Monolith – Numbers in Blocks

Design submitted by Sam from Germany.

The Monolith concept started with sketching for minimalistic numbers. I made these slim blocks with different lengths that form numbers in a new way. They look a bit like a barcode or some skyscraper lights. There are no horizontal elements but these numbers work just fine.

For the case I chose a minimalistic, slightly curved shape and straps that follow the curve. I was playing with different materials. The first version of the case is a smooth chrome block. The LEDs are covered by a translucent mirror layer. The carbon straps of this version bring a nice contrast and make the case look more solitary. Another variant is a black steel case with cuts for the time bars combined with a segmented strap in the same material. Also a simple but a more distinct in expression. The third version is an eye catching acetate case with slight grooves for the numbers, clamped by chrome elements that hold silicone straps.

Monolith is pure, simple, minimalistic, geeky and stylish as well.

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39 Responses to “Monolith – Numbers in Blocks”

  1. avatar Samukun says:

    Thank you Toky for posting this concept!

    Hi everybody :) Hope you like this one. More images, more concepts here:

  2. avatar Jarrod says:

    I love the one with the translucent mirror layer.

  3. avatar Laszlo says:

    Sam you did it again a wonderful concept! Good luck for this, I hope that this will soon be added to the collection by Tokyoflash! An monumental YES, and I want a black one for me!

  4. avatar Firdaus R says:

    I like the blue one, it has techno element, minimal, and futuristic! The numbers are excellent! Wonderful work Einstein!

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Thank you Bohr ;)

      Ow cool, then we have all variants as favorites among the people here!! *whispering* The blue one looks even more screamy on the computer at work.

  5. avatar Patrick says:

    OK, for me that will be the first version. The mirror effect makes it possible to carry all the styles of clothing.
    5 * / Yes.

  6. avatar mushy says:

    It’s easy to read Sam and the graphics are great, but I’m not that excited by the numbers to be honest. In fact I ditched this idea myself for that reason.

    • avatar mushy says:

      I dunno if this is of interest to you, but I did the 8 with just 4 vertical lines and just one space on each side. I still gave it 4*.

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Hi Lloyd, thanks for the insight :) The 8 you are suggesting is also cool. Maybe the better alternative. The only negative point would be, that it can’t be done with the current LED configuration – it needs another one. Hehe I’m all excited about the numbers because they are so futuristic! I was trying to make a typeface with it but some letters can’t go with only two lines to I’m taking a break for rethinking.

      • avatar JP says:

        Just chipping in here.

        Both sets of numbers would be cool, but I’m not sure there’d be much benefit in switching it up. These numbers are very easy to read and look great. At most, it would be a negligible benefit to switch the numbering style. I put my vote as 5*/Y for the current design.

      • avatar mushy says:

        Yeah sorry Sam. I realised that just after I pressed the post button. hehe

  7. avatar Pete says:

    Yeah this is pretty cool, great simple numbers with a cryptic twist. The mirrored chrome one for me please! 5/Y best of luck! :D

  8. avatar dzign555 says:

    This rocks – so easy to read the numbers, and so stylish. Samu kun is at it again with the numbers! 5/y

    Ditorikku kun

  9. avatar Keiron says:

    Hey Sam, great concept. very minimal but still very easy to read, everythng from the name to the animations look spot on!

  10. avatar diclonius says:

    i really like the one that kinda looks like a mirror……my fav for sure.

  11. avatar JP says:

    Oh look, Sam produces a watch design and I want to throw my money at it immediately. Surprise!

  12. avatar Soyel says:

    That’s really an intersting one. I love the fact that you can make pretty cryptic stuff which are actually easy to read once you know how. Still waiting to get news on your ito design >.<

    Bonne chance pour celle là!

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Oh thats nice of you to say. Merci bien!!

      Do you really mean the Ito or the Itozero? The Ito is very old by now. It was my second concept for the blog :) In any case, please be patient. Even I don’t know if the Ito will ever be considered to be made.

  13. avatar belinda says:

    Glad to see you guys out there with a blog, it is all too easy for Microsoft bashing – have done it myself a few times in the past! Couldnt live without Office though & Excel rates in my top ten favourite ever programs – in fact somewhere I still have v 1.01 on Mac floppys!

    Hope you get a positive response – dont think I can look at office quite the same knowing that a professional clown has been involved!!!


  14. avatar NL1 says:

    Good !

    I can imagine myself wearing this in the future. Or at least in a certain vision of the future ^^

    The display is easy to read, but VERY stylish, I like it. (only the black one, but this is personal)

    Well done Sam !

  15. avatar Bryan says:

    Fantastic! I love it!

  16. avatar Makkovik says:

    I love it. I like everything about it, except the acetate version. My fav is the black ss version. ( the chrome would be #1, because it has a wow factor, but I’m not sure about the readability ). 5* ( I would buy )

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Thanks for the comment Makk. Always cool how you think about the concepts :) I think the readability would work good. I have a watch with a mirror face and LEDs underneath and I can’t complain. Good that you found a favorite ^^

    • avatar Makkovik says:

      I would like to change my fav to the golden edition.

  17. avatar Samukun says:

    Thank you all so much for your support! It was fun to read your comments :) I’m glad to see that these minimalistic numbers work fine. I hope they get a chance to become real. *crossing fingers*

    Stay critical but cool.

    My best regards,
    Sam from the future