Sure you have a nice analog watch for special occasions. And you have a digital watch or a fitness tracker for more physical pursuits. You may even have succumbed to the smartwatch craze lately, just because.
But everyone should have a least one watch that is simply worn to start a conversation. A watch that asks more from your brain every time you look at it. A watch that tells time in a foreign time-telling language.
We have gathered the following nine watches for you consideration. Time pieces that break the mold for how a watch face will look back at you when you look at it
Ziiiro Saturn Digital Watch
Saturn’s unique digital display rides through time by propelling its hour and minute through black segments. The hour can be deciphered from its outer ring of 12 segments and minute from inner ring of 60 segments. This futuristic piece comes with a stainless steel casing and 24 mm stainless steel mesh strap.
Projects Watch: Free Time
The rings on this watch each move with different rotational speeds to indicate the time. The three concentric circles rotate clockwise with each gap in the circle communicating the precise time. The hour, minute and seconds are defined by the outer, middle and inner rings respectively. The Free Time is made of stainless steel, has a mesh band and is water-resistant to 100 ft.
Nava Watch – Ora Unica
The Ora Unica has a squiggly line instead of hands, with one end marking the hours and the other the minutes. At first glance it seems impossible that this single line can have two ends that move independently, but its secret is that there are actually two lines, each printed on a transparent circular disc.
Slow “Jo” One Hand Watch
The slow watch is made in Switzerland and has only one hand that rotates once every 24 hours. It actually moves at half the speed of a normal watch. It uses a Swiss 24 hour GMT movement and is housed in a 100 meter water resistant case made of stainless steel with a raised K1 mineral glass with anti-reflective coating.
Projects Watch: Past, Present & Future
Cooly minimal and warmly conceptual the Past, Present & Future watch has a window at the top showing rotating minutes and hours for the the present time while keeping the past and future tucked away. The case is solid stainless steel and is water-resistant to 100ft. The watch is 40mm diameter with a silicone black band.
Bergmann Watch: CIGA Design 009
A Red Dot Design Award winner this watch has two slim hands that extend across the diameter of the dial. The two equally long hour and minute hands create visually appealing crossover effects over the course of the day. According to the Red Dot Jury, “Its aesthetics convey exclusivity and a straightforward character.”
Projects Watch: Twirler
The Twirler has a plated stainless steel case with a push and pull crown and a black leather strap with a buckle clasp. The black dial features stick hour markers and white pencil shaped floating hands. Powered by a quartz movement, this timepiece has a mineral crystal and is water resistant to 30 meters.
ZIIIRO Mercury Watch
The Mercury displays time in a simple and unique way. The tip of the inner swirl represents the current hour, while the outer swirl displays the minutes, with a continuous gradient movement showing the passing through time. It has a 24mm stainless steel mesh band, quartz analog movement and is water resistant to 100 feet.
Projects ‘Till Watch
The inner dial of this watch spins as it reveals word phrases such as “Exactly” “Quarter Past” and “5 Till” Made of stainless steel this watch actually uses word to tell time, so it’s not just 10:50, it’s “Ten Till Ten.” It’s not merely 12:30, it’s “Half past Twelve.”