Design submitted by Sam from Germany.
Sam says: “Two ideas inspired me to come up with this watch design. The first came from thinking about Japan a lot these days. I have seen people wearing the white space with the red dot (the Japanese flag) in many variations. Be it a sticker or a button or a cap. I wanted to design a wrist watch that reminds me, that there is always a future for Japan. Other people have their own thoughts about it… My second idea was to make a simple and unusual analog watch design.
The big red sun was there in the first sketches of the watch. I added a scale which is reminiscent of the suns rays. It looks like the scale on a traditional analog watch, but I divided the space between two hours by 6 (instead of the traditional 5), so these little intervals represent 1/6 of an hour (10 minute steps) and can be shown by the hour hand already. The additional minutes are shown by a number that follows the watch hand. These digital numbers are controlled by another analog mechanism which interacts with the movement of the watch hand. I named the watch “plusnine” because you have to add up to nine minutes. There are no further numbers, except the additional ones, because the hours positions should be clear.
I think, men and women, who like to wear a bit of Japan with them and who also like to show it, could like this watch design. Besides the current events, which make us think about Japan, there are many Japan fans out there who might wanna have a wrist watch like this.
This analog watch design represents a country and everything, the wearer feels about it.”