Design submitted by Sam from Germany.
Sam Says: Xtal is the result of some small sketches I made when having lunch. When I looked back at the paper, I liked the initial mystery of the numbers, the simple geometry of the watch and the general edginess of everything.
The numbers are hexagon based. Almost each is derived from the well known 7-segment digits. They don’t have a center segment so they look pretty alien. The 8 is a special number that needed a different transformation. It shares the same characteristical symmetry with it’s ancestor though, which might help memorising it. The biggest mystery comes from the position of the numbers. The four numbers are placed in a row and their lateral corners overlap. Doing so, they look like some indecipherable glyphs, although the overlapping space is so small. One has to keep in mind that there are always four numbers and the overlapping corners mark their ends.
The case is a blank, polished, crystalline shape with a central horizontal edge facing the wearer. The numbers are well integrated in the case by bending sharply around that edge. The area above and below the display is touch sensitive so there are no visible buttons.
Xtal is for minimalists, sci-fi fans and hobby decipherers. It’s a pretty tame watch, until you touch it