## (English) Union watch skips digits to save time.

(English) Design submitted by Sam from Germany.

Sam says: My idea for UNION was to unify all digits of the time display, that are the same, to save numbers and to create an interesting look. For example a 22 would become a big 2. This is where the fun started.

The first big rule here is: read the display like as if it’s a text passage – left to right, top to bottom. It’s not a big deal but has to be kept in mind.

The basis for UNION’s display is the classical digital time display.
a) same digits have been unified into bigger ones while the other digits were rearranged properly,
b) leading zeros have been erased to create a more compact display and
c) tail double-zeros have been erased too, because they are also unnecessary.

Whenever two digits are the same, they result in a single digit with double the dimensions. Three identical digits result in a single digit with triple the dimensions and according to the rule, four identical digits result in a single digit with quadruple the dimensions of a normal number. Same digits aren’t always direct neighbours in the classical display layout but they are now fused into one place. This requires the relocation of the other digits to maintain a readable display.
There are several different display layouts possible – from one number up to four, from a single line that has to be read, up to four lines – each as high as the smallest type of numbers.

To ease up reading, these maximum four lines can be separated by clear gaps or more subtle dotted seams. Once the different sized digits can be distinguished, one can go back to the pure display mode.

I like the different number layouts. Some look pretty scientific and remind of chemistry or mathematical numbers. Sometimes they look like eyesight test images. Of course there are classical layouts too, when no numbers are the same.

That’s it for the display. For the watch I chose a simple geometry and the mirror version of an LCD display, because both together look very stylish. Of course there are different ways possible to present this unusual display in a neutral, fashionable way.

UNION is definitely a watch for geeks. But it doesn’t require much concentration, once the rules are understood. It looks interesting but not intrusive. It just uses numbers in a new way.

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(English) Union watch skips digits to save time., 4.0 out of 5 based on 73 ratings

### 29 Responses to “(English) Union watch skips digits to save time.”

1. Patrick より:

Sam, are you several in research and development?
Incredible!
5 * / Yes.

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• Samukun より:

Thank you Patrick!

Oh, I’m not sure what you mean, monsieur…

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• Patrick より:

Production of ideas is such that for one person is a huge job.
Reassure you Sam, it was a compliment and I really want to wear one of your beautiful watches!

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2. dzign555 より:

Sam, I love this watch. It’s the sort of nutty twisted logic I love. I’ve noticed that many of your designs have a focus on doing something with the digits themselves…representing the digits in an interesting manner. My new ideas don’t really walk down that path!

Cheers and 5*!!

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• Samukun より:

It’s just fun to find a way to tweak the digits. It’s also a nice way to create some confusion but staying relatively easy, once you know the tweaking rule. No counting, no calculating. It’s not the golden rule to do it, but I like it and mostly the people here like it too. DZ, thanks alot for the comment and the vote!

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3. Leonard Lee Kah Khiong より:

So simple, so nice! Like iPod nano! 5 stars!

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• Samukun より:

Hehe, yeah i’ve heard it before. I looked for a simple and stylish watch for the square numbers and this is what popped up in my head Thank you Leo for the support!

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4. Krautesh Vakir より:

Observe if you will, the genius that is Sam This is another top notch design 5/Y

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• Samukun より:

Thank you Kraut for the nice words and the vote!

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5. Pete より:

Nice element digital style with a twist! Nice selection of different display styles! 5/Y

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• Samukun より:

Yeah diversion though-out the day! Each time you look at it, one of 22 layouts awaits you. Some come often, some are rare – more diversion hehe. Thanks Pete, for coming by and leaving some fluff

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6. Heather より:

very twisted, indeed. looks cool, but it’s tricky to read, so it’s not one of my favorites of yours. although that’s not saying much because you have so many that are super awesome. this one is still very good. 5*

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• Samukun より:

Hehe nice Yeah, it’s another approach this time. And it’s just normal to not please with everything. I think it’s not that tricky, but that’s my special designer pesrpective I even found mistakes in the youtube video waaaaa xD Thanks for your words and for seeing the potential!

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7. Samukun より:

I trust Tokyoflash, case closed.

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• Samukun より:

^ Don’t you wonder, this was a response to a spam comment

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8. DaZnogoud より:

Hey Sam,
Woah! It’s a very nice model, the dotted display is… crisp!

Btw, congrats for the OnLine ^_~ it is the 1st for you? I can’t wait for the Tikr or the IIE (for the Camalien I need to be dreaming ^_^)

じゃね

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• Samukun より:

Thank you for the congrats! Yes it’s my first one and it feels so good!

It’s cool you like this one, Daz. Is it good for you to read?

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9. Rob より:

Wow, Sam. That’s a really cool idea on how to display the time. I really like it a lot. It would probably take some getting use to reading it but once that’s down it would be so cool. 5/Y

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• Samukun より:

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10. Trayo より:

If this concept becomes reality, tokyoflash is a little bit richer! Looks amazing!

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• Samukun より:

Hehe, first they get a bit poorer (research, prototypes, manufacturing) and then hopefully a bit richer again Thank you Trayo for coming by and leaving some love.

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11. Samukun より:

That’s a weird way of saying, you love this watch. But thanks.

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12. Firdaus より:

Neat! Casual and geeky! 5*

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• Samukun より:

Short, crisp, credible, TYVM!

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13. Soggymail より:

*Throws money at screen*

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• Samukun より:

Lol xD Portal screens come 2080, but I like the intention. Thank you Sog!

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14. Makkovik より:

Sorry, but that’s a big NO. I don’t like the always changing size and location of the numbers. ( on the other hand, I like the overall look of the case )

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• Samukun より:

Yep, totally comprehensible Makk (I’m always thinking of macaroni…). That the watch’s special and it if doesnt appeal, it shall be that way Maybe lazy Sam re-uses the case for another design in the future

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