Design submitted by Anders from Sweden.
This is an updated take on an old submission of mine: Sliderule (hence the name; like sliderule, only more so). It’s been rattling about in my brain for ages, and I just recently found the energy to finish it.
One of the things some commenters of the earlier design wanted was a seconds hand. It took some sketching but I managed to find a way of putting two sliding hands on top of each other without them getting in each others way. Time is told pretty much exactly as before; the important thing is to look at the pins which the hands are attached to; they denote hours, minutes and seconds
To add the maximum of movement I made the outer pin the hours, and the inner pin the minutes. The seconds have to be in the middle to make both hands move continously, as you can see in the animation (which is in real time, not time-lapse).
Another thing people asked for was hour markers, which I’ve added to the steampunk version in the form of a stepped colouring in the glass. I didn’t add the stepping to the other version simply because I didn’t remember.
Styling is both sleekly futuristic or steampunk inspired. I went for a rounded pentagonal shape for the case, simply because I found it interesting and because I hadn’t used it before. The futuristic version sports blue chrome and white acetate while the steampunk is resplendent in radial-brushed copper and steel. Of course, the display design could easily be made to fit any round watch body if required, and it would work in pretty much any material.
As you can see from the images I’ve imagined it both as a wristwatch and a pocketwatch. Unfortunately I made the mistake of only adding buttons to the side; there really should be a round knob for setting the time as it is an analog movement.
I would hope that the design would appeal to both women and men; the ladies might like to wear the pocketwatch version as a necklace, which should make it a real conversation piece as it’s always in motion and not obviously a watch. Gentlemen on the other hand might prefer to have it on a classic fob, or with a chunky strap. Either way should work fine.