3Delix futuristic watch uses a helix to gauge time

Design submitted by Peter from the UK.

Peter says: This is 3Delix an evolution of an older design called “Swirl”

Swirl worked by using spiral shaped hands connected to an analogue movement which converted radial movement to linia movement. Allowing the time to be display in a column like window. 3Delix takes this concept into the third dimension.

The time is told by two (or three if seconds are required) helix shaped hands (like a single coiled spring) The hands are connected to a small diameter analogue movement which is mounted horizontally rather than vertically. The hands rotate around a tube with markings on it. The coil moves up the tube as the hand rotates. The markings could as easily be on the glass or printed on a transparent tube around the outside of the hands.

This design has an alien look which may apeal to sci-fi lovers, the simple mechanism but complicated look combined with analogue technology should appeal to those who hanker for high end horology.

The 3D display using helix shaped hands combined with alien looks sets this design apart from pretty much anything :)

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33 Responses to “3Delix futuristic watch uses a helix to gauge time”

  1. avatar V@LENTIN says:

    I need this watch!!I O_O
    Great design:) 5y

  2. avatar Tokyoflash Japan Product Design Studio says:

    Outstanding :-)
    Can you imagine wearing this & the reactions you would get? People would be amazed.

    It’s an odd fusion of sci-fi and analogue; with its almost spacecraft styling and laboratory readout, but it really works for me.
    It’s a pleasure looking over this design & I really want to own it.

    • avatar Pete says:

      Thanks a lot for posting and commenting Toky! Im glad it floats your boat.
      Its really quite a simple idea (and hopefully on the feasible side) but could look high end if done well.
      Fingers crossed there is room on the watches page for something like this one day! Cheers :D

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Outstanding indeed :D

      Definitely a competition to other non-traditional mechanical movement watches on earth. The mechanism is so simple and the result is so cool – just great!

      Crossing crossables, 5*/YES/Good luck!!

      • avatar Pete says:

        Crikey two comments that are too good to be true! Indeed anything that can be crossed in a luck enhancing way are uncomfortably twisted beyond recognition! Cheers for the mighty fine support sir! :D

  3. avatar Gordon says:

    Very cool Pete , I would love to wear it!

  4. avatar Gordon says:

    Very cool Pete!

  5. avatar dzign555 says:

    Word TF. You haven’t produced any blog watches at all this year…what’s up? Please produce this one ! 5y

    • avatar Pete says:

      If they could pick only one I must admit I would wish it to be this one, just because I don’t think there is anything out there like this (yet anyways) would be cool to be the first! :D

  6. avatar Nev says:

    Been waiting for this one to arrive. This is a stunning design and must be made!
    This is a weekend watch for me, as it isn’t really possible to get accuracy for the minutes in the office, but that’s probably when I’d want to wear it anyway. Don’t think there’s any point adding a seconds hand – it would clutter up a very clean design.
    If TF make this, I’ll snap one up straight away, although I will have a challenge deciding which colour to go for (so may take a few minutes) – all of you colour / strap combinations are fantastic, as always.
    5* doesn’t seem enough for this one.

    • avatar Pete says:

      I couldn’t ask for a better comment sir! I’ll pay you later! lol Fingers crossed you are burdened with the choosing of colour one day! :D

  7. avatar Patrick says:

    Hi Pete, it is a watch amazing with a very special look. The reading of the minutes alone is a little random, but it is also not a watch to work in the company of railways.
    5 * and Yes, great job!

    • avatar Pete says:

      Im sure extra markers could be included for extra accuracy. But if you do live by the fractions of minutes then there may be better designs out there. Fingers crossed that this is not a deal breaker for most! Cheers :D

  8. avatar xian says:

    I think these mechanical marvels are your best designs, Pete. Very cool looking!

    • avatar Pete says:

      Thanks a lot Xian! I hope your right and that is enough to see something become physical! Cheers for the support sir! :D

  9. avatar Andrew Joy says:

    The mechanical elegance of the movement & organic beauty of the bracelet demonstrates an evolution in analogue wrist watch design. Great Work Pete & course another 5 star vote.

  10. avatar Anders S says:

    Snazzy styling, Pete, and I’m glad to see a rating to match! =)

    It’s a weird one, as it kinda feels as it shouldn’t quite fit my taste, but the vaguely 60′s flavour is too groovy to resist! =)

    A small suggestion to aid readability: a thin vertical line between the two digits would probably make it easier to tell the exactish time without messing up the look.

