Design submitted by Sam from Germany.
Sam says: The idea for a pixely display came while working on another watch. I like pixels so I developed a display, that shows time and date with low resolution numbers.
Imagine the classic 7-segment numbers you know from LCD displays. In this watch, they are pixelated to the max, until they are almost unrecognisable. Almost. The result is a set of numbers made of 2×3 pixels which are still distinguishable by the position and the brightness of their pixels. There are 8 numbers which in pairs tell the current hour, minute, month and day.
The watch itself is held minimalistic. It’s an IP-black band framed by two stainless steel stripes. I chose a metal based watch with a segmented strap to give the pixel display a sophisticated housing. I’m suggesting an e-paper display because that is capable of displaying the different pixel shades (black, white, two shades of grey). E-paper would also allow to implement a learning mode starting with the classic numbers which get more and more pixely until they reach the minimum resolution. The display is covered by glass plate, that’s slightly bumped on its inside, bringing the pixel effect to a hardware level.
This is a watch for artists, minimalists and pixel lovers who like it extraordinary but more sober, less flashing.
Low resolution doesn’t mean low quality. It’s a cool artistic way to describe reality. There are pixels everywhere these days and this concept makes them timeless.