This twist on analog timekeeping promises to help us shift the way we see time, and to stop chasing every minute.
In a time when our phones are fast becoming our clocks and watches, and displaying the exact time, down to the minute, is just a click away, we're more aware than ever before that time is ticking away.
But do we really need to always know the exact time, or does it just stress us out and keep us from living in the moment? According to Slow, because of our busy lifestyles, "we often forget that we actually have a choice of how to live," and their reinvention of the watch helps us put our own time in perspective.
A different kind of wristwatch, the Slow Watch, aims to help us reimagine our relationship with time, by putting it into context and allowing us to visualize our entire day. First launched last year, and sold only online, the first of the Slow Watches (the Slow Jo) displays the entire 24 hour time cycle on the face of the device, and uses just a single hand to indicate the time, letting us focus on the moment, not the never-ending march of seconds.
As much as I enjoy my digital gadgets, I also really enjoy the contrast of analog devices, and my Victorinox Swiss Army pocket watch (no longer available) has been my reliable timekeeper, as well as a great conversation piece, for many years. The Slow Watch, while a wrist watch and not a pocket watch, appears to be a worthy contender in both of those areas, as well as being capable of turning the act of glancing at your watch into a revolutionary one.
"The slow watch is a subtle reminder that time is the most precious thing we have so we should enjoy everything we do and stop chasing every minute. In order to be a true symbol of this idea, the slow watch has only one hand that rotates once every 24 hours. It actually moves at half the speed of a normal watch, but allows you to see the progress of your entire day at a glance." - Slow
The first iteration of the Slow Watch is still available in a variety of configurations (~€240), but the team behind this innovative watch is gearing up to release a second, smaller, version of this single-handed timekeeper (the Slow Mo), using crowdfunding to launch it.
Like its big brother Slow Jo, the smaller Slow Mo will be available in a variety of colors of watch bands, cases, and dials, and backers of the Indiegogo campaign at the $225 level will be the first to own one. Find out more about the watches, and the philosophy behind them, at Slow Watches.