Design submitted by Peter from the UK.
I wanted to come up with a very simple LED watch that uses easily recognizable digital numbers for quick time reading while looking abstract and cryptic the majority of the time.
The easiest way I could think of achieving this is to have the time only visible from a specific perspective. So as the name suggest I used a form similar to a louvered vent. The reason being is that the louvers force you into looking at the watch from a 45degree angle. Looking from other angles just shows an array of lights. The other advantage of this is that the louvres add shade to the display helping in reading the time in bright light.
The time is told by an array of LEDs which are layered out in rows corresponding to the louvers.
These LEDs display the time in a digital format when looked at from a 45 degree angle. The date would also de displayed in the same way. The LEDs also lend themselves to various animations and modes such as always sporadic mode which displays the time at intervals to save battery life.
The form is inspired by an industrial product and therefore retains that industrial but futuristic look. Other types of grille could also be available, which could be interchanged to give the customer an element of customization. These elements should appeal to people who like stark, industrial, rugged looking products, or cylons for that matter.
This design should stand out due to its simple industrial form, its clutter free look and slim line proportions. The simple LED display is easy to read and manufacture.
Also this concept could easily be retro fitted into existing watch housings which would increase the viability.