With the market as saturated as it is, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd when it comes to timepieces. But Optik Instruments have done something quite rare and found a way to be genuinely innovative. Swiss accuracy meets progressive design with their Horizon, a watch which shows time through a two-tone dial disc which rotates once every 24 hours.
No clever mounting systems or digital displays and no high-concept binary scales to learn. The Horizon watch by Optik is just intuitive, clever design. It doesn’t display time second by second, or even minute by minute. Instead, it shows the main waypoints in each hour; quarter-past, half-past and quarter-to the hour.
It does so through its distinctive two-tone composite dial that rotates once every 24 hours, with the centre line representing the transition from day to night – hence the name. According to Optik, the Horizon can be read in any of 3 ways: either by the horizon position; by the main hour and half-hour way-points for a closer reading; or by using the red reference markings to gauge a precise time.
The Horizon comes in four different styles/colourways, each of which features a 316L stainless steel case which is said to resemble ‘an ocean rolled pebble’. The case on the watch blends seamlessly in to the domed sapphire crystal with AR coating, and is attached to the wrist by a 20mm black silicone strap.
Made from a composite material, the disc within the Horizon is precision made for balance. Heat is not an issue, nor is weight either, and the internal bezel around the dial also protects the disc from impacts. Optik says that the watch comes with a standard power reserve longevity of 45 months, and it’s designed for daily use with a 100m water resistance.
The Optik Horizon Watch is currently being funded over at Kickstarter where, with a week or so to go, the timepiece has already beaten its target. Head over to the Kickstarter Website now where prices start at £239 or over to the Optik Instruments Website for more info. Deliveries are expected in September 2018.
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