Design submitted by Sam from Germany.
Sam says: The inspiration for ZIPR came a long time ago when I was working on a hexagon binary watch concept that used transparent plastic blades to guide LED light. I thought about segmentation and interlocking back then but I forgot about the idea until recently.
I like the look of interlocking segments when executed in a simple way. The zipper look on a bigger scale has a fashionable appeal that I wanted to translate into the straps, the case and the display.
My goal was to create an all-around-the-wrist pattern that makes the watch look cool when off.
When activated, segments on both sides light up to tell the time. On the left side are the hours and the PM indicator. There is space left for a date indicator. On the right side in a different color are the 10-minute increments and the single minutes. So it’s just a matter of counting.
Maybe each third segment could flash to ease up counting or some small indicators could be added. But I liked to keep it smooth and simple on the borders while being mesmerizing in the center.
There is this steampunky ambiguity between the fashion element zipper that bears a slight resemblance to lace on one hand and the technical look of an element that gets repeated again and again on the other hand. The ZIPR is a watch for the moder geeks who like to mix fashion with technology.