Timex unveils ‘Watch of the Future’ winners

A paper-thin watch that can be peeled from a roll and stuck anywhere. A timepiece that measures how much energy you consume—earning or costing you free time. A watch with a 3D changing face. These are the grand prize winners in the global “Timex 2154: Future of Time” competition to design the “watch of the future.”

Timex, the best-selling watch brand in the United States, is celebrating its 150th anniversary. As part of that, and to show its commitment to design and innovation, Timex, in association with Core77, a leading on-line site for industrial design, earlier this year launched the worldwide contest. It asked designers to create what they think “personal and portable timekeeping” in the year 2154 will do and look like.

The winning designs were unveiled Sept. 28 in New York City, and will eventually be put on permanent exhibit at Timex’s TimExpo Museum in Waterbury, Conn.

Over 3,700 entries from 72 countries were received. The contest had three categories: wrist-based, wearable and conceptual. One grand prize and three runners-up were selected in each. Grand prizewinners received $5,000. The competition was judged by a panel of experts from the design industry, plus officials of Core77 and Timex.

The “Wrist-Based” winner is Cristophe Koch, a French-born designer. His “Time-Aid” watch uses a 3D image-based display system which lets users choose, and change, the watch face from current and historical clocks around the world. It can immediately morph into any representation, from Big Ben to that of a porcelain mantel clock.

The “Wearable” winner is Russian-born Alexey Koptev, for his “Sticker Watch.” His concept features a roll of tape with watches on it, from which a user can tear off a perforated segment and attach it to any surface. The Sticker Watch, which shows time and date, has no control buttons and begins working as soon as it is applied to a surface.

The “Conceptual” category winner is actually a team of French design students–Francois Lane, Nicolas Montabone and Francois Gustin. They created “Energistime,” a tentacular object with a simple graph monitor to average daily, weekly and monthly energy useage. “Energistime” indicates when a user is consuming too much energy and producing too much pollution while using energy-consuming products, like a car. Under the concept, 150 years from now, the more energy a user saves, and the less pollution produced, the more free personal time and less work the user gets. The opposite is true if there’s more pollution and more energy used.

All winning entries, runners-up and notable selected entries will be published online at http://core77.com and http://timex.com.