ONE HAND WATCHES
The most common watches leverage three hands of different shape or size to measures the passage of time. The three hands indicate the hour, minutes and seconds. However, there exist many other variations that can help measuring time in different ways (e.g. stopwatches). Among those different types of watches there is one that is very peculiar, the single hand watch. As the name says, this watch has only one hand to measure the passage of time and it generally indicates the hour.
This method of measuring the passage of time is not new. The first clocks, in fact, were indicating only one measure. Think about the sundials, the clepsydra and the hourglass. They all show one single measure. Obviously, it is possible to indicate or read fractions of that measure, but it will not be very precise. The modern one-hand watches are a re-interpretation of that original clocks. So why it is so famous?
There are several reasons why the single hand watches are now more common and requested, but let’s see how it all started. As in fashion, special items are created by daring designers and then used by the so called “early adopters”. Both kind of people are unconventional and are not concerned about being different to stand for something. Overtime, those items might be then adopted by a broader public or abandoned and the outcome depends on many factors. In the case of the one-hand watches the trend is still there and judgmentally, based on the number of new models introduced by the up-and-coming new watch brands, it seems that more people are getting into this peculiar watch.
This new trend might be credited to a designer and to a brand. The designer is Klaus Botta who introduced the UNO in 1986 and the brand is Slow Watches that introduced the first model in 2013. The reason why we associate the trend with them is that while the designer created the first modern take of one-hand watches, it was still relatively limited in terms of awareness and adoption. On the other hand, Slow Watches has been able to “democratize” the single-hand watches thanks to a great marketing campaign and execution.