(English) Design submitted by Peter from the UK.
Peter says: Traditional wrist watches tend to tell the time in a very 2D format, I am fascinated by the idea of using 3D to tell the time. I decided to use a sphere as it is about as 3D as it gets, also a sphere is omni-directional which lends it self to telling the time using more than one axis.
I have decided to show 2 different time display methods using the sphere.
The white watch sphere rotates in two directions: the minutes are displayed using the Y axis like a conventional analogue watch, the hours by the x axis. Where the hours meet the bezel (which has the minute markers on it) is the time.
The black watch sphere rotates in one direction using the x axis to display the hours, the bezel rotates for the minutes, where the hours meets the bezel is the time.
This design tells the time in a unique manner and will appeal to unique people. The method is unusual but instantly recognisable and readable. The 3D element should appeal to quirky people who like products that are a little different.
This design literally stands out because of the 3D element. The sphere could be powered by a conventional analogue movement using a simple gearbox or by using two analogue movements, one for minutes and one for hours. Thus making the principle manufacturable.
There is an Animation of the watch in action. [5MB]