and all of it. A design from Heather caught my attention on the first page and this one just add to the line. 5* and yes + respect.

    A note: you guys might scare other designers…
    To Peter: This kind of design, very good for you…

    This is good.

    • avatar Pete says:

      This is on the more conservative side for me as you will know from my other submissions, and shows a turning point with my approach to entries for the blog.
      It was a fun project to do especially geeting to work with a ledge! (Sam) He also made me raise my game!
      So hopefully all my future submisions will be of a similar quality.
      I’m glad you like it.

      Thanks for the comment and the vote Firdaus :)

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Thanks alot Firdaus! Good to read your comment.

      Oh yeah, Heather is back!

      Maybe you remember my Polygon watch. That also has a zodiac-ish display.

      To the note: I hope we don’t scare people. I cannot mention this often enough: Kaidoku was a sketch from a boy! Everyone, alone or in a team, 3D skilled or not has a chance. Have a striking idea, be convinced by it, that’s all it needs ;)

      • avatar Heather says:

        Yeah, of course I’m back ;)
        I like this design a lot. It’s a great idea — interactive if wanted/needed, but readable without it — I do think it’s more readable with the classic numbers because people are used to the shape, and I like the look of them better — they match the rectangular display…I like the black display better than the white, even though it doesn’t look as much like writing on paper. The idea of the interchangeable strap parts is awesome. Great job, you guys! An excellent pairing!

        • avatar Pete says:

          The advantage of using the e-paper for the display is that you can choose which colour screen/numbers and the display style. So you can have your preference.
          My personal preference is the black screen with the brushed steel strap and classic numbers (very classic looking), but then I think ummm carbon! to many choices! hehe
          Thankyou for your feedback Heather :)

        • avatar Samukun says:

          Yeah thank you indeed :) Good critical (in a neutral way) review! I must say, I like the metal version most.

  4. avatar Cole says:

    Wow now thats fantastic, critpic but fascinating…you just want to solve the puzzel.
    Looks great and I love the interchangable parts.
    I presume that the e-paper allows you to choose between black or white screen and numbers and the number styles. That really makes it customisable.
    Great work, a fine collaboration! 5* and Yes

    • avatar Pete says:

      The reason we choose the e-paper display is that it gives you the option between number styles and the choice of black or white (or shades of) for the background or numbers.
      I know that TF have not favoured this technology in the past due to its limitations or low resolution.
      I think in this context these limitations are not a problem as any lack in resolution adds to the original theme – dots on paper inspiration. This combined with the interchangable strap parts should make it attractive to more people.
      Thanks for your comment and vote :)

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Thank you Cole!

      Yes, you picked out the advantages of the e-paper! Pete and I believe that this is hard to make, but variety and freedom of expression were convincing in the end. LCD lost it’s advantages after some serious brainstorming. It’s cool you got fascinated.

      About the resolution: I’d like to refer to e-books. Grown technology + made for reading = definitely sufficient resolution. I think the translation into a watch is the problem… although this has been done before. Wherever the obsticle is, this concept needed to be shown with it’s full potential :)

  5. avatar CLP says:

    This is really stylish and I love the clever display, its difficult at first but you soon get used to it.
    I like the fact that you can draw the numbers in or press a button to reveal them when your in a rush. 5 stars and yes please!

  6. avatar Gordon says:

    good work guys, no fair teaming up, lol 5*

  7. avatar Cory says:

    Most original! E-paper plus touch sensitive.

    I like!

    Seems like after a while one would not even need to trace, as you would eventually learn the dot positions. Then you’d look like even more of a wizard when people asked for the time!

    Love it!

    • avatar Pete says:

      Yeah I think your right Cory, it would become automatic after a while like becoming fluent in a language.
      Im glad you like it, thanks for the comment! :)

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Yeah correct! Later you’ll be a pro and see the time right away. We used different styles of numbers to keep the challenge as long as possible. But when the day comes, you see the numbers without solving, you can let the one, who asks you about the time, solve it. What a cool communication starter :D Thank you Cory!

  8. avatar Gordon says:

    watches that make us look like magicians, hmmm i think Cory is on to somthing!

  9. avatar Laszlo says:

    …and the hidden vertically mirrored PF logo on the battery cover! Tiny, cute idea! I like it!!

  10. avatar Dek says:

    Now this cool, very sleek and **** with a clever twist.
    Hurry TF this will make an ideal christmas present! 5 stars and yes sir!

  11. avatar Xenagogue says:

    This watch is truly beautiful. I enjoy the fun of the concept and the unsaturated colors of it, to go with the ePaper. Another serious win for consistent winners.
    5* and Yes. I’d vote more than once, If I could.

