Quicksilver LCD watch tells time with virtual droplets of Mercury

Design submitted by Sam from Germany.

Sam says: I checked my thermometer recently (thanks to a summer flu) and and it’s one that works with quicksilver. It made me think about a mirror LCD display that could pretend to be made of quicksilver drops. I decided for a simple analog based digital display. The inspiration came from the observation of quicksilver forming drops before joining a bigger mass of itself.

There are two circles, an inner one and an outer one. The hour is told by a drop of quicksilver sticking to the inner circle. Sometimes there is a smaller drop sticking to it. This is when it’s PM. The minutes are told by drops that stick to the outer circle. The big drop indicates the 5-minute increment and additional smaller drops represent up to four additional minutes. The hour and minute rings are acompanied by brushed metal of the case. The rest is kept black – simple and elegant.

I think the Quicksilver uses the mirror LCD in a creative way that goes perfectly with the basic idea. It’s a simple watch, easy to read, elegant and a little bit geeky too :)

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36 Responses to “Quicksilver LCD watch tells time with virtual droplets of Mercury”

  1. avatar Nev says:

    Looks great, Sam.
    The time reading is so easy that it doesn’t need any markers on the case, which would have spoilt the appearance.
    Just wondering if some droplet animation would be possible before displaying the time.
    Definitely 5*/Y

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Thank you Nev! I think an animation is possible. There are limitations due to the segmentation of the display but within this limitation a lot of fun is possible.

  2. avatar Louis Droit says:

    That would look really slick for any business professional. Your designs never cease to impress me sam.

  3. avatar purple_watches says:

    WOW – Very cool – - Love Love LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. avatar Pete says:

    Once again Sam you amaze me by making something so simple look epic. If I had drawn this it would have looked dull, and people would be like “it’s just some circles….boring”. Its probably not my favourite of yours as it isn’t the most wowee of your work but it looks great and is totally feasible. 5/Y best of luck sir :D

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Thank you Pete! Yeah it took a bit to make it look like this. Could’ve been more busy, could’ve been more minimalistic (and then harder to read). Now I hope it’s a nice balance.

  5. avatar Patrick says:

    Hi Sam, I like sobriety and moreover, it is easy to read, thus 5* and Yes.

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  7. avatar Patrick says:

    And of 4! “Xtal-Watch”
    Sam cheer for this new production.
    When one day, I had said to you that you were endowed the most with Blog, I was not mistaken, nor TF of aillor.

  8. avatar Firdaus 2013 says:

    #1 Congrats again for the born of real Xtal, to sum up you have 5 children with TF, quite impressive, I’m glad I’ve had a chance to have a tour in Aquadome with you, what a nostalgic ;-)

    #2 I thought you prefer more complex design, but sometimes, simpler is better, so open to more possibility. I like this concept, simple, and looking quite scientific. Well done.

    #3 5*/Yes.

    • avatar Samukun says:

      #1 Awww Fir ^^ Thank you! Yes it’s the ONLINE, OTO, MARU, MARU WOOD and now the XTAL. I like nostalgia. Was a nice time!

      #2 Ah sometimes simple is fun. I am so ambiguous, I never know what comes next xD I’m glad you like it.

      #3 Tusen takk!

  9. avatar Chris says:

    I hope this gets made. I will buy it. Best I’ve seen in a while. Incredibly slick!

  10. avatar xian says:

    Congratulations on Xtal, Sam! How many of your designs has TF made to date?

  11. avatar Laszlo says:

    It’s a really nice work! I like!

  12. avatar mastiandroid5 says:

    Very good design. I liked the simple, yet elegant design! Though, not super-cryptic, it is a very good design!

  13. avatar mushy says:

    The design’s a bit sober for me, Sam, but that’s what TF and a lot of people on here seem to go for. It’s easy to read and nicely done though. :) Good luck with it. Congratulations on Xtal too!

  14. avatar Sebastian says:

    Is there anything more to say…? Great work again, Sam and good luck for it! 5*/Y

  15. avatar lumist says:

    Another stunning design! 5*/Y

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Thank you lumist! Cool name… could be a watch name… a watch with… light! The rest of the concept should be thought through accurately.

  16. avatar Makkovik says:

    I like the classy/dress look. I like the idea for the PM & +1 to +4. No markers make it harder to accurately tell the time but put it in the same category as Movado. (that’s very positive)

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Oh yeah Movado :) Although here the big minute blobs can only have 12 positions which are easier to guess than all 60 for the single minutes. But in any case it’s a matter of practice. Cool that you like the look Makk :)

      • avatar Makkovik says:

        I didn’t realize that the big minute only have 12 positions!

        About the markers: I usually prefer when watches have them but feel that sometime it’s destroying the overall look. (this watch fall in this category & the Movado that have a single dot at 12 o’clock)

      • avatar Samukun says:

        Yeah the big minute just hops over the 5 minute increments while the little ones add up to make the reading precise :)

        Yes, the indicators could destroy a clean look sometimes. Sometimes they can be used to emphasize a look. Each project has its own rules. Fun :D