I enjoyed this post by Jack Forster about twilight and dusk on the Apple Watch Solar Face, one of the rare occasions when the Apple design team exploit the 24-hour analog dial.
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At their recent WorldWide Developers Conference, Apple again showed that they quite like the 24 hour watch face. Again, though, they’re not 100% convinced that the world is ready to tell the time on a 24-hour dial. This is as close as they’re going to get, this year at least:
It’s their new “solar face”, showing the position of the sun in the sky, (like a good old-fashioned medieval astronomical clock). They’ve also kept a 12-hour dial just to help you switch over to the 24 hour dial.
They already use the less error-prone design on current watches for selecting alarm times (when it’s important not to confuse 12am with 12pm:
But if you want a more modern display suitable for your modern lifestyle, there’s a new iOS app that brings the 24 hour dial to your phone and your wrist. The app is called Circa, and it’s very well done.
Here’s the iPhone app:
The coloured rings are the “office hours” for the time zone: you can change the names and hours for each one. You can add more cities easily. Notice the short white bars around the edge: these are the appointments taken automatically from your Calendar (if you give permission, of course!). The developer lives in Kiev, I think!
You can touch and move the single hour hand around, to find exact conversions between local and other time zones. You can also create new calendar events.
The Apple Watch app installs automatically when you install the iPhone app, and it’s more or less equivalent in functionality.
It also lets you move the hour hand around (with your finger or using the digital crown) to see equivalent times in other zones. You can also add Circa as a complication on the other Apple watch faces.
The developer of Circa is Kostiantyn Zuiev.
(See also an earlier post looking at Alex Komarov’s development of an iPhone app.)
For 2019, the prolific Svalbard Watch company have just added even more models to their already extensive range of limited edition collectible 24-hour watches:
The 10 new models are:
Top Row: Barentsburg (AA31) Elementary (AA28) Meridian (AA25) Neoteric (AA30)
Second Row: Noonday (AA17E) Radiobolger (AA26) Regulator(AF14) Singly (AA29)
Third Row: Solfestuka (AA12) Utstrale (AA27)
New and previous models (and explanations of some of the names) are available at the official Svalbard tax-free store. You can use the code “24HOURTIME24” to get a 7% discount.
The Svalbard Watch company have added more models to their extensive range of 24-hour watches:
Top row: Antikken | Solefstuka | Sol Og Mane
Middle row: Regulator | Noonday | Isbjornen
Bottom row: Enkel | Discoverer | Arctic
New and previous models are available at the official Svalbard tax-free store. You can use the code “24HOURTIME24” to get a 7% discount.
The 24 hour watch fans at the AAA watch club make the beautiful Forté collection of real 24 hour watches. Here is the Forté ALPHA model, 24HR-ALPHA-24S, with 24 at the top of the dial (yes, they also make them with “00” and “12” at the top!) in varying sizes. Also shown here is the luminous night vision view.
Use the following coupon code at the checkout to obtain a 10% discount off the price of these watches:
The Svalbard Watch company have just added more models to their already extensive range of 24-hour watches:
The two regulator designs show the hour hand in the top small dial, with 12 at the very top; the large hand is the minute indicator. This design, once used on precision clocks, is based on the sensible idea that you probably already know what the hour is, and are looking at your watch more to get some idea of the precise minute.
A description of all new models is available on the official Svalbard website. You can use the code “24HOURTIME24” to get a 7% discount.
The Svalbard Watch company have added more models to their already extensive range of 24-hour watches:
On the top row: Antikken-AA21B, Elementary-AA20B, and Glacier-AA19B.
On the bottom row: Militaer-Pilot-AA18B, Noonday-AA17C, Sol-Og-Mane-AA16C, and Sol-Og-Mane-AA16D.
A description of all new models is available on the official Svalbard website: http://svalbard.watch
New and previous models are available at the official tax-free store.
Use the code “24HOURTIME24” to obtain a 7% discount. Please let everyone know what you think of these watches!
Today’s the Winter Solstice in the UK, and the sun was visible for about 6 hours. Up in Svalbard, Latitude 78°13′N, longitude 15°38′E, though, the sun hasn’t risen for weeks, and won’t be seen again by anybody living there until February 15, 2018.
The Svalbard Company’s watches are inspired by the beautiful, extreme and challenging landscapes of Svalbard and are valued more for their elaborate artistry, aesthetic appeal and fashionable design than for simple timekeeping. The Svalbard company has released new models for 2018:
These new models (and previous ones) are available on the official tax-free store. Use the discount code “24HOURTIME24” to obtain a 7% discount.
Times are good for lovers of 24-hour watches. Here’s a new collection from one of our favourite watch suppliers, No-Watch, which has just been launched on Indiegogo.
Visit the Indiegogo page to make sure you reserve your choices and guarantee early delivery.
One of the models is the “Nigra Turo”:
This is a copy of the 24-hour dial on the lower clock on the Nigra Turo or Černa věž (the Black Tower) located in Klatovy city in the Czech Republic; “black” because it’s been burnt several times since it was built in 1557. Details are scarce, but some sources suggest that one of the clocks was designed by famous Czech inventor and engineer Josef Božek (1782-1835) during the early 19th century. The current dial bears the date 1924: this may be a new or repaired clock, or perhaps just the dial was renovated.
Here are some more watches from No-Watch:
For November 2016, use coupon code 8UB2KH2DI0J2 on checkout for a discount.
With 11 days to go, there’s still time to fund this Kickstarter project and get a limited edition 24 hour watch:
From the blurb:
… #YOURTIME is a 24-hour watch. The dial shows the anti-meridian (am) hours on the left hand side and the post-meridian (pm) hours on the right hand side. The zenith for the sun is reached at 12:00 and is at the top of the dial as indicated by the applied silver sun icon. Most of the commercially available 24-hour wristwatches are based on a 0-23 or 1-24 numbering system and do not show all numbers (they mix numbers and marks). On the other hand Todd & Marlon watches are based on the Double-XII system and all hours are clearly indicated – remarkably this is the only readily available double-XII watch in the market.
Thanks to this design Todd & Marlon have combined the best of two worlds. #YOURTIME watches offer all the benefits of a 24-hour watch and at the same time they still have a close reference to the way people talk about timing while clearly indicating the time. Most people still refer to time on a 12 hour scale making reference to a.m. vs p.m. or morning vs evening. In other words #YOURTIME watches talk the language of the bulk of people while offering them the benefit of a 24 hour watch. On top, the clearly indicated hours and minutes/seconds can facilitate the move from a 12 hour based system to the 24 hour system.