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Missing-Middle Chronometers

O-Ring Has a Void in its Center, From Which Time Typically Revolves

— January 31, 2014 — Fashion
The O-Ring Watch displays the hour in an updated analog manner with markings that cycle its face; however, digital technology is what makes this timepiece tick and your immediate clue might be the absence of the dial's middle.

Eugeni Quitllet's concept for Fossil has a shiny silver circumference that with a smaller ring to define the circular gap in the center. The face of the watch comprises a fairly thin loop around which digital black markings revolve. As 3, 6, 9 and 12 are approached, the O-Ring Watch reveals the numeral as a negative to assist you in discerning the hour. Once a full 60 minutes has passed, the chronograph switches from black to white once more to restart the count at noon and midnight.
Trend Themes
1. Analog-digital Hybrid Watches - Opportunity to create watches that combine traditional analog displays with digital technology for enhanced functionality and design.
2. Negative Space Design - Potential for innovative product designs that make creative use of negative space to create unique and visually striking aesthetics.
3. Dynamic Markings and Revolving Faces - Innovation opportunity to develop watches with dynamic markings and revolving faces that provide a visually engaging way to tell time.
Industry Implications
1. Watchmaking - The watchmaking industry can explore and capitalize on the analog-digital hybrid trend to create innovative timepieces that appeal to tech-savvy consumers.
2. Product Design - Designers can leverage the negative space design trend to create visually captivating products that stand out in the market.
3. Fashion Accessories - The fashion accessories industry can introduce dynamic marking watches with revolving faces to offer customers unique and stylish timepieces.
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