    • avatar Pete says:

      Great comment! I wish you could vote more than once! hehe.
      Im glad you like it, thanks for the comment and the vote Xenagogue :)

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Hehe, nice statement Xen :) Thank you!

      Although the rating is decreasing progressively, the resonance seems is pretty good, don’t you think Pete?

      • avatar Pete says:

        I agree Sam, going on the comments rather than the ratings this design seems to be being well received.
        Thanks to everyone who has commented so far! :)

  12. avatar rachid says:

    great concept! great design! 5/ yes you make a good team guys, tf design team have to be jealous about this one ;)
    but i have one technical critic, the band have a very beautiful continuous aspect but unless the watch is made to measure it can’t be done like that or it will pinch the skin, but anyway congratulations guys

    • avatar Pete says:

      Hi Rachid, I’m sure the TF Design Team have nothing to worry about hehe :)
      I anticipate that the main part of the strap connected to the case would have removeable links as per a regular stap. The inner and outer strap parts clip onto the main strap and the ends insert into slots in the clasp. These parts would be made of soft materials (plastic/rubber) with a finish applied (carbon, steels effect etc) and could be trimmed roughly to length, as the ends insert into the clasp the ends would not be seen. (I have a Phillip Stark watch which needs cutting down in a similar way)
      Thanks for the great comment! :)

  13. avatar NL1 says:

    Beautiful !

    I really like the shape of this concept. The idea is original also even if I prefer not to “manipulate” the watch before it tells the time (a matter of taste). But these shapes ! Clean but not too simple, angular but smooth enough, perfectly dosed. The combination of two materials gives a stylish hi-tech feeling. I prefer the classic numbers.
    Just a thing, I’m not sure that the inner part of the strap is essential. It seems not to be visible when worn, it could raise the price and add flexibility problems, given the -stylish, but- really small space between the “links”

    Anyway, beautiful result, I wish you 2 the best with that one.

    • avatar Pete says:

      The laminated apperance of the strap is kinda inspired by the iphone, its got a metal band (chassis) between the two pieces of glass which gives it a high end feel, that is what we tried to do here. I agree you could loose the inner band if it was necsessary to reduce cost or simplify the design.
      Thanks for the critique NL1 :)

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Classic numbers and quick button solve for you then :) The hint about the strap is comprehensible. Thank you very much NL for the detailed review!

  14. avatar AcanthaceousShrike says:

    Uhh where did this masterpiece come from out of a sudden? I don’t know where to start about what I like! Everything has been said already. Now THIS is a watch worth 4.8 and not that boring rectangle counting watch. 4.8, 4.9, or 5.0, yes! But not 4.1. And I guess haters and cheaters are trying to rate it down until they are happy. This is pure creativity, pure passion for design, pure innovation! You cannot deny this. The only bad thing is, it’s just a concept. That’s making me sad.

    • avatar Pete says:

      Its was an interesting project to do, doing a colarboration throws up some interesting ideas and challenges too.
      We were both very happy with the result (which is a bonus) and have been really pleased with how well its been recieved. It did hover in the high 4s for a while before it dropped to where it is now. Hopefully TF will pay more attention to the positive comments it has recieved.
      Hopefully TF will make you happy again! Thanks a lot Acan

    • avatar Samukun says:

      I agree with Pete. Very nice critique! That’s worth more than a decimal place in the rating. Thank you Acan!

  15. avatar Samukun says:

    Not bad for a 4.0 rating :D My 4.8 get less attention outside ;)

  16. avatar Samukun says:

    This looks great! The world knows now!

  17. avatar CLP says:

    Not long left on this epic entry, great work guys! It should have got a 4.8 imho!
    I hope you do another colaboration cos this one is awesome, and I hope TF make it!

    • avatar Pete says:

      Hi CLP,
      Thank you very much, it was a fun project to do!
      Yeah would have been nice to score a little higher but the comments have been excelent, its had a good number of shares and been featured on a number external blogs.
      Thanks for the comment! :)

  18. avatar Pete says:

    Time is nearly up for this entry so I will quicky summerise
    This design has been well recieved, and the comments have been really positive!
    Its been featured on plenty of external blogs and has had a real boost in shares in the last couple of days.
    It would have been nice if it had scored a little higher but the comments make up for that.
    Thanks to everyone who took the time to commnet and vote.
    Thanks to Sam for doing this project with me, it was a lot of fun to do!
    All thats left is to hope its done well enough to be considered by TF

    Kind Regards

    Peter from the UK :)