Design submitted by Sam from Germany.
I always liked neon tube displays in sci-fi movies. Back then, when CGI wasn’t used for every little thing. I liked the fact, someone actually built alien symbols of neon tubes, that really work! I was sketching for minimalistic, square based numbers that make a cool neon tube display.
The most numbers are recognised intuitively – they look like the well known 7-segment digits without the centre segment. For the 8 another encryption had to be found, to distinguish it from the 0. The = symbol it is. If it helps, it’s like the 8 but just using the two voids (:) that have been stretched (=). I like this symbol here, because it goes well with the alien touch of the display. Whenever the 8 appears, the whole display appears to be even more cryptic, as it actually is.
As for the watch, I chose a simple and smooth geometry with a recess for the display to achieve a stylish sci-fi look. And because everything is held minimalistic, there can be quite some colour play. Watch and display can have the same colour, or clashing ones. The watch can look serious or playful. There are many options available and I think everyone could find a favourite.