Design submitted by Logan from the USA.
Logan says: “Imagine drawing a line from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock, diving the clock face in two. The Symmetry watch answers the question, “How you can you tell time using only half of the clock face?”
The Symmetry display is an always-on color LCD (blue background, black segments), with an aluminium screen on top with holes over the LCD segments. The right half shows the 5-minute segments — blue in the 1 o’clock position means :05. Since the right half only shows the clock positions from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock, though, how can you display 55 minutes? The answer is to invert the display, so that blue is in all the right-hand positions EXCEPT for 1 o’clock. Similarly, the left half shows the hours — blue in the 9 o’clock position means 9:, but blue in all left-hand positions EXCEPT for 9 o’clock means 3:. The idea is to use the reflection symmetry of the clock circle when the LCD display is inverted. So, instead of needing one circle for hours and one circle for 5-minute segments, we can use just half a circle for each. Four smaller segments in the middle indicate +1, +2, +3, or +4 minutes.
Symmetry is perfect for people who like the read-at-a-glance nature of traditional clocks. Normal clock positions are used to tell the time and the display is always on. Easy reading with a mental twist. Symmetry is an example of innovating the watch display without adding unnecessary complexity.”