Design submitted by Peter from the UK.
Peter says: From the beginning of my involvement with this blog I have had a fascination with trying to show the time in 3D. One of my early design that did this was called “Rotor” which had an analogue watch hand that showed the minutes like a conventional analogue watch but the hours were shown in the vertical plane. This works and makes for an interesting concept, trouble is of course that this makes for a clunky form and would be difficult to make.
I started thinking of ways to show this time telling method using a flat LCD. I thought about using a 3D cube grid shape to show the time in two planes but this looked too blocky and convoluted. Then when I wasn’t thinking about it occurred to me that a helix would achieve the same thing but look more organic and elegant.
The time is told by one continuos helix or coil (like a compression spring). The top Coil is made up of 60 segments which describes the minutes, there are 12 other coils beneath. Each of these coils is made of 4 x 15 min segments and takes one hour to complete, equalling twelve hours in total. To read the time you simply read the amount of completed coils for hours and the incomplete coil for the minutes.
This design is very simple yet looks quite complex and artistic which may appeal to creative people. The time telling has a poetic feel which might appeal to the fairer sex. The proportions would be unisex, as is the form giving the design a wider appeal.
The simple complexity of the display sets this design from others, yet is based on tried and tested tech giving the watch viability.
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