Design submitted by Peter from the UK.
Peter says: This is “Hybrid 3” a redesign of a re-design of “Hybrid” which featured on the blog back in March 2012.
The original design combined both LCD with a mecahnical analogue movement. The design utilised a metal disc with the LCD hour blocks mounted into it. The disc rotated to highlight the mins. The seconds were shown by LCD segments in a ring around the disc. The metal disc proved to be too expensive and required a heavy duty and most likely expensive movement to power it. Also packaging both technologies into one watch would have been tricky.
This version does away with the LCD element in favour of full analogue, the metal disc is replaced by a much lighter moulded plastic item (could be flat plastic or laser-cut/laser-etched thin metal) The time has changed subtly too, the top disc now tells the hours and features a narrow window cut into it which displays the minutes. This is done by a spiral shaped disc (similar to the ones used in “Swirl 1 & 2”) beneath. This spiral shape travels up the narrow window to display the minutes (in a similar way to “Swirl”). The seconds are displayed by a partial ring of colour around the outside of the dial. All of which would utilise illuminesent paint for that electronic look. I imagine that the gearing of the minute hand would need to different to a standard analogue movement as the minutes chase the hour disc around the dial. Hopefully this would be an easy mod to a standard movement x^^x
Like the original design the simple visual language is traditional in its form and proportions so shouldn’t scare off traditionists. The time telling is very simple and intuative but clever in its methodology.
This design will hopefully stand out due to its simple time reading method created in an unuseal manner. The form also lends itself to pre-existing watch housings, again adding to the viability.