The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

Visually split into two distinct parts, the Balance watch says all it needs to with its name, and the watch face design. Taking inspiration from the Yin-Yang, the Balance watch is all about showcasing a duality. A duality between colors, themes, and even technology, because aside from being half black and half white, the Balance Watch is also half-analog, half digital.

Looking like a normal mechanical watch, the Balance’s watch face is actually half-parts a dynamic e-ink display. The black surface serves as a display unit, through which the hands appear, and on top of which lies the white half-dial piece, adding contrast and drama to the watch face.

The hands come with their own interpretation of duality, with black and white hands (and dot indicators at the end of them) and tell the time against the watch’s dual-colored surface. The white part of the watch surface comes with a subdial, and to complement it, the e-ink display has a ‘subdial’ too that displays the date and time. The e-ink display even works in tandem with your phone when connected, giving you notifications when you’re getting a call or a message, and if you really want to spice the two-tone layout, you can even get the display to show off black and white patterns, giving you the duality of visual drama vs plain-ness!

Designer: Design Magnet

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Balance Watch bases itself off the duality of Yin and Yang

The Gemic Watch Tells Time Through Undulating 3D Surfaces


Staring at the Gemic tell time is almost like looking into a kaleidoscope. it’s an ever-changing landscape of undulating surfaces and forms that enchants, and also tells the time.

“Time is not just a number but also a story of the life”, says designer Xundi Li, who has, through the Gemic, attempted at giving time a shape. Ultimately each moment in your day is different from the last, and the Gemic watch tries to reflect that, by looking different with each passing minute. The watch consists of two different 3D layers that sit atop each other, rotating to tell the time. Ridges on the layers indicate what time it is, and the layers themselves come with amoeba-shaped cutouts that rotate as the layers do, creating a visualization in the center of the watch’s face… right in the middle of which sits Gemic’s branding. Pretty neat!

Designer: Xundi Li

The Gemic Watch Tells Time Through Undulating 3D Surfaces

The Gemic Watch Tells Time Through Undulating 3D Surfaces

The Gemic Watch Tells Time Through Undulating 3D Surfaces

The Gemic Watch Tells Time Through Undulating 3D Surfaces

The Gemic Watch Tells Time Through Undulating 3D Surfaces

The Gemic Watch Tells Time Through Undulating 3D Surfaces

The Gemic Watch Tells Time Through Undulating 3D Surfaces

The Gemic Watch Tells Time Through Undulating 3D Surfaces

The Gemic Watch Tells Time Through Undulating 3D Surfaces

Nordgreen’s watches are all about Scandinavian simplicity, symmetry, and social responsibility

I remember first getting a glimpse of Nordgreen’s watches when I saw Sam Gwilt (our buddy, Sam Does Design) wearing them. Designed in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nordgreen’s watches spoke of true Nordic minimalism, with design details that omitted everything complex, retaining just the elements that were necessary. A clean dial, three hands, and a date window. Together, these three elements were all that were needed to build a beautiful watch that’s outwardly simple, sophisticated, and minimal to the extent that it looks serene.

Nordgreen’s Philosopher watch perfectly channels this minimalism, with its pure white watch face (that even ditches numerics for stick markings), and the slightly asymmetric seconds hand that looks like it’s slicing through time. The watch body comes with a slightly outwardly drafted design that is just angular enough to feel different and look different. The crown at the 3 o’clock position has a minimal yet unique style too. The Philosopher comes with a body made from 316L stainless steel, commonly found in the best watches, and houses within it a Japanese Quartz Movement on the inside.

Designed to embody Scandinavian simplicity and symmetry, Nordgreen’s watch body comes in classic colors too, ranging from silver, to rose gold, to even a bronze-ish gun metal. Paired with interchangeable tanned Italian leather straps, designer Jakob Wagner ensures that the watches adhere to the highest standards of quality, craftsmanship, and style. Coming from an incredibly design-forward background, Wagner has worked with companies including Bang & Olufsen, Muuto, and B&B Italia. Guided by traditional Scandinavian design, a background in mechanical engineering, and an innate love for watches, Wagner partnered with Nordgreen to help build watches that embody an authentic Scandinavian ethos, and aesthetic.

