(English) NU watch concept with a geometric twist.

(English) Drsign submitted by Sam from Germany.

Sam says: The idea of the NU watch concept is using a simple geometric twist to create a minimalistic analog watch display. I was playing around with positive and negative space that’s been taken away from or added to the watch face.

After some sketches I came up with this ramp, that cuts out the hour hand below zero level and forms the minute hand above this level.

The display is surrounded by a conoid ring that causes the hour hand to be shorter and the minute hand to be longer as we are used to with traditional analog watches. The ring can be illuminated for night time readability. I kept the geometry as simple as possible but couldn’t resist to give the side button a conoid shape too.

Pressing the button illuminates the before mentioned ring. Pulling the button enters setting mode. The NU is a timeless and stylish watch for minimalists who like to mix tradition with a modern look.

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40 Responses to “(English) NU watch concept with a geometric twist.”

  1. avatar Pete より:

    Beautifully minimallistic work Sam, not too much not to little.
    Wish it was mine, both from an ownership perspective and a designers perspective! 5/Y :D

    • avatar Pete より:

      Just for a sense of balance: this design is made epic by Sam’s sense of style, the quality of his renders and his presentation. I wonder if I would be as enthused if this design was done by someone with less cad skills or access to basic packages. Or if was more a text described design. The presentation here can make all the difference. I hope that I and others do see the potential in the less well presented posts. I’m sure TF do where we might miss it!

      • avatar Anders S より:

        Hear hear! A slick presentation always hits harder, but I think one really should take the time to look at the less polished ones, to make sure you rate the idea, and not the images… What Pete said, basically…=)

      • avatar Samukun より:

        Yes :)

        A good look can’t hide a weak idea while a less professional look can still be an outstanding idea.


    • avatar Samukun より:

      Thank you Pete for this comment! Hehe, good to view things from different perspectives :D I know which watch I own soon. Congrats to the Blade watch Pete!!!!!

  2. avatar Firdaus R より:

    wow. this watch is super amazing. this is what I can say; truely art, or rather, simply artisctic.

  3. avatar Nev より:

    I normally want markers around the edge to be able to read the time accurately, but I think that might spoil to look of this fantastic minimalistic watch. I hope TF make it just as it is. 5*/Y

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Wise words Nev :) Maybe the light can be divided so it could work as indicators when the button is pressed. I had this idea for my Missing Link concept a while ago. There would be more accuracy without disturbing the look of the watch. Thanks for telling and supporting Nev!!

      • avatar Nev より:

        Just checked Missing Link and I agree that the same concept would work. However, I think I prefer it without. Either way, I want one!

  4. avatar Dzigi より:

    Great design, I love it. But, Nev is right with markers. I think it would be easier to read the time if you could fit into design. 5* anyway. Cheers!

  5. avatar Patrick より:

    Hi Sam, a watch minimalist must remain minimalist until the end, therefore not of additional reference marks of reading, for me.
    5 * / Yes. I like what is minimalist.
    Wunderbar Sam !

  6. avatar pawel より:

    I like your computer graphics very much: this matte surface, these details. And I love those details that make the design simple but significant (ger.: wertig). One could make it just a flat circle with an hour hand exceding its edge and a cutaway for the hour hand, but this would be not just simple but also cheap (in a rather negative sense). The logo looks more like ru than nu by the way.

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Hehe, maybe the logo needs some tweaking ;)

      Actually I started with the simple cut out idea you mentioned, then the flat circle got thicker to make it more 3D, more haptic (although you can’t touch it, it’s cool then it looks like the fingers could expereince it). Then I played around with the connection of the highest point and the lowest one. I had a curvy ramp too but I ended with the simple linear ramp.

      Hah, I wrote samething like this for your EDGE II concept. Yeah, some details that let the eye stay a bit. Overall simplicity to not hurt people’s eyes hehe.

      Thank you Pawel for the comment!

  7. avatar dzign555 より:

    Give me one, please!

  8. avatar NL1 より:

    OK I want this one. So simple and yet so special, futuristic and fine.

  9. avatar Anders S より:

    Looks like you’ve done it again Sam…=) Clever, and very simple. Of course I like it, and there’s really not much more to say about it… Good work, and good luck!

  10. avatar gordon より:

    very elegant, i can see this appealing to a large crowd, including me

  11. avatar xian より:

    Very nice, Sam. I’m onboard with this one!

  12. avatar DaZnogoud より:

    Very, very beautiful analog model! Won – der – ful concept. BTW, having the ‘n’ falling into the ‘u’ is a nice feat ^_^’

  13. avatar Ninth より:

    I must say, this is very nice. Not very tokyoflashy but nice on its own. Is there no protection glass on top?

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Thank you Ninth (Doctor?). There is glass but there is nothing distinctive that gets reflected. Sometimes I have a white are there but this time I forgot it :)

  14. avatar Topsider より:

    is on my wishlist now! 5*/Y

  15. avatar alexis jean claude より:

    HUT AB SAM ! ! !
    your concept is very wonderfull, I wish very strong that he comes reality
    I buy imediatly ! Good luck

  16. avatar Peter より:

    You’re quite clever… Where do you get your ideas from?

    • avatar Samukun より:

      I can tell you, the ideas can come from anywhere. There is an underlying fascination for watches, these everyday-objects that change constantly and help us. This fascination lets me see objects in a different way. I’m looking at them asking myself if there is a potential watch concept hidden in it. This is also why the ideas are so diversified. It’s fun ^^

  17. avatar naamy より:

    Definitely would love to own one, maybe additional colours and an animation would be great maybe pulsing to give it a bit more life.

  18. avatar Makkovik より:

    This one remind me of some Movado watches, mainly because without markers it’s as complex to tell the time. But it has a sportier/casual dress code look. I like the dent in the hour disk.