Design submitted by Peter from the UK.
Peter says: “This is “Salt” a design that combines a couple of features from some of my previous designs, namely “Disc” and “Subway”.
The Subway design used an LCD showing a bunch of frequently changing numbers that in themselves meant nothing. It was only when these numbers were highlighted by an animated chain framing the appropiate digits that the time was readable.
The Disc design featured a disc with many perforations, the small holes allow LEDs to glow through them. To tell the time the disc had to be rotated into the appropiate position. This design combines these two display methods.
Salt features an LCD display that has mutiple frequently changing digits on it. Some of the numbers tell the time, the rest are random. The top row describes the hours and the bottom row the minutes. To tell the time you rotate a disc that is mounted to the face of the watch. This disc could be interchangable allowing a certain amount of customisation.
This disc features a selection of windows cut out of it which frame the appropiate digits on the display to highlight the time, rather like a template. The disc could have 2,3 or 4 templates. There are four dots below the display which match up with small holes on the disc. This tells you if you are using the correct template.
For the more advanced user that might learn the patterns of the templates there could be a disc with a large window cut out showing the whole display. These advanced users would be able to see the time by which of the four dots is shown and remembering the appropiate pattern. This format could also describe the date, seconds would also be an easy edition as it would just require more window cut outs.
These windows cut into the disc reminded me of lids you sometimes get on salt containers (and other granulated products) or 100’s and 1000’s (brightly coloured candy spinkles used in cake decorating) Hence the name “Salt”
The design will look very cryptic to some until they understand the use of the disc so this should sort the hard-core fan from the more conservative user. The industrial look will also appeal to a niche group. The customisable element will also attract those how like their watch their way.
The watch features single sided strap fittings allowing the straps to be easily interchanged. You simply un-screw the anodised knurled nuts and slide the strap off. The nuts could also be interchanged along with the discs to suit the wearers style.
This customisation along with the display style sets this design from others and would ultimately be easily made too!”