I wanted to share a watch concept I designed recently that I had some viral/internet success with (including publication in a chinese fashion magazine), but hadn't really gotten feedback on from other watch enthusiasts. I am a product and graphic designer and total watch enthusiast...and this is my first post on a watch forum (hopefully the first of many). Though this concept is just a series of renderings and a novel idea, I believe that the technology necessary to make this happen exists and I hope that through exposure, it will gain enough attention that able parties will be interested in collaborating on bringing this to market. So, with out further adieu...ORBO Watch Series:
The ORBO series of concept watches utilize orbiting digital displays (potentially e-ink) that are integrated into an analogue minute hand in order to add additional functionality to the watch, as well as create an extremely simple watch to read. The design of the face is meant to be very simple, clean and yet informative. It uses no numbers or text on the face, but rather clean cuts of varying width that indicate the normal hour and minute marks. The goal was to create a minimal graphic face that added function while not distracting from the orbiting digital displays. Since it is the core of the watch’s personality and innovative design, the displays and the armature hand are meant to be bold and graphic. As the hand makes its hourly rotation, the images on the displays maintain alignment towards the top of the watch, or twelve o’clock, enabling an at-a-glance read. The first display tells the hours and the seconds, the second display tells the date or current weather depending on the model, though this second screen could easily accommodate various forms of data both complex and simple, or be used to cycle through various functions. The STOP model is a design for a digital chronograph that functions in the same manner.
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