Tricircle watch runs rings around time.

Design submitted by Peter from the UK.

Peter says: I was visiting the gym and noticed various posters promoting the 2012 olympic games. The main image associated with the olympics are the olympic rings, a set of interlinked coloured rings. I started thinking that it would be nice to use interlinked rings to tell the time. The result looks similar to the trinity symbol.

Telling the time is very straight forward, the time is displayed via three viewing windows, the top ring displays the hours .

The minutes are displayed by the two lower rings, the left ring shows 10 minutes increments and the right shows single minutes.

The watch is based on an analogue movement, ideally a jump hour type so that the time is always clear displayed by the viewing windows. The outer glass of the viewing windows double as touch sensitive controls for the settings, modes and illumination.

This design combines traditional elements with a contemporary design, which hopefully will give it universal appeal. The proportions should suit the majority of wrist sizes. The sculptured form should attract those who like something out of the norm.

The means of displaying the time is novel but easily recognised an intuitive. The rings would be powered by a traditional analogue movement which hopefully adds a little realism to the design and a hint of produce-ability.

There is an animation of the watch in action [5MB]

123 thoughts on “Tricircle watch runs rings around time.

  1. I don’t care how this think will work, I want it and need it ASAP this wicked watch! Black version hell yeah!!!!!

    ***** ROCKS!

    (the rendering is fantastico)
    (you are now officially my favorite designer)
    (keep it up and all the best!)

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    • Crikey thats one hell of an accolade Firdaus! Although I imagine that will change when we see the next design to hit the blog! In the meantime I will enjoy it! Im glad you likey! Thanks for the comment and the stars! 😀

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  2. Ha! I’ve been waiting for this one. Its a thing of beauty. You know i love the mechanics and this watch is full of em. Great job Peter one of my favorites

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  3. Oh man that black one is sexy. I agree with Heather – I’ll take three. These renders are amazing quality.

    5*, good luck!

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  4. WOW this is awesome!! One of the best concepts on the blog! I would buy this no matter the price!!! And i hope it wont be made of cheap material. Maybe metal or stainless steel. 5 out of 5

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    • This comment is that good it sounds like I wrote it! lol (I didn’t by the way)
      Im glad you like it Ben! I will keep my fingers crossed that TF choose to make it reality and in the right materials! x^^x
      Thanks for the great comment! 😀

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  5. 5°/YES. This is epic. Peter, you’re very creative and a wonderful part of the blog. This concept is a sculpture, a space device, a steampunk dream! The last image with the three watches made me smile. Wanna wanna, gimme gimme. Good luck!!

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    • Thanks a lot Sam! Thats very nice of you to say (if a little fluffy) Im glad you like this one! Yeah I though it would be nice to rty to re-create the trinity symbol using three watches, kinda works.
      Thanks for the mushy comment and the vote! 😀

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    • One stainless steel for you sir! Yeah the depth was dictated by the angle of the rings needed to get all three to intersect. Im glad you likey, thanks for the comment and the vote! 😀

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  6. Very nice watch Pete, very nice!
    To make it, it will be a different story, but the dream often requires exploits.
    It is really good, this Pete!
    5 x Yes.

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    • Yeah I don’t know how easy it would be to make, hopefully TF will want to find a way!
      Thanks a lot for your vote Patrick and the 5 yesses, its allways appreciated! 😀

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  7. I am a huge fan of ‘different’ watches, but this one has really caught my attention. I think the design looks great, a good price is great but I would prefere quality over price, a watch of that caliber deserves to be made to the highest standard. I can’t wait to see Peters next design.

    Ben

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    • Thanks a lot Ben, if you haven’t already check out my fb page PF Design (click on my yellow name to go straight there) there maybe another design than graps your attention too! Thanks for the comment! 😀

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  8. wow! simply wow! not an easy one but a great time piece i hope TF collaborate with an other manufacturer to make it.
    also the crown is missing but at this stage who cares… well done pete

    5* yes

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    • Im glad you like it Rachid, yeah probably not the easiest watch to produce but hopefully will appeal enought for TF to try. I decided to use the three external parts of the viewing windows as controls. Again I dont know if this would be doable. I would be happy to see a conventional crown on the side if it aided production.
      Thanks for the comment and the stars Rachid! 😀

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  9. Hi TF, thank you for adding this design to the blog!
    I did send an animation aswell, was it too large? I will resend (slightly smaller)
    In the meantime here is the link:

