Ripples watch with soothing droplet animation (update)

Design submitted by Nev from the UK.

Nev says: As a child, I used to love watching the rain and seeing ripples on water resulting from raindrops.   This formed the inspiration for ‘Ripples’.

Shown here in 3 forms: normal strap, chain strap and pocket (including one where the chain can be attached top or bottom, depending on wearers needs).

‘Ripples’ is a digital watch (12 or 24 hour), with time, date and alarm modes.  It could also be a stopwatch.

The round numbers are formed from the largest ripples, with the horizontal line replaced by a central dot.   Hours / months displayed above minutes / days (depending on mode).

The different versions will appeal to different people.   The design will appeal to men or women who like rounded forms / numbers (no squares, hexagons or any sharp corners on this display) and the animation should appeal to those who like watching ripples on water.

The natural form of ripples on water makes an interesting watch design, which  gives an opportunity for great animation.  Tokyoflash would create a better animation than mine, maybe showing the drop hitting as well as the resulting ripples.

UPDATE: I think the chain strap version of the watch may be too large for some, so I’ve added a smaller version. The original watch case was 40mm in diameter, whereas this would be 31mm.   Having two sizes, would be similar to some other brands (e.g. Nava).   This may not appeal to Tokyoflash, but thought I’d put it out there.

Not all people could see the numbers, as they couldn’t visualise the horizontal lines represented by the central dot, so I’ve produced a version of the numbers image with a red line showing the horizontal line over the top of each relevant number.  Also shown in copies of the first two watches.   Hope these help.

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35 Responses to “Ripples watch with soothing droplet animation (update)”

  1. avatar Tokyoflash Japan Product Design Studio says:

    Excellent idea! I really love this concept. I think it would be nice to have those relaxing rain drops animating all the time when you glance down, quite hypnotic.
    The ripples continue onto the strap too :-)

    Its quite a simple concept but works exceptionally well with a naturally inspired theme. I am all for it, good job Nev.

    • avatar Nev says:

      Thanks for posting and the enthusiastic comments! Glad you like it.
      I have liked images extending into the strap since I first saw Stencil, so had to copy that idea here.
      Constant animation (a configurable option, as in Quasar) would certainly work here.
      Hope everyone else likes this too.

  2. avatar Josh says:

    This is amazing! It shames even my concept, the infinity watch. I hope you get it made in real life! You deserve it.

    • avatar Nev says:

      Thanks, Josh. Glad you like it.
      Looking forward to seeing your revised version – I wouldn’t be able to create a watch design showing infinity mirrors with my limited skills, so good luck with the software.

  3. avatar Nev says:

    I’m interested to see what people think of the strap/pocket watch ideas as well as the watch face. This is the first time I’ve put any effort into the “holder” (you may say “not enough”, but it’s more than last time), so, thoughts?

  4. avatar Patrick says:

    Hi Nev, your idea is poetic and I love it, plus it works great for a watch.
    I have designed a pocket watch, although I prefer the wrist watches.
    5 * / Yes, very good idea.

    • avatar Nev says:

      Glad you like it, Patrick. Thanks for the support.
      I too prefer wrist watches, but thought I’d show different styles as well this time.

  5. avatar dawn says:

    Love this watch! It’s a great idea. Makes me want to keep looking at the rippling effect. I like the strap and chain designs so if it is made available to buy, maybe I’ll have to get one of each.
    5*/ Yes

  6. avatar Pete says:

    Hi Nev, Nice design my friend. I like the natural inspiration and agree with Toky that the raindrop animation should be constant. The time could be on or off for the majority of the time as per the users preference.
    I cant get over how similar this looks to my latest design “Geoglyph” (or how similar my design looks to this) Spooky! Especially when they have totally different inspirations and time telling. GMTA and all that :)
    5/Y Best of luck :)

    • avatar Nev says:

      I’m happy with the idea of the animation being constant, but think it should be a configurable option. Time on or off, if the animation is constant, just takes that one step further. Yep, nice idea.
      I only saw ‘Geoglyph’ on your face and design pages yesterday, 6 days after I submitted this design, so any similarity is, as you say, GMTA. I look forward to seeing it here (and understanding how to read it :) ).
      Glad you like it – thanks for the support and luck.

      • avatar Pete says:

        I have only just submitted Geoglyph and added to fb, so please don’t think I was suggesting anything untoward. Just saying it was spooky, I had to take a double take when I saw your design on TF lol

        • avatar Nev says:

          I didn’t think you were, Pete. Hope this doesn’t indicate we’re running out of totally unique design ideas.

        • avatar Pete says:

          To be honest I don’t think there are any totally unique ideas left unfortunately. Unless you invent a new type of display tech. Then it would be totally unique and totally unfeasible. The best we can do is an new slant or take on things or use inspiration from a different context. :)

  7. avatar Justin says:

    Great design Nev, I see a vast improvement in your renders and designs!! Nice work. My fav has to be the top picture, there’s something about the dark screen with the bright ripples that seems to mimic a puddle in the road at night during a rainstorm.

    The raindrop animation is awesome and although some will like it on all the time, I would prefer it if the aesthetic ripples were to indicate the ticking seconds, maybe have one tiny ripple “activate” on each second to give the effect of a light shower or drizzle. Maybe even a setting where you could alter the frequency and speed of the ripples. One tiny ripple every 0.5 of a second would be a nice constant visual!

    Great work, excellent idea and smashing visual designs. Keep it up!!

    I’ve not submitted anything for a while so I may have to pull my finger out!

    • avatar Nev says:

      Thanks for the support and the ideas. Having seconds displayed as you describe sounds interesting.
      Thanks also for your help with the software. I used both the materials available in IR, modified some to get closer to the colours I wanted and created some. Still can’t get everything I want, but improving.
      Cheers.

      • avatar Justin says:

        No troubles bubbles. There are loads of materials for use in IR! Mainly aluminum, gold, chrome, silver etc. just many variations of those and maybe a few others. I think there are some shiny plastic and glass effects in there too. If you need help finding these and tweaking them I can always email you again and send big pictures with arrows and stuff lol.

        Best of luck with this!

        • avatar Nev says:

          I didn’t mean “both of the IR materials”, implying they only had two! I was going to say both theirs and my creations, but then added the extra text about modifying theirs, changing the context for the “both”. Rushed typing!

  8. avatar Zsolt from Hungary says:

    The numbers seem similar to Sam’s Suujimaru, but the watch looks unique this way, too.

    • avatar Nev says:

      Wow, yes, the numbers are the same basic shape. I thought I’d come up with something new – shows how wrong you can be. Only difference is that my numbers are slightly askew, as I thought that might make them slightly harder to read (didn’t want to make them too easy :) ).

      I guess, as Pete points out, that there are no new ideas (or very few), so it comes down to how you put it together.

      Hopefully I haven’t made Sam think I’m copying his (cos I wasn’t looking at the blog back in 2012 when Suujimaru was posted). Sorry, Sam – a case of GMTA or, more that this was the only way to use the parts of the raindrop / ripple to present the numbers, so they are right for this design.

      Glad you think the watch is unique enough.

  9. avatar dzign555 says:

    Nice job, Nev. Can I have one?
    5y

    • avatar Nev says:

      Glad you like it. All I can give you is images at the moment, but if we’re lucky you might be able to get a one – all up to TF. Thanks for the support.

  10. avatar Andrew Joy says:

    A nice clean minimalist display: digits Mode indicators that all in keeping with the Ripple Theme. The Bracelet / pocket chain is very elegant & would be well suit for the feminine watch market.

    • avatar Nev says:

      Thanks for the thoughtful comments, Andrew.
      After submitting to Tokyoflash, I have concluded that the chain bracelet watch probably needs a smaller watch case to make it more attractive to women that want that style of watch. I have another image that shows this, but have not sent to TF as yet – waiting to see if anyone asks for other changes that I can make first.

  11. avatar Kath says:

    Love this design!! Really like the ripple effect – very relaxing and if the animation was constant i could see this being quite hypnotic! Like the different strap options too. Think my favourite is the chain strap.
    Hope it gets made! Would definitely buy one!
    5/y!

    • avatar Nev says:

      Thanks for the support, Kath. Glad you like it.
      I wasn’t sure about the chain strap, but thought it a logical extension from the idea of a pocket watch version. After submitting, I thought it would be good to produce a smaller version of the case with this strap for women who might like a smaller watch than those typically produced by TF. I might send this in as an update. If they could produce 2 sizes (like some of the Nava watches), it would be cool.

  12. avatar Nev says:

    Thanks for posting the update, TF.
    The first two images do not change the design, but show how the it represents the numbers, so people do not need to read the text.
    The last image is a reduction in the size of the case, which I think looks better with the chain bracelet and might appeal more to women looking for a smaller watch, but still like them to be cryptic.

  13. avatar Jose says:

    Great concept, very well developed and exposed.
    Great job with great potential. 5 / Y :)

  14. avatar mattw says:

    Great design! I’ll have one with a normal strap and my girlfriend will have one with a chain strap.
    The smaller case looks good for girls wanting smaller watches, but the standard size would be fine too. Pocket watch attached at the bottom may work for nurses, if it could have seconds as well – once they have worked out how to read quickly!
    I read the text, so could read the numbers before getting down to the extra images added at the end – I guess some people just look at the pictures!
    When can I buy?

    • avatar Nev says:

      Glad you like it. Don’t know if you will get the chance to buy those 2 watches, but I hope you do! :)
      Not really thought much about easy to read seconds. Might make the watch too busy, but if they could be added without doing this, it would be cool.
      Thanks for the support.

  15. avatar Zoe says:

    The size of watch I choose depends on the occasion. This design is very attractive (and the display quite hypnotic, as mentioned before). I think I’d go for both sizes of chain watch.

    • avatar Nev says:

      Glad you like it, Zoe. Your comments are interesting. Looks like there is a market for smaller watches for TF, as well as the normal size. Thanks for the comments and support.

  16. avatar Makkovik says:

    I like the digits & that they are not aligned. I can imagine the “showing the drop hitting as well as the resulting ripples” effect. It would be good to be able to manually change the quantity of the decorative ripples.

    I prefer the pocket watch version.

    • avatar Nev says:

      Configurable ripple quantity – that could definitely work here, enabling easy (very little) to hard (densely packed) reading. Nice idea.
      Sold – one pocket watch. Seriously – glad you like it, Matt, and thanks for the suggestion.

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