Samsung Gear S3 Watch Dial Design Competition Winners

Samsung Gear S3 Watch Dial Design Competition Winners


Samsung Gear S3 Watch Dial Design Competition Winners Announcements


In February, we launched a design competition for people keen to develop animated digital dials for smartwatches – namely the Samsung Gear S3. Five winners would get a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, and one of them would also get $500 in cash. Further, all entrants will have their dials listed on the Facer platform – a service that allows people to download new dials for their smartwatches.

aBlogtoWatch worked with Facer and Samsung Mobile on this design competition because we’ve seen a general lack in the quality of watch dials being made for smartwatches. Some are great, but most are not so great. In our opinion, while smartwatches need to focus on developing in all areas, design and sex-appeal are the two major issues the smartwatch industry needs to tackle. We hoped that a competition of this nature would help us promote good smartwatch dial design – and help designers understand some of the things we value when it comes to watch dial design.


Samsung Gear S3 Watch Dial Design Competition Winners Announcements


Winner – MbM Aileron 2 Gold by John Morga

Facer told us that about 2,000 Samsung Gear S3 watch dial designs were submitted to them in the several weeks the competition was open. I looked through a wide variety of them and can say that while there is some “gold” out there, a lot of the designers would benefit from understanding what makes traditional dials great and apply them to smartwatch interfaces. The most common mistake I saw was trying to overload a dial with way too much information – so much that legibility is practically destroyed (not to mention processing power).


Samsung Gear S3 Watch Dial Design Competition Winners Announcements


Green Army by Jimmy Cheung

Samsung Gear S3 Watch Dial Design Competition Winners Announcements


Muro by JC Dalisay

A lot of smartwatch designers are still designing “off the wrist.” Meaning that dials are on computer screens and it appears that little to no time is actually spent testing them in wrist watch form, or as utilitarian devices. This novice approach to smartwatch design is something I expect as third-party designers only recently began offering watch dials for smartwatches. This could be a major money-making market in the near future as more open smartwatch platforms make it to people’s wrists, and those watches take a greater role in their individual lifestyles.

Before choosing the winners, we each decided on some finalists and then pooled our opinions. Besides myself, the voting panel included Yvan Arpa – who designed the Samsung Gear S3 case – and some of the top guys at Facer. I’m pretty proud of the winners. What I most look for are high-quality, distinctive and original designs that make the best use out of the medium – a smartwatch dial. These are designs that should match the look of the case, be visually interesting, symmetrical and well-balanced, and also combine the best of what we like about traditional watch design with the opportunities presented by smartwatch design.


Samsung Gear S3 Watch Dial Design Competition Winners Announcements


HUD by TIKTOK

Samsung Gear S3 Watch Dial Design Competition Winners Announcements


Black Revolutions by Harpocrate

You’ll soon be able to download each of these dials for your own Samsung Gear S3 (as well as a few other compatible smartwatch devices). The list of aBlogtoWatch & Facer Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch dial design competition winners are:

  • MbM – Aileron 2 Gold by John Morga
  • Muro by JC Dalisay
  • Green Army by Jimmy Cheung
  • Black Revolutions by Harpocrate
  • HUD by TIKTOK


Samsung Gear S3 Watch Dial Design Competition Winners Announcements


I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the design competition. Thanks also to Facer and Samsung Mobile for helping to make this happen. samsung.com

New Nomos Club Campus Watches Aim For A Young Crowd

New Nomos Club Campus Watches Aim For A Young Crowd


New Nomos Club Campus Watches Aim For A Young Crowd Watch Releases



Written by Praneeth Rajsingh

Known primarily for their minimalist designs, Nomos has always prided itself on being a high-quality, stylish mechanical watch at a price that isn’t unattainable. For Baselworld 2017, the brand is doubling down with the introduction of the Nomos Club Campus watch, based off the Club, Nomos’ current entry-level watch. You can take a guess as to who the target audience is, and Nomos specifically mentions people who have just graduated college and are stepping into the professional world. The appeal hinges on design, the in-house movement, the fact that Nomos is “hip” right now, competetive pricing, and the fact that each caseback allows for a custom engraving.


