There’s a certain beauty to the complexity of the Horizon watch. It’s visually completely different from watches we’ve seen, but conceptually, feels familiar. It explores the duality of day and night with a beautiful dual colored dial, depicting daylight and darkness. The line in between those two colors becomes the horizon between the two times of the day, and hence the name.
The Horizon puts the entire day on your wrist with its 24-hour format. The way it does it feels completely natural as compared to most 24 hour watches that need getting used to. Reading the time on the Horizon is as simple as looking at the sky and knowing intuitively what time of the day it is… a simple act every human, animal, and even plant participates in.
The watch’s rotating centerpiece is at the heart of its experience. While most watches have rotating hands and a static dial, the Horizon’s dial rotates as the hand (a red line) stays in its static position. Think of the hand as you, and the dial as the sky. The way the Horizon behaves is much like the sky rotating and changing above you while you yourself stay static. Reading the time is as simple as following yourself, i.e., the red hand. The dial makes one rotation every 24 hours and its dual color acts as a natural, visual AM/PM indicator.
The Horizon is a marvel of Swiss engineering coupled with a unique, progressive design vision. The lack of hands makes the watch look flatter and therefore sleeker, while it cleverly uses its bezel as a design detail, adding the red reference line on it, and therefore including it in the watch’s experience. This allows the watch to appear wonderfully larger than life, as it dominates your wrist. Aside from the Horizon and reference lines, not a single part of the watch has any straight lines. The body of the watch itself comes with a comfortable curve that looks and feels soft and inviting. Within the body lies a 515.24 Ronda movement (with a 45-month power reserve). The watch comes in a variety of styles that mix and match hues for the days and nights, and more importantly, an ambidextrous design that allows for both left-handed as well as right-handed usage.
There’s something unique yet so natural about the way the Horizon tells time. It takes cues from timekeeping techniques over the years, following the age-old practice of visually telling the time by looking at the sky, and combining it with the modern method of assigning numbers in the form of hours and minutes to our day. In every which way, it celebrates beauty in duality. The duality of day and night, of old and new, and of legacy and innovation!
Designer: Gordon Fraser
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The FLAGSHIP, with unmistakable presence and an almost instantly identifiable colour way. Featuring a distinctive yellow and grey rotating dial, nestled in a polished stainless steel case, this is the iconic look only possible with an OPTIK INSTRUMENT.
The NAVIGATOR is inspired by vintage night-view aircraft gauges – imitating the glow of the dial markings in the darkness. The NAVIGATOR features a midnight blue, grey and yellow colour scheme, coupled with the black DLC coated case – it’s a stunning visual treat.
The TECHNIK has a slide-rule feel with the multiple zoned dial and vivid teal and orange flash. The colour scheme is inspired by off-shore rescue services, and is held within a sand-