Modern Times

A stimulus for a new age

Time is Money. This quote, dating back to the early age of industrialisation, is more contemporary than ever. Our social structures accelerated dramaticly since the start of the 19th century causing massive problems like stress related illnesses or social phenomenas like alienation. Do we need a new understanding of time? How could one look like? How would it affect the design of watches and clocks? Modern Times abandons seamingly rigid clock design conventions and frees itself from the obsolet symbolism of contemporary watches. Through questioning classic watch design, Modern Times encourages us rethink our personell realtion to time. 

 

Our understanding of time changed many times during the ages and often interacted closely with social norms. Too, the design of clocks mirrored these ideas often. Today, our understanding of time is first a economical one. Time is Money. This idea dates back to the beginning of industrialisation in the early 19th century. Since then, our lives and social structures accelerated massively, leading to various problems ranking from stress related illnesses to social phenomenas like alienation. 

Do we need a new concept of time? How could one look like? How would it affect the design of watches and clocks? Modern Times abandons seamingly rigid clock design conventions and frees itself from the obsolet symbolism of contemporary watches. Through questioning classic watch design, Modern Times encourages us rethink our personell relation to time. 

The time, symbolized by a lightdot, runs around the wrist. One cycle equals one day, while the vertex is midday. Opposite to it, where the wristband is joined lies middnight. The LED, a methaphoric sun, changes its color during the day from a warm golden midday light to a cool blueish neon light at midnight. 

© 2020 By Lukas Heintschel.