I first learned of the big hand and the little hand, and what all their relative positions mean back in kindergarten, but as a child of digital technology I’m ashamed to admit that when confronted with ye olde analog watch, I sometimes get a bit bamboozled. Especially the fancy watches that don’t have any numbers, at which point I have been known to remark The time?
Oh its … er … it’s about 135 degrees between the big hand and the little hand, that’s for sure.’ I have little patience for designs that favour form over function, like this Jolly Roger pirate watch: a stylish but incomprehensible addition to any pirate-themed wardrobe.
Instead of the traditional axes at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, the bones of the traditional ‘skull-and-crossbones’ mark out the hours of 2, 4, 8 and 10. The blood spatter marks out the hours and minutes, although not very well.
12 o’clock? Or perhaps just an accidental punch in the nose.
Despite some obvious design flaws, I’ll admit that I know quite a few people who would wear this watch, given half a chance, if only for the opportunity to say ‘Aaar, matey … it be a quarter past high noon, thanks fer askin’’ in public while I pretend not to know them or even acknowledge their existence. But if the reason you wear a watch is merely to tell the time, this is perhaps not for you.
The watch is currently not in production; but you can vote on whether or not you would buy it at the tokyoflash website, which showcases some pretty cool abstract watch designs and products.
For more cool clock designs, check out the 24 geekiest clocks ever made, or these 18 Extraordinary Horological Machines and Timepieces. For my personal favourite meld of form and function, have a look at the aspiral wall clock, a truly inoovative design that is beautiful as well as being intuitively readable.