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    • You may be right Yoann, its definatley pushing the boundry of what TF could make. Its doable I think but whether it could be packaged small enough is anyones guess. Lets hope they at least look into it!
      Thanks for the comment 😀

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    • I think it could ba achieved with a regular analogue movement and a gearbox splitting the three drives (hours and two groups of mins) with a drive gear for each ring. Sounds complicated but Im sure for a maker of analogue movements would be pretty straight forward. Thanks for the vote and the stars Gabriel! 😀

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  10. Peter … You are the ONE … it’s really a mind twister idea … beyond once imagination … every time with your designs … you just “Breaking The Code of Time” …

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    • hehe Im glad you like it Ranjan. Its pretty simple when your used to it.
      Its the manufacturer that will have the headache if they choose to make it! lol
      Thanks as ever for the positive words! 😀

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  11. Very nice design. Reminiscent of a watch that would be a lot more expensive. Very interested in this. Bought my son a TF watch for Christmas and it hasn’t left his wrist, he loves it, so if you can do these to the same quality, count me in, I need a new watch, and think I have just found the one. Worth waiting for, but dont make me wait too long. 😉

    Well done Peter.

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    • Thank you very much atacam, I hope TF choose to make it and don’t make us wait to long either!
      Thanks for the positive comment atacam! 😀

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  12. Top gun, but what an idea, i am very impressed, it’s very beautiful, spectacular, still a great mind to think of such a mechanism, yet well done. 🙂

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  13. Hi Peter! I really like this design. I’m sure you get every vote on my phone, laptop and ipad. Yeah my trigadget supports tricircle watch design. Kapow!

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  14. I have added three new colour variants to my fb page album (PF Design) click on my yellow name to link straight there and check them out! 😀

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    • Also the link for the animation (not yet added to the blog) is in the description on the album, check it out.
      I will add it here again too:

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  15. Just awesome! hopefully TF will produce it!
    The black with green would look awesome on my wrist 🙂

    5 and a big YESS

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    • Im glad you like it! The black and green seems to be the most popular combination so far.
      I hope TF give you the opertunity to have one on your wrist one day.
      Big thanks for your commment and vote! 😀

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  16. Pete!

    Great design, about time I see something here on the blog that is different and great. I’ve been keeping track of designs here but this is your best. I must say that the mechanism should be devoted to a complication watch with a tourbillon. In such case, you should take this design to URWERK instead as they are the ones to make very highly delicate but extravagent watches. This watch as a Tokyo Flash would be wasting its potential as a true mechanical tourbillon watch. Pete, I worked with Swiss Watch companies for designing, but this is a great concept that should be brought up to higher ups. I like how there is no knobs on the watch to adjust the time, seems like its adjusted by a touch sensor maybe on the three edges. You should experiment with different band shapes too. Keep it up, doors are always open.

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    • Hi Tachyon,

      Im glad you like this design. I have tried to do quite a selection of designs/concepts in the hope that the odd one will please the majority/right people. There are quite a few that havent yet made it onto the blog. Hopefully there are a few that will do as well as tricircle had done (so far). Yeah this design would probably suit URWERK or similar. If TF didnt want this design I would be more than happy for such companies to contact me if they were interested in it. Thanks for the feedback and the comment Tachyon! 😀

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    • hahaha start saving now and If TF choose to make it you will have plenty of money to buy all three when it becomes available for purchase! lol That would be a lovely burden to worry about!
      Thanks for the epic comment Infectedtofu! (great name btw) 😀

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  17. Hey, that watch looks Bad-F*cking-Ass. Each time I look at it, it always reminds me of some kind of luxury watch that I have heard of somewhere, I don’t know. You could have renamed this design “Trinity” because the pattern that the three circles make resembles the Trinity a little bit. And a limited edition version of the watch might be good (Gold-plated rings, glowing numbers just so you don’t have to turn the light on in the dark, whatever.) Just think what makes a limited edition watch unique and special.

