Design submitted by Peter from the UK & Sam from Germany.
Peter & Sam say: The initial idea for this LED watch came from the so called Penrose Stairs. These imaginary stairs let you walk up eternally by stepping on the same steps again and again each cycle. From a certain perspective, real life models can look like the often seen images. From another perspective you can see, it wouldn’t work. This perspective dependency guided us to the display and the time reading.
The diamond shaped display contains a 12 step replica of Penrose Stairs – a mere hint of the original of course. The top faces represent the 12 hours. The outer faces show the 12 five minute steps. The inner faces indicate the additional 4 minutes. The display is mounted on four microswitches and each corner activates a different mode: time, date, settings, animation. When you press the upper corner of the display, all LEDs light up, except the ones marking the current time. The hours are quickly visible. In order to tell the time precisely you have to change your perspective of the display and find the current five minute step and the additional minutes.
One half of the watch is made of a hard shell carrying the display and let it flow into the segmented straps, which are the second half of the watch. They are shaped in reference to the inspiring stairs. We are suggesting some material and light variants, playing with the ascension / descension topic.
This is a watch for geometry fans who like to wear a less geeky, more fashionable timepiece.
The perspective dependency is an essential part of this watch. It creates some confusion but is easy to understand.