(English) Design submitted by Sam from Germany.
Sam’s initial idea was to create an ever changing display which works with interference (short term change coming from the second hand) and color change (long term change coming from the hour and minute hands). Halftone is actually a technique used in printing. It works like an LED screen – it simulates any color by just using a few. The difference from a LED screen is that it’s not limited to a rectangular grid. The few colors of cyan, magenta, yellow (and black too) are applied in tiny dots. From a certain distance, this dot pattern cannot be seen anymore and the basic colors seem to mix to the final motif.
The Halftone watch is an analog watch with three superimposed colored layers which work as watch hands. Each color has a sharp edge and a metal dot which represents the actual watch hand position. Behind the sharp edge the colored dots get smaller and smaller within 360° until they are gone which creates a fading color density.
The different orientations of the watch hands and the different densities of each color create many different interference patterns and colors so each time you look at the watch, it surprises you with another image.
This watch design has a sober and neutral case which makes the watch wearable with different clothes.