(English) Design submitted by Sam from Germany.
This watch concept is inspired the natural play of light and shadow on the surface of Mercury, the Moon and similar celestial bodies. The Saturn moon Mimas and the Deathstar from Star Wars were influencing the display design.The division line of bright and dark side, the terminator, is used to indicate the hours. As it wanders over the surface, the crescent changes throughout the day. The brightest condition, full moon, is reached at midnight, because the night time is mostly associated with the moon. The darkest condition, new moon, is reached at noon. To make the hours countable, the line perpendicular to the terminator, the equator, has been divided into twelve segments.
In reality, close to the terminator, light and shadow indicate the shape of the surface craters. This effect has been used to tell the minutes. A crater is also divided into a dark and bright half but since it’s mostly concave, it shows the opposite shade of the surrounding surface, being clearly visible that way. Both halfs show the two digits of the minutes.
Sam says: Thanks to the strong resemblance between Mimas and the Deathstar, I named the watch Tsukijanai, which means “That’s no moon”. This is what Obi-Wan said to Luke in Star Wars episode IV since the latter one thought, they were following an imperial spacecraft towards a small moon. Obi-Wan responded: “It’s a space station”.
The display has been kept as minimalistic and functional as possible without losing the strong impression of its inspirations. This is a watch for fans of astronomy as well as astrology and of course of science-fiction.