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    • Im glag you like it Maek, Yeah this design lends it self to different materials and finishes and would hopefully look really expensive and suite special editions etc. Yeah I thouht about Trinity as a name but decided on tricircle, seemed more fun at the time. Thanks for the feedback and the Bad Ass Comment Maek! 😀

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      • Hey, thanks for the reply, man. You goin’ to post a GIF of how the thing is supposed to move? I already know how it is the movement is going to work, but I just want to see what the movement look like. And maybe experiment a little more on the design… Wait… It already looks perfect! ^∀^

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      • Your very welcome! I like to answer all the comments my designs recieve, its the least I can do when people take the time. Yeah I did a very basic animation (Im pretty new to gif animations) and submitted it at the same time as the images. Frustratingly it hasn’t been added to this entry. I have since re-submitted a slightly shorter version just in case the original was too large (file size wise) and that hasnt been added either but if you click on this link you can see the uploaded version:

        Thanks again for the comments! 😀

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  18. This is possibly thee coolest watch I have EVER seen! You seriouly need to put this on KickStarter to get this out to the masses! I NEED ONE NOOOOW!!!!!! 🙂

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  19. This is pretty damn awesome it has to be said! The three rings look great and kind of classic looking too!
    Its just so different to the other designs on this blog! This really needs to be made! 5 stars and Yes

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    • Yeah a comment, it had got a bit quite around here recently! Im glad you like it! yeah I try to be a little different (not always sucesfully) Thanks for the commnet and the vote!

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  20. Crikey I dont look at the blog for a few days and miss this epicness! Where did this come from? I hope TF find a way of making this cos its just awesome! 10 stars and Yes, yes, yes!

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    • Where did it come from? From the mind of a crazy person! lol.
      Im glad you likey! I thank you for looking, commenting and the theoretical 10 stars! 😀

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  21. I have added a new LCD version of Tricircle to my fb page (PF Design) Hopefully it will be added here soon too. In the mean time please feel free to check out the images and animations on my page. Click on my yellow name at the top of this comment to link straight there. 😀

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  22. Beautiful !!!! I love the concept especially the silver and brown one !!! I hope TokyoFlash will make it to buy one

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    • Hi Kawalexis,
      I hope for the same thing. Hopefully TF will add the LCD version soon which is well within their development and manufacturing capabilities, then its just a question of whether its deemed popular/desirable enough to take it further. Im glad you like it and thank you for your feedback! 😀

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  23. SO AMAZING. PRODUCE THIS PLEASEEE. i wont care about the price. I would buy this in an instant. this is really imaginative.

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    • Wow amazing comment! Im glad you like it! I hope TF give you the opertunity to buy it one day or the LCD version that will hopefully hit the blog soon, keep your eyes peeled for that one!
      Thanks for the comment! 😀

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  24. Please bring out this Clock … I love them now. Especially in black with green or blue display
    greetings Daniel

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    • The black and green seems to be the favorite colour combination. Check out my fb page (PF Design) for other colours and the LCD version. Thanks for the positive words! 😀

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    • Im glad you like it!, Thanks for the comment!
      I would allways encourage people to send in their own ideas, the more the merrier, its what make the blog interesting! Have a go and best of luck!
      Thanks again! 😀

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    • hehe thanks Jun Im glad you likey!, lets hope the powers that be think the same also! keep your eyes peeled for the LCD version when it hits the blog! It looks very similar to this but is really easy to make! or you can check it out on my page, you know the way. Thanks for the spectacular comment! 😀

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      • Thanks Firdaus, its only cos I got people like you, Sam, Heather, Laszlo, Cory, Gordon, Patrick, Anders, etc etc to aspire too! Thats the beauty of the blog is it makes you raise your game because you not only want to be competative but also taken seriously by your peers etc!

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  25. So sick, looks very Celtic but also reminds me of the Borg.
    will pre-order one within minutes of getting the email saying you can pre-order them.

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    • Im glad you like it Colin, I agree it does have a Celtic look about it!
      I hope that you get that e-mail one day!
      Thanks for the sick comment! 😀

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    • hehehe, no word yet atacam. There is an LCD version due to go on soon which is more feasible from a production perspective. Check it out on my fb page if you would like a preview (PF Design) click on my yellow name to link to the page! Thanks for the enthusiasim and the comment! 😀

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  26. holy fuuuuuuuu……it has such high starts overall and time is almost over…i wish i had a mind like urs, this creation is epic! like nothing ever before…i cant wait to buy this

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    • hehehe thanks Jun, yeah it been really well recieved. Its my highest score so far, it was hovering around 4.7 for a while but anything above 4.0 is a record for me. I just hope the LCD version is as well recieved when it hits the blog. To get a mind like mine just add booze! lol I hope you get the chance to buy this one day or a version of this anyway. Thanks for the epic comment and the compliment! 😀

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