    Great work mate, I really hope this gets picked up! =)

    • avatar Pete says:

      Hi Anders, cheers for the feedback sir!
      Yeah there are few ways the time reading tube part could be improved. The numbers should probably be moved off-centre which would allow for more smaller markers (which could be more like traditional markers on a conventional analogue) which may help with the accuracy and add to the technical look. I hadn’t thought of it as being retro but I suppose it does have a retro futuristic feel. Fingers crossed it is deemed worthy of further development x^^x

  11. avatar Ryan says:

    This is a fantastic design and extremely creative way to tell time. I love the sleek yet fluid shape of the watch’s exterior, I’d buy this watch just for it’s amazing aesthetics. However, I do have some gripes with the interior time telling mechanism. The colors and somewhat busy design in the interior don’t really match the watch’s sleek and fluid exterior. It is also a little hard to gauge the exact time at first glance with the current iteration of the time telling mechanism. I think both of these issues could be solved if the interior’s design were to be re-thought out. Aside from that, this is a truly exceptional and outstanding design which was beautifully rendered. It would be silly for Tokyoflash not to move forward with this design. Well done!

    • avatar Pete says:

      Hi Ryan, cheers for the in-depth feedback :)
      The interior (which is a nice description as it is kind of cockpit like) could be more optimised for sure. The colours are a little garish but I was hoping that would help with clarity, sometimes a subtle nice looking rendering isn’t always very descriptive. The hands which are currently wire forms could be transparent tubes with the helix printed or etched into them which would give more scope for development of the most effective design.The markers could definitely be better which would help with accuracy etc. Hopefully the current iteration gets the basic concept across and temps TF for further development. Thanks again for the feedback and the support sir! :D

      • avatar Ryan says:

        I’m really looking forward to seeing how this design gets improved, it sounds like you have some great ideas in mind already. Forgive me for presenting my own idea, but I just couldn’t resist sharing. I had, what I thought was, a clever idea for how this design could help show the exact time while still using a simple helix; lasers and tonic water (In case you’ve never seen the effect a laser has when passing through tonic water: http://blog.everydayscientist.com/wp-content/uploads/TIR-quinine.jpg). Going along with your idea of transparent tubes, a laser could shine through one or both sides of the tube and illuminate the entire tube. Now I’m not an expert on how light refracts within different materials and through different geometries, but I’d imagine that the tube could be designed so that there are small indentations on the sides which would allow light to escape the tube at a tangent, producing a small beam of light. Align enough of these indentations correctly, probably 12 for every hour, and the visual effect of DNA’s strands beaming outward from the tube could be produced. These lasers could shine on different indicators on the surface or the interior which would tell you the near-exact time.

        This is, of course, a more trial and error intensive design that would require a moving interior that is water tight. However, I haven’t seen any watch use the effect of lasers passing through tonic water and the visual effect produced would be truly unique.

        • avatar Ryan says:

          The link commingled with the parentheses and I can’t edit or delete. This is the correct link: http://blog.everydayscientist.com/wp-content/uploads/TIR-quinine.jpg

        • avatar Pete says:

          Cheers for the thoughts and suggestions. The refracting laser idea would be uber cool! and very unique, certainly in the watch world I imagine. The only issue I would see is that I could imagine this being technically challenging and presumably expensive.

          The reason I went down the physical helix and markers route is that it could most likely be achieved with off the self parts and a couple of simple wire forms or printed/etched tubes. All of which would be cheap and easily sourced. I cross my fingers tightly that TF are open to technical challenges and consider your hi-tech approach! Cheers again Ryan! :D

  12. avatar Jose says:

    No words master Pete.
    Best of luck master :)

  13. avatar Makkovik says:

    By far my favorite with that theme!

    I like the flat bottom & ^ top (case).

    I love that it look like it can be opened to switch the tube!

    I like the 8th picture color (blueish silver). I like the last pic, but would prefer to either have it more rusted/damaged or plain gold (like the animation).

    I would buy.

    Choosing the color would be hard, other than I don’t like all black/2-tone of gray because the lines between 2 links, on both side & around the display doesn’t pop-out enough!

    • avatar Pete says:

      Cheer for the feedack Makko, Nice colour choices. I agree that a battoe-scared metallic version would be nice. I keep proposing that kind of finish but TF have not taken the bait yet. Hopefully one day they will! Cheers again! :)

  14. avatar Pete says:

    Time is running out for this concept soon so I just want to say a big thank you to TF for posting it here and everyone who took the time to vote, comment, share and like!
    Cheers everyone!

    Pete from the UK :D