Design submitted by Logan from the USA.
Logan says: I designed “Sequence” to balance simplicity and complexity. The appearance is always complex, but Mode 0 is easy and simple to read. Mode 3, on the other hand, is logically simple to read, but difficult enough to provide mental exercise for those who want it.
“Sequence” has an always-on LCD display consisting of three rows of 12 segments each. Every third segment is wide, to aid reading. There are no buttons, but instead there are two touch zones, one at the top and one at the bottom of the watch face.
In Mode 0, the hours are displayed at the top, the tens of minutes in the middle, and the single minutes at the bottom — just observe which segment is turned off to read each part of the time. For example, if the second wide segment is turned off at the top, then read 6 hours. If the narrow segment after the second wide segment is turned off, then read 7 hours. The tens of seconds, AM/PM, and alarm indicator are also shown using segments not used for the 12-5-9 (see diagram).
In Mode 3, the hours, minutes, and seconds are displayed in trinary (base-3). The wide segments are never turned off (except for the blinking alarm indicator in the bottom right), but instead serve as visual markers for powers of three: 3, 9, 27 (the right-most wide segments are not used, again except for the alarm indicator). Since there are two narrow segments after each wide one, the layout is perfect for trinary — if the first narrow segment is off, it means multiply by 1, while if the second narrow segment is off, it means multiply by 2. So, if the second narrow segment is off after the 9 wide marker, read 9×2=18 (see diagram). This is straightforward trinary — simple, but not as easy as Mode 0.
“Sequence” is great for two types of Tokyoflash fans: 1) those who like watches that look difficult, but are actually easy to read (Mode 0), and 2) those who want a mental challenge (Mode 3). Choose the mode that suits you best.
“Sequence” balances simplicity and complexity in both its visual appearance and time encoding.