Mercury analogue watch with liquid metal time telling

Design submitted by Peter from the UK.

Peter says: I wanted to come up with a back to basics analogue design with a hint of sci-fi which would be easy to make and traditional in its time telling. “Mercury” was born.

The time telling is traditional analogue using off the shelf movements. This twist in this case is that the hands and markers are organic in form and look like that they are a splat or splash of liquid metal or some kind of gelatinous alien lifeform.

This design is traditional analogue in concept and function with a sci-fi or arty twist. This should appeal to a wide range of people form sci-fi fans and artistic types right through to children.

The organic liquid metal look combined with traditional analogue time telling and some fun lighting sets this design apart from others.

VN:R_N [1.9.22_1171]
Rate This Concept Design
Rating: 4.3/5
VN:T [1.9.22_1171]
Mercury analogue watch with liquid metal time telling, 4.3 out of 5 based on 35 ratings

Tags: , , , , , , ,

21 Responses to “Mercury analogue watch with liquid metal time telling”

  1. avatar Tokyoflash Japan Product Design Studio says:

    Another instant classic from Peter, well done!

    I prefer the models without the coloured lines, in particular the 2nd to last image showing the white watch where the hands are just a darker colour.
    How do you envisage this working on the black model? as I can’t clearly see if those hands are different. That black/silver model is stunning, I think it blows some other brands art/fashion watches out of the water.

    • avatar Pete says:

      Cheers for posting and commenting Toky. The lines on the hands are to suggest a glowing core to the semi-transparent hands. On the chrome looking hands they could be mirrored semi-transparent plastic which would allow a subtle glow in poor light. It’s not a significant detail if feasibility was an issue. Cheers again! :D

  2. avatar Nev says:

    Another fantastic design, Pete.
    I had the same concept in my head, but knew my design skills were not up to it, so it’s great to see it done by a master.
    Lots of options on the display here. I agree with TF that the ones with no lines look best, as that makes it look more like a real spill.
    I do line one with lines though: 2:10 green on black, as the large ends with very thin lines remind me of images of black holes consuming stars (yeah, I know, back to my fixation on stars n stuff).
    Another must have, so an obvious 5y. Good luck.

    • avatar Pete says:

      I’m glad your likey Nev! I very nearly didn’t submit this one as I wasn’t entirely happy with my images. I think the concept is far better than my attempt at realising it. Luckily the peeps on Facebook thought it was worthy of submission so here we are. Cheers for the feedback and support sir! :D

  3. avatar Patrick says:

    Pete should develop “the watchmaker dictionary of curiosities.”
    I agree with TF and Nev on luminescent markers, they should be completely invisible during the day.
    I think my keyboard is locked out of at 5 stars and Yes? ah ah ah

  4. avatar dzign555 says:

    Stunning! Wow! 5y

  5. avatar V@LENTIN says:

    Cool. This reminds me of a game from miniclip called sling:). Nice watch Pete. 5y

  6. avatar Andrew Joy says:

    Mercury: has a Fluid almost organic feel this is a another excellent executed analogue design Pete. Great work & Good Luck.

  7. avatar gordon says:

    very nice design and renderings!!

  8. avatar Justin says:

    Cool design, the purple one looks funky.

  9. avatar Makkovik says:

    I prefer the green hands (4th & 5th pictures. The 6th look too dark! ). The silver one is OK too. ( I wonder how you tell the actual time with it. )

    The display is nice & I love the 6 “water drops” & the splat in the background.

    It’s too bad that I can’t read analog watches like that.

    • avatar Pete says:

      The time telling is traditional analogue but if you struggle with analogue, the hands looking like the background splat wont help matters ;) Hopefully this will be the design that makes you want improve your analogue skillz :)

      • avatar Makkovik says:

        I meant that the silver hand / decorations version use 1 color vs 2 colors / luminescent hands for the other examples.

        • avatar Pete says:

          The silver hands could also be illuminated like the other variations. They could be a mirror tinted plastic material that would have a subtle glow in dark light conditions :)

  10. avatar Pete says:

    Time is ticking away for this concept so just want to say a quick thanks to TF for posting it here and everyone who took the time to vote, comment, share and like!
    Cheers everyone!

    Pete from the UK :)