I like the idea of a circular 12-5-9 watch because it looks cryptic and familiar at the same time. Inspired by the possibilities of colored LCD (Kisai 3D Unlimited), I made this colorful RBG LCD concept.
The time is told by the amount of radial (cake piece shaped) segments on a circular display. Big red segments tell the hours 1-12. The end of each display corresponds to an analog watch hand. So if it ends at the right position for example, it’s 3h. Smaller green segments show the 10-minute increments 1-5. To fill up the display, the fifth green segment is not 1/12 of the circle but the size of the remaining part until the 12h position. The smallest radial segments are blue and tell the single minutes 1-9. Here again, the last segment is bigger to complete the circle. Each LCD layer can be made in another color of course. The different sized segments create a nice irregularity, but not only these. Each radial segment consists of a varying amount of circular segments. This allows a) diversion throughout the day b) alternative display layouts (check “inside out” and “outside in” in the images) and c) cool animations. The amount of circular segments is irrelevant for time telling – it’s just for entertainment.
The time telling is a mix of counting and remembering an analog watch display and should work easily after some days although the display looks cryptic at first glance. Next to the cryptic look stands the colorful artistic look – there are many many different appearances possible depending on color, size, amount and layout of the segments.
Design by Samuel Jerichow [via]