New Nomos Club Campus Watches Aim For A Young Crowd Watch Releases



New Nomos Club Campus Watches Aim For A Young Crowd Watch Releases


The Nomos Club Campus trio includes a couple different sizes, with the smallest called just the “Nomos Club Campus.” At 36mm, this model has a white silver-plated dial with gray Super-LumiNova numerals and indexes with a red outline – that, being so thin, achieves a pinkish appearance. It is probably safe to say that this would work fine as a ladies’ watch. The Nomos Club 38 Campus is next in line with a 38mm case with white dial and blue Super-LumiNova numerals and indexes, again with a red outline. The “black sheep” of the group, is the Nomos Club 38 Campus Nacht, with Nomos’ signature ruthenium-plated dial with the lume in beige this time and with a blue outline. The only other significant difference is that the 36mm Nomos Club Campus ships with a gray velour strap while the other two 38mm watches ship with an anthracite strap.


New Nomos Club Campus Watches Aim For A Young Crowd Watch Releases



New Nomos Club Campus Watches Aim For A Young Crowd Watch Releases


All three Nomos Club Campus watches are based on the Alpha caliber, a manual-wind, in-house movement also found in the current Club, Tangente, and Tetra models. With 43 hours of power reserve and Nomos’ usual Glashütte finishing on the ¾ mainplate, it’s a classic and tested Nomos movement. Of course, you won’t get to see it, as there’s no exhibition caseback but again, the idea is that you get the caseback engraved. A small but quirky design feature, not unique to Nomos but still cool-looking, is the “California dial,” meaning Arabic numerals in the top half of the dial and Roman numerals in the bottom half.


New Nomos Club Campus Watches Aim For A Young Crowd Watch Releases


Nomos CEO Uwe Ahrendt says the Campus series is essentially being subsidized since the watches target the people who are likely to make up the future customer base of the watch market. There is no word on pricing yet, but all signs point at the Campus series being priced lower than the existing Club, which if true, represents a significant value proposition that is hard to beat. The watches will be available at retailers and Nomos’ online store by the end of the month. nomos-glashuette.com

Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time 5650G Watch

Patek Philippe has released their fifth “Advanced Research” watch, designed to show off the latest innovations and material developments from the brand. The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5650G “Patek Philippe Advanced Research” watch shows off two developments being introduced by the brand: a Spiromax balance spring made of Silinvar (Patek’s proprietary silicon) and a “flexible-mechanism” for the second-time zone settings. Notably, this is the first Patek Philippe watch to have a partially open dial which is probably going to cause pearl-clutching or weary criticism, but Patek wanted to show off the design of the movement and went for it. So, good on them.

The Spiromax dual terminal curve Silinvar balance spring has two terminal curves and an inner boss, which Patek claims results in an overall improvement in isochronism of the balance in vertical orientations. This leads to an accuracy of -1/+2 seconds per day which allegedly marks a performance increase that’s likened to Patek’s tourbillon watches. The actual benefits and effects of the tourbillon aren’t really totally provable, but nonetheless, we get an improvement in accuracy with the new Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time 5650G’s development.

Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time 5650G Watch Watch Releases

Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time 5650G Watch Watch Releases

The second big development is the use of compliant (or: flexible) mechanisms made from steel in the second time-zone setting functions. While this isn’t a new material development, it’s a demonstration of how Patek is aiming to improve on existing mechanisms. Compliant or flexible mechanisms basically means using the elasticity of materials (here that material is stainless steel) to replace mechanisms created by pivots and leaf springs.

Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time 5650G Watch Watch Releases

The new mechanism Patek developed features four crossed leaf springs, one for the corrector button that sets the lever and one for the corrector button for the break that advances the gear rim. These leaf springs cross over each other with 0.15mm of space in between each incredibly thin leaf spring. The benefits here are that assembly is simpler with 12 parts as opposed to 37, 4 screws that result in a faster assembly, flatter 1.24mm silhouette (compared to 1.45mm), and a lubricant-free functionality which improves the overall quality of mechanical operation over time due to a loss of friction.

Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time 5650G Watch Watch Releases

Beyond these developments and the partially open dial, you still have the 18k white gold dual time zone watch that runs on the 324 S C FUS movement used in the non-Advanced Research model as well as pieces like the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. The 40.8mm wide and 11mm thick case is water-resistant to 120m on a night-blue strap.

Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time 5650G Watch Watch Releases

Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time 5650G Watch Watch Releases

I think a lot of people often don’t associate Patek Philippe with materials innovation and research, and the partially openworked dial is almost certainly a conscious design decision aimed at grabbing attention and making the “Advanced Research” designation something more than a quietly introduced development pronouncing the steady but sometimes overlooked dedication of the brand to the continuous improvement of their movements.

Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time 5650G Watch Watch Releases

The Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time 5650G watch is going to be a limited-edition piece of 500 watches. If there are any of these not yet spoken for, they have a price of just around $59,000 each. patek.com