Hour of Color

This is my 16th design, and a fun piece.  Aside from its intriguing time-telling method—my trademark—the dial absolutely explodes with color.  It is a kaleidoscope on the wrist.  Please study the diagram below to best understand how the time-telling works.

Scan 132230001The watch has two hands: minute (thick black)  and second (thin black).  Both move around the dial and function in a traditional way.  But what about the hour of the day?  Ahh…there’s the rub!

The dial is divided into an inner ring of 12 colors, and an outer ring of the same 12 colors. (Follow closely here.)  A given color on the outer ring also appears on the inner ring 180 degrees apart, or on the opposite side of the dial.  The inner ring represents AM time, the outer ring PM time.

The minute hand holds the key to determining the proper hour.  When Pusher A is depressed, the minute hand blinks one of the colors on the dial. The wearer must then match that color to the dial color, whose position will indicate the hour of the day.  Voila!

ex. #1:  If the minute hand is blinking gray, the hour is either 12 midnight or 6 PM.
ex. #2:  If the minute hand is blinking green, the hour is either 9AM or 3 PM.
(The wearer would easily know which of the two times is appropriate.)

I know what you’re thinking at this point: If there is no alarm function (which there isn’t), why in heaven’s name is there a need for two rings—AM and PM??  Just have the dial divided into 12 equal sections, like a birthday cake for 12 guests.  The wearer can easily determine if it is 12 AM or 12 PM.  Yes, absolutely—but where’s the fun in that?  A watch should be more than the simplest way to tell time.  For that you have a cell phone or tablet or pager….  It should be a conversation piece, a challenge.  At best, let it confound the onlooker.  By having an outer and inner ring of colors, the dial becomes much more fascinating.

The case of the watch is necessarily oversized—perhaps 50-52mm across, to comfortably accommodate the 24 color segments of the dial, which can be done in a choice of materials.  As mentioned, pusher A displays the hour by blink-lighting the minute hand (LED).  Pusher B sets the hour time (LED color that will flash on the minute hand).  The crown functions traditionally, setting the minute hand to the correct minute.

There is no date function.


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