All the watch craftsmen nowadays try to amaze customers by creating watches with different moving parts, new displays and more luxurious elements than before, but we know that something has to change. The change comes in the new watch concept created by Carl Allen. He didn’t change the shape of the watch, he changed the content and the way it displays the time. He named his concept as Mechanized Digital. The simple design, the contemporary shape we are all used to and the beautiful way all these elements are linked together, impress, but the face of the watch creates the element of surprise. The face of the watch is composed of digits, each digit is composed of seven panels. The element of surprise is by taking a traditional feature of a watch, the digital face and manipulating it to function in a non traditional way, in this case the face is able to change its shape.
Designer : Carl Allen
To create digits on the face of the watch, the panels recess, revealing contrasting sidewalls, which create the outline of a digit. Thus a surprise is created by manipulating something that is traditionally immobile to physically move. The watch comes in 2 different models, a rectangle shaped wrist watch, showing large numbers just as a digital watch and a circle shaped wrist watch that has been designed as an analog. The face of the watch consists of the same layout of panels. In the analog watch, the minutes are displayed in the center of the watch, the hours are in the same layout of a traditional watch, consisting of the same recessing panels. The right side of the watch has a light button, the light comes in different colours to match the users style.
The Mechanized Digital watch truly is amazing regarding the use of components, time display, simplicity and design. I really hope it will hit the market one day, this would definitely open new frontiers in watch design. The designer, Carl Allen, used his imagination, his creativity, and his design knowledge to create a masterpiece which shows that the ability of the human brain to create something better, is endless.