Nordgreen’s sensibilities don’t stop at just minimalism… they extend to charity too, a core value that Danes uphold with tenacity. As a part of their Giving Back Programme, With each purchase, Nordgreen allows users to select one out of three charities that Nordgreen will support on their behalf. Flip your watch over and Nordgreen even etches a tracking number on the back, letting you track the progress and impact your act of charity has had on the society.

Nordgreen’s minimalist approach also results in their watches having universal appeal. Available in three variants, the Philosopher, Native, and Infinity, Nordgreen’s designs possess the ability to look great on any wrist, paired with any outfit, and even across genders (all of Nordgreen’s watch models have unisex designs).

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Designer: Jakob Wagner

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The Philosopher Watch

Nordgreen’s Philosopher watch has a pure white watch face (that even ditches numerics for stick markings), and the slightly asymmetric seconds hand that looks like it’s slicing through time.

The watch body comes with a slightly outwardly drafted design that is just angular enough to feel different and look different.

Designed to embody Scandinavian simplicity and symmetry, Nordgreen’s watch body comes in classic colors too, ranging from silver, to rose gold, to even a bronze-ish gun metal. Paired with interchangeable tanned Italian leather straps, designer Jakob Wagner ensures that the watches adhere to the highest standards of quality, craftsmanship, and style.

The crown is at the 3 o’clock position and the body made from 316L stainless steel, commonly found in the best watches, and the watch houses a Japanese Quartz Movement.

The Native Watch

The Native watches are about balance. Chief designer, Jakob Wagner, wanted to bring the Native back to the founding routes of a watch with a brilliantly classic look which has been redefined for the modern being.

The elevated design is a result of the rounded case. The clean dial, subtle, light grey minute mark, and rounded lugs define the watches classic intentions.

The Infinity Watch

The Infinity watch is inspired by the evolution of nature, removing the complexities that modern civilizations have brought to Earth. Pure simplicity has been arrived at by leaving just the essentials, represented by the removal of the lugs, the date, and the fine detail of the hourly marks. While the deep curvature of the dial reminds us of infinite time and space, affirmed by the extended hourly marks that glide up to the edge of the dial.

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Ziiiro’s Horizon tells time using artistic compositions

Yanko Design has, since the very beginning, been a fan of Ziiiro’s watches. Back in 2011, Ziiiro made waves with their watches that flipped classical watch design on its head. Deviating from the hands, numerals, subdials, and just the boring notion that watches needed to have the aforementioned elements, Ziiiro founded the movement that fused time-telling with abstract art, because watch faces and hands are just elements of form and space. They could literally be interpreted in any other way… and Ziiiro’s watches as a result of that creative spark, have looked like time-telling album-art.

The Horizon watch uses a gradient and line to create new compositions that tell time. Keeping the watch’s face circular, and its straps in a solid color, the watch’s body forms a perfect canvas to the face that tells time but tells art too. Without any perceivably functional element on the watch face, numerals either, the watch does a pretty neat job of creating compositions with meaning. The gradient dial tells the hour while the white hand gives you an indication of the minutes. Their orientations form new compositions with every passing minute (although I can’t begin to think how wonderful a second-hand would look too!), forming a watch that’s as abstract as time itself!

Designer: Ziiiro

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Pocket Watch: It’s 12:30. I know.

The Millennium Falcon is one of the most iconic ships in the Star Wars universe that was a character in its own right. Han and Chewie flew that ship all over the place and got up to all sorts of scoundrel business in it. If you need to tell time and want to do it with something other than an everyday wrist watch or smartphone, here is the ticket – a Millennium Falcon pocket watch from Accutime.

 

The image isn’t clear, but I assume the top of the Falcon pops open to reveal the hands of the watch inside. It’s set to ship in April for $15.99. I wouldn’t expect it to keep time all that well for the money, but Star Wars fans will still love it. You can preorder it now at Entertainment Earth.