biegert & funk: qlocktwo W wristwatch
biegert & funk: qlocktwo W wristwatch biegert & funk: qlocktwo W wristwatch
apr 11, 2012

biegert & funk: qlocktwo W wristwatch

the ‘qlocktwo W’ wristwatch by biegert & funk

german design studio biegert & funk have just released the ‘qlocktwo W‘, a wristwatch version of their series which replaces the number displays of timepieces with a word-search-like screen with illuminated text. designboom first covered the ‘qlocktwo’ design in this original 2010 article when the company exhibited its wall clock at ICFF new york. now, ‘qlocktwo W’ adapts the same format to the scale of a wristwatch, 35 by 35 by 7 millimeters. the 110-letter grid remains blank until the user presses a stainless steel button, in which case words light up to describe the time: ‘it is ten past one’; ‘it is a quarter to four’.

‘qlocktwo W’ is expected to be available in autumn 2012 with black or steel casing (and black leather or rubber strap) in english or german. also already in production in a greater range of languages are the original ‘qlocktwo‘ wall model and ‘touch‘, a desktop alarm clock.

detail on display, german

production process behind the ‘qlocktwo’ wall clock on which the ‘W’ wristwatch model is based see more about the ‘qlocktwo’ wall clock in this 2010 designboom original article

  • YES!

    dbkii says:
  • this is hard to dislike and also hard to like. I understand the wall clock, it makes sense and one has time to read. But a wristwatch needs to be read quickly at a glance and this cannot. Therefore it becomes a novelty destined for a drawer, not the wrist. This is exactly the problem of Tokyo Flash watches, too. We can recall the recent door knob competition in which one of the main rules was that submitted designs could not be such that brain work or behavioral changes were required to operate the door knob. Everyone knows that in the end simplicicty works best. Im all for design evolution when the newer idea makes time-keeping even more simple than the last guy\’s most simple design. Therefore quocktwo is evolution in the wrong direction.

    charles says:
  • i disagree with the last comment. who said watches need to be read quickly at a glance? and who said this watch can not be read quickly at a glance? there are so many

    i don’t see how reading the time on this watch would take any longer than reading the time on a traditional watch. even if it did take a second longer, would that be so much of an inconvenience to warrant the watch obsolete?

    adam says:
  • it initiates a re-consideration of time

    meagain says:
  • I think a wristwatch has become a non-functional piece of equipement, since we gather the time from our cellphones in any case. Accordingly the re-invention of what this item is and should be is relavant as it is worn for reasons other than the purely functional. In that way, ease-of use and functionality do not form part of the critical discourse.

    Christiaan says:
  • I like your point Christiaan, and I agree with you about the project, but I disagree with you in what you wrote. If you have a wristwatch you don’t need to pull out a cell phone. And design should always be functional.

    Anyway in the end I do agree with what you say about that people use watches as an aesthetic or personal choice more than a functional need now so that should at least be an equally important concern to functionality.

    Also for what its worth I like this design a lot.

    Rado says:

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