Design submitted by Sam from Germany.
Sam says: “My idea was a display with nine digits which can have four states as an alternative to the traditional four digits which can have a maximum of nine states. I liked the artistic but still rational display while I was sketching for it.
Each digit stands for a number (1-9) depending on the position on the display. The four states stand for the order in which the digits are read. There have been many ideas how to divide a digit into four parts which can be distinguished easily and also be on at the same time (for e.g. 11:11). Finally I chose interlaced squares wich give the watch it’s name: Yonkaku (四角).
For the watch itself I took my inspiration from the Nekura watches’ metallic straps. You read the time from the smallest shape to the biggest. The position where you find the digits tell you the value of this digit. If a shape is missing, then it is a zero. So 00:00 is an empty display. 01:00 is just a small square ring on the first digit. 11:11 are all squares lit up on the first digit. I offer LED as well as LCD variants of the watch. So this design can be affordable to everyone.
I also imagined how to apply color to the display, the framing material and the metal. There are many many possibilities. I believe I’m appealing to artists, fashion victims and party people with this watch design. I’m playing with duality (hardness of display – smoothness of the watch, reflective material – matte material, brightness and darkness) so the watch keeps your eyes exploring. I refer to the known number layout of number pads which make it easier to learn to read I think, but at least offers a working alternative to counting and calculating watches. I show, that this design could be made in many variants without being too expensive.”