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Time in 3D Pins Watch Design

Design submitted by Peter from UK.

The idea for this watch design was inspired by the executive pin art toy where metal pins make a 3D representation of any object pushed into them.

When the sides of the rubber bracelet are squeezed (no visible buttons), pins on the front face are actuated/animated.  The pins stick out to create a 3D representation of either a digital or analog time display.  The pins could also be illuminated for extra clarity.

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44 thoughts on “Time in 3D Pins Watch Design”

  1. love it. i don’t know how practical it is to make it, but it’s pretty cool. i would use the digital setting for sure, and i love the option for illuminating the pins – especially at night or in the dark. 5*/YES!!!!!!!!!!!! from me if it’s possible to be made. :D

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    1. Im glad you like it Heather, I wasn’t sure how this one would be recieved. Made my day (so far) hehe
      Thanks for your comment and vote :)

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  2. This is surely a conversation starter for ladies. I’m not a lady, so not sure, but since Heather likes it, I guess its probably a good flashing watch for woman. For analog time, you need to put smaller and extra pins.

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    1. I agree this one is more likly to appeal to Ladies. I agree that a higher resolution (smaller and more pins) would be better for both display styles, but I figured I was pushing what is possible already.
      Thanks for the feedback! :)

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  3. very good design, the problem is this watch is gonna be very fragile with the tendency to lose pieces over time, could be designed to use Electromagnetism to move the parts.

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  4. Besides minor issues (TF would take care of clasp and a protective frame and covering glass) and the bigger issue of feasability (I can also be utopic, so I don’t make a big deal of it here, hehehe) I love this watch! I have a pin art board here for ages and it was fascinating when I was a teen and it’s still wonderful to look at. I support this design cause it’s basically simple and unlike any watch design I saw before.

    The digital time is cool. If it cannot be made with light, it’s still awesome. Battery life… Changing states of electromanets is not much more energy draining than changing states of liquid chrystals I think… I hope :) Maybe the time hasn’t to be changed everytime. Maybe the last shown time stays until a button is pressed. An invisible one, hehehe.

    The analog time would only work/look good in definite times. I also tried a hexagonal grid based analog time and it’s not always this clear…

    Anyway, design has no barriers, only production has. I like the design and it’s worth to be pulled into reality.

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    1. I was hoping if it ws possible to have the pins exposed so you could also feel the time, might be beneficial to people with limited eye sight etc. I went down the rubber bracelet route but with have to issues with a clasp or more traditional strap. Hopefully TF have ways and means of making these kinds of things possibe.
      Thanks for the support and the critique Sam :)

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  5. Wow this is different (again) Pete you like to do unusual don’t you? Very funky, I can see this appealing to Women, looks a bit like jewelry. 5* and Yes

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    1. I try to be a little different, getting the balance between different and disireable is tricky. I’m glad you like it.
      Thanks for the vote and the comment Dek :)

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  6. I love this one, right up my street. Looks like a bracelet untill you need the time. Just needs a few more colour/material options! 5 * and Yessssss!

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    1. I will do a couple more renderings in different materials and add them to my FB page (PF Design) Click on my yellow name to link straight to it. Thanks for the feedback CLP :)

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  7. Pete, I like the originality of the reading, but I also like the look when it is finalized, it helps to better see the finished project and I know you’re capable of doing, like last time.
    5 * and yes, pending the marketable version .. with closing etc

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  8. This is really unique, this in black would be awesome!
    a clasp would be nice too. Apart from that very cool 5 and Yes

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    1. Thankyou Cole, I’ll do a black version when I do some more renderings and post them on my FB page (PF Design) Cheers for the vote. :)

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  9. Unique idea for sure! I wonder as well about the practicality and battery life but if those things weren’t an issue this would would make for a very awesome watch! Well done! 5* and YES.

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  10. I think, as a concept, this watch would be brilliant. As far as logistics; that’s for engineers, not designers.
    This watch speaks to its inspiration and has a fresh look.
    Concept and design: 5* and Yes.

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    1. Im glad you like the concept, hopefully TF’s engineers have a few tricks up their sleeves! hehe
      Thanks for the comment and the vote Xenagogue! :)

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    1. Well, you just push a little Pete in the wind direction and design and opened out design.
      It’s really good that way!

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      1. hahaha, I lure you in with mediocre images and then bait you with better on my site!
        I wish I was that clever! hehe
        Thanks a lot for looking Patrick :)

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  11. I also doubt the practicality but adore the design too. Although it looks like a girl’s bracelet, I would be tempted to but it. Great idea!

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    1. Yeah I think it does probably appeal more to Women, did you see the other colour varients on my fb page (PF Design) they may be more appealing to guys. Im glad you like and thanks for the comments.

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    1. Hi Sally, Check out my fb page (PF Design) click on my yellow name to link straight there, I did a few different colour versions that are not on the blog.
      I’m glad you like it, thanks for the vote! :D

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    1. Hi Clare,

      Im glad you like it! Time is short for this entry so if you know anyone else who would be interested in this design, all votes and comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks :)

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  12. I just don’t see this watch as a “watch” I like the idea and as a tf collector with many watches in my possession I don’t see this one being one I would pursue. Just my opinion. The expression less is more should be thought of more when thinking of concepts for these watches. Take the “pimp” models for examples. Very simple and classy and yet one of the top watches yet to be compared with.

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    1. Its perhaps not for everyone, seems to appeal more to the ladies. You also have to bare in mind that at this stage these are rough concepts that if chosen for development may well be tweaked and re-interpreted into a form that may appeal more to the majority. I personally am not a fan of the pimp models, but that is a personal taste matter. I thankyou for your honest comment. :)

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  13. This entry is about to dissapear into oblivion,
    so all thats left to do is thank everyone who voted, commented or shared.
    Hopefully TF have seen some potential in this concept/principle.

    Kind Regards

    Pete form the UK :)

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