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.
Visit Hodinkee.com for the article.
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 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 Equilibrium collection is made in titanium with an anti-glare sapphire crystal. It has an ana-digit construction, which means that it combines a Swiss analog hand movement with a proprietary digital display and programming. A powerful chip using complex solar and lunar algorithms enabling a more comprehensive time data capability than found in any other watch.
Here is a listing of what it has to offer:
Visit YES Solunar Wrist Watches for more information.
A new company called Svalbard offers both one and many-handed 24 hour watches.
These watches are inspired by beautiful, extreme and challenging landscapes of Svalbard and are valued more for their elaborate artistry, aesthetic appeal and fashionable design than for simple timekeeping.
It is time for you to enjoy the exclusive features of the unusual and rare watches. Make a difference and create that aura of uniqueness around yourself by getting one or more of the unusual and individually numbered and unique timepiece.
Visit the the official Svalbard Tax-Free Store and use the code “24HOURTIME24” at checkout to obtain a 7% discount.
New models from the AAA Watch Club‘s Forté Collection have been released, with improvements and changes requested by customers, including larger numbers and a waterproof strap option. As usual, there are both 0 at the top and 24 at the top versions:
They have also revamped their 1000 Series, with new silicone straps, a slightly curved double dome glass for super resistance to breaking and a slightly thicker case.
There are 24 hours in a day – make them count!
slow is not a speed. It’s a mindset that most of us somehow lost.
This is the sales pitch from the Slow Watch company.
It’s a nice one-handed Swiss-made quartz watch, with a range of designs costing from about 200 UK pounds upwards.
From Mr Jones watches, another 24 hour watch, this time one aimed at international travellers. The Time Traveler watch shows the time in 16 different locations of the world at the same time. The time in Paris? Look fo the Eiffel Tower. New York? Find the Statue of Liberty.
UTC -8 Golden Gate Bridge (USA)
UTC -7 Salt Lake Temple (USA)
UTC -6 Sears Tower (USA)
UTC -5 The Statue of Liberty (USA)
UTC Big Ben (England)
UTC +1 Eiffel Tower (France)
UTC +2 Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkey)
UTC +3 Abraj Al-Bait Towers (Saudi Arabia)
UTC +4 Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
UTC +5 Minar-e-Pakistan
UTC +6 Alma-Ata TV Tower (Kazakhstan)
UTC +7 Baiyoke Tower II (Thailand)
UTC +8 Oriental Pearl Tower (China)
UTC +9 Tokyo Skytree (Japan)
UTC +10 Sydney Tower (Australia)
UTC +12 Sky Tower (New Zealand)
It’s another limited edition, so hurry before they sell out. Visit the Mr Jones Web site for details.
A few more 24 hour iPhone applications are appearing in the iTunes App Store. If you want to check any of these out, let me know how they work – I have no idea.
Here’s a familiar sight: the famous Shepherd Gate Clock at Greenwich, London. The Shepherd Gate Clock (this link is a link to the App Store) costs a modest dollar. I’m assuming that this is a genuine 24 hour analog clock. The time here is 20:10. It’s going to look a bit odd at midnight, with that sunlit brick wall…
This next one is a puzzle. It’s called iWatch, and it features an attractive rendering of three watches, including this Patek Phillippe watch with a 24 hour rotating dial. What looks like the hour hand is really the minute hand, and what looks like the minute hand is really the second hand. So the time on this picture is about 04:18:49.
(I’m not a big fan of the design, to be honest. The map is coarse, and that font isn’t attractive.) The real puzzle, though, is why this app is suddenly no longer available on the App Store, now that I want to provide a link to it.
The next app, nHands Clock, is a useful clock that lets you add as many hours hands as you like, with colour and labels of your choice. It’s a clever way of showing you the different time zones of people you know:
Finally, this excellent app is called 25h:
The idea is simple:
Feeling overstretched? 24 hours in a day is not enough? Then 25h is a clock for you.
Trick yourself into having 25 hours in a day. Get things done faster and have an extra “hour” for yourself.
Note that 25h does not modify time–space continuum (or your biological clock) to give you an extra hour. It simply makes the rest of your hours appear a little shorter so that enough time is saved for an additional shorter “hour” at the end of the day.
I know some people who set their watches fast – this is an interesting alternative.