Turbine LED Watch Design

(English) Design submitted by Peter from UK.

Peter figured out a way to tell time using an image of a jet engine.

To tell the time, you simply pull the cord out of the bezel.  This spins the turbine blades.  The kinetic energy created powers the LEDs mounted on one of the blades which creates the illusion of the time floating in mid air.


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113 Responses to “Turbine LED Watch Design”

  1. avatar WongFong より:

    i would buy this asap if this was real. make it happen PLEASE

  2. avatar Adam Rose より:

    I want now this is epicness

  3. avatar Heather より:

    I like it, Peter. Very cool idea…I had wanted to find a way to apply the same idea (spinning LEDs – I have a toy that can show Happy Birthday when you spin it – that’s what gave me the idea).. anyway, i didn’t find a way to make it work. Yours is very neat. Pretty cool-looking. Not feminine enough for me to wear myself, but 5* for creativity and a nice visual! ;)

    • avatar Pete より:

      I have done two watches based on this principle. If you like this check out Sputnik on my fb page (PF Design) click on my yellow name to go straight there, it maybe more suitable for a ladies wrist. Thanks for the comment! :)

  4. avatar Maybe Brian より:

    HOLY **** thats cool

  5. avatar mushy より:

    I’m blown away and definitely a fan. 5* and yes. I think I’d like 4 of them: one to go on each wrist and ankle so I could be a Peter Fan. :) Keep ‘em coming Pete!

    • avatar Pete より:

      hahaha thank you Lloyd, if you had four how would you pull all the cords at the same time? Thant would make a good youtube video! hehe “Peter Fan” hehe I forget you like the odd pun. Thanks a lot Lloyd! ;)

  6. avatar Patrick より:

    Pete, I have a graphic collusion and project a little “crazy” attract me.
    5 * and bound Yes
    Now, as usual, I would like a metal version of this wonderful project, please Pete?

  7. avatar Firdaus public より:

    Not new idea, but great you bring it into wrist watch. Pull the cord to spin the turbine, sounds interesting compared to spin it using electricity which consume massive power. This is real gadget and will be hot cakes sold at thinkgeek. Cheers!

    • avatar Pete より:

      Yeah the principle has been used for years in clocks, usually with a side to side movement, that was why I was confident it would work in a wrist watch. It would be nice if the power could be supplied kinetically and the pulling of the cord is more user interactive than just pressing a button. Thanks for the support! :)

  8. avatar Pete より:

    Thank you TF for adding this design to your blog! :)

  9. avatar Alain より:

    Alors la, pour en mettre plein la vue à ces Amis, c’est Surper,:-)

  10. avatar Samukun より:

    I see this watch spreading on the external websites like a virus. It’s fantastic!

    + this time literal is perfect. The turbine theme is visually and practically translasted perfectly into a wrist watch
    + the cord pulling. It’s a cool gesture on one hand. On the other hand it’s a preferable technology, creating light by human power!
    + the glossy white. Oh yeah, this airplane feeling is welcome

    You maybe need a covering glass or you might puree insects ;)

    I’m all excited about this one. It would be (or already is?) a joy for TF to do research for this I think. It’s really a wonderful example of an unusual watch. 5*/YES without any hesitation. Good luck to you Bro!

    • avatar Pete より:

      Im going to put this comment in my scrapbook! hehe
      Yeah I think a glass cover would be sensible!
      It also looks quite nice in polished aluminium and stealthy black too, kinda of a retro feel
      I hope your right about it being featured on other blogs, we will just have to wait and see.
      As ever I thank you for your support! Cheers Sam :)

  11. avatar CLP より:

    Wooooooow! I want one! That is super cool! 5 stars and oh yeah baby!

  12. avatar DW より:

    This is fantastic! TF has to make this. I remember the clocks with this style of display. Its got to be doable. 5* and Yeah!

  13. avatar Grey より:

    Now this I like, clean looking case, dramatic face and optical illusion display! whats not to like! 5 stars and Yes

  14. avatar Arnold より:

    5 Stars ! This is going to make me replace my Breitling pilots watch :)

  15. avatar Gordon より:

    WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!! And I think being able to puree insects would be a plus, maybe you could create a vacuum and suck them in. But seriously nice work 5 * and congrats

    • avatar Pete より:

      but Gordon, George would get sucked in too! hehe
      Its been a long wait for this one to hit the blog, seems to being well recieved so far which is nice.
      I thankyou for the comment on the all important stars! :)

  16. avatar NL1 より:

    Damn Pete you are hyperproductive. A watch a day ? ;)

    Good idea to rethink that system, especially with the turbine theme.
    The shape is really original, and +1 for the energy saving. congrats !

    • avatar Pete より:

      hehe, when I started submitting concepts to TF for the first couple of weeks I was litterally submitting a concept a day. I have slowed down a bit since then trying to improve the quality.
      It would be nice for this design to be fully kinetic, I dont know if this is something TF have looked into.
      Im glad you like it, thanks for the positive comment! :)

  17. avatar Mystery800 より:

    are the blades covered by glass or some kind of wall? or are the blades dull? if no to both of these, this product could become a hazard and a threat to children that may want this product, if made in small sizes. all the kid would have to do is get their hair,clothes, a object that will become like shrapnel, or in some other cases, their finger stuck in the watch. please consider this.

    • avatar Pete より:

      This is only a concept at this stage and I haven’t included glass on the model. If this concept were to be developed I imagine the turbine blades would be fully enclosed with glass front and back. Thanks for the feedback Mystery! :)

      • avatar Mystery800 より:

        no problem. just putting it out there so no bad things happen and/or you guys get shut down somehow because of it. dont want it to happen.

  18. avatar Ken より:

    my god i just bought my kisai RPM if this comes out i think i will buy this as well!

  19. avatar Samukun より:

    Ow come on! 116 shares in less that 24 hours but a 3.6 rating? Even optimistic Sam see’s that’s wrong. It was 4.0 six hours ago, even that was already underrated. I’m normally pretty quiet about this. If it where one of my watches, right now, I would just say ok, interesting, I’m not superman, can’t please everyone. I need to say SOMETHING now. At least for the protocol. I didn’t expect the mean forces we talked about that strong Peter. Noone can erase the likes and the comments and I still think this design will eat up the external blogs too.

    Turbine watch!!! Woooooooshhhhhhhhh (airplane passes by the houses of the downraters and takes some windows as souvenir)

    • avatar Pete より:

      Hi Sam,

      3.6 is a bit disapointing, and seems to be rather contradicted by the comments and shares.
      It is hard to believe this landslide is purely down to peoples honest opinions!
      Like you say hopefully the external blogs will support it and add to the lack of continuity!
      I as always hope that TF see beyond the scores anyhow. I as ever appriciate your support and opinion Sam! :)

      • avatar Firdaus public より:

        If you need some herb for anti depression let me suggest you holy basil.

        • avatar Pete より:

          To be honest Im finding it more comical than depressing. Anyway 3.6 is a good score for me when you see how many 2s I’ve had for other designs! lol
          Thanks for the comment Firdaus :)

      • avatar Tim より:

        I am sure they look beyond the scores as it’s easy to change your IP. Any idiot can look beyond this and I am sure TF is not dumb. I have seen some numbers that for sure look like they have been messed with. Not pointing any fingers but just take a look through the blog!

  20. avatar Fatalexception より:

    I have the so called “instant get” feeling! Let me order one ;-)

  21. avatar Karl より:

    Nice watch with the idea of a POV display! 5*

  22. avatar Twix より:

    This watch is pure genius. It’s an incredible and unique design. I’m curious though instead of a pull cord, what about a **** you can crank/rotate to get the blades to spin, similar to a wind up toy? Wonderful watch!

    • avatar Pete より:

      Yeah a crank handle would also work nice, Also a lever would work nice. I like the idea of the wearer being more involved than just pressing a button. The only advantage of the cord is that when it is in the fully home position the **** could be used for setting the time etc. Id be open to changes to these details if TF wanted to develop it further.
      Thank you for the feedback Twix (great name btw) :)

  23. avatar Jayne より:

    My fella would love this, I would buy this. J

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  25. avatar Joshua より:

    I hope a deisgn for left handers like myself wold be made. Great design!

    • avatar Pete より:

      You make an interesting point, maybe the rip cord just needs rotating 90degrees so when you pull the cord you pull it towards you, then it would be non-handed. Thanks for the feedback and the comment Joshua! :)

      • avatar Pete より:

        If you like this check out my Sputnik concept on my FB page (PF Design) click on my yellow name to go straight there. Sputnik uses a similar principle but in an analogue style and the rip cord is facing the user so again it is non-handed.

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  28. avatar Alexander より:

    Kinetic, extreme! I want this watch, and the similar one: http://www.tokyoflash.com/blog/2010/11/motion-concept-watch-design/

    • avatar Pete より:

      I hadn’t seen Laslo’s before, it is cool.
      I’ve even used the same font, mind you its the only digit style one I got.
      I’m glad you like, thanks for the comment! :)

  29. avatar Samukun より:

    Two weeks left. Look at the success the watch had in the first two weeks. The 3.6 aren’t justified. Yes, I’m talking to the one(s) who rate(s) down here and on other designs again and again. You cannot take away the success of this design. You are wasting your life, you know it. You are a little sick, if you gain pleasure from devaluing other people’s work. Maybe you’re jealous, but this bad karma won’t bring you success anywhere. Stay away from the blog if you haven’t any constructive contribution to share.

  30. avatar Lance Davis より:

    I love the clean THX-1138 look, but I’d love a cold, gritty, steel, terminator styled version. They used my favorite jet ever, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, in Terminator: Salvation and the this reminded me of the turbines on the A-10 and the futuristic red light elements of the Terminators (red vision, LED’s, etc.) Put the gritty chrome/steel elements of all that skyNET stuff and the A-10′s together and I’d love you forever.. no h0m0… you gotta pay first. :P

    • avatar Pete より:

      I glad you like it, click on my yellow name to link to my FB page, there is a stealthy black version and an aluminium coloured one.
      I agree a dark and moody terminator stylie would be super cool!
      Thanks for the Feedback!
      Oh I forgot my wallet sorry! hehe

    • avatar Pete より:

      If you like Terminator inspired watches, check out my Hunter Time Killer (on page 3 now) its no longer live but you may find it of interest! :)

  31. avatar Timmy D より:

    Please make this watch!!! I love this concept and I am sold. Please make this in a flat matte black with red leds. :)

    • avatar Pete より:

      I did a gloss black one which is on my fb page (PF Design) click on my yellow name to check it out. A matte black version would work too. Cheers for the feedback! :)

  32. avatar Fr0zen より:

    A very unique idea indeed…da analoguez and da digitalz…n even da LED watchez are (somewhat) something I can safely say that we’re (almost) “used to” now…da idea of makin da time “float”…superb! I’ve seen something similar a looooong time ago…where da person used a motorized fan that’d display specific text once da fan waz spinnin at full speed n I thought it waz a pretty cool gadget…n now a watch that displayz time in da same fashion iz just “thinkin out of da box”…However, I would suggest something to be done about da cord…I don’t think many of us would like to pull da cord every time u wanna see what time it iz…n may be add a feature or two…like da date or date and day may be..Overall, good idea :)

  33. avatar Fr0zen より:

    Oh…one more thing…I think u should add something to cover the bladez..probably not glass on both endz..az that might create a problem..may be a foggy effect…so may be something like a mesh…may be at da back or on da sidez…to help releaze da air ;)

    • avatar Pete より:

      Hi Fr0zen, thats a comprehensible amount of feed back! The extra features would be not problem, date, animation etc. It would be possible to do away with the cord and power the blades electrically, but this will use a lot of power hence the reason for the cord. Alternatively it could be a lever or a button you “pump” to spin the blades. I think that if it were developed it would be necessary to have a glass or like you say mesh cover to stop things getting into the blades. You might be right that it may need a mesh or vents on the back to allow any pressure built up by the blades to escape. Thanx for da comment! :D

  34. avatar Timmy D より:

    If this watch gets approved I want to custom order one in a matte black finish. I don’t care how much it cost. Love this watch design

    • avatar Pete より:

      Hi Timmy,

      Im sure if TF develop this design they will proabably do more than one colour, matte black may well be an option. Fingers crossed! x^^x
      Thanks for the comment! :)

  35. avatar Samukun より:

    Epic, Peter. Great concept. Great comments. Great external shares. It’s clear, the people love it. I hope TF will have fun with it :D Good luck for that!

    • avatar Pete より:

      Thx Sam, yeah Im really pleased with the way it has been recieved, its had some really positive comments, plenty of shares and done the rounds with the external blogs. Its certainly been my most sucessful design so far.
      I just hope its viable enough for TF to consider developing it further. Cheers for the support Sam! :)

  36. avatar Pete より:

    The computer tells me this RIPs very soon. So I will wrap things up.

    This design has been really well, its had loads of really positive comments and has featured on plenty of external blogs. The score is a little dissapointing but hopefully TF will see past that.

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote, comment and share.
    Thanks to the blogs that featured this design.
    And of course thanks to TF for adding this design to the blog.

    Kind Regards

    Pete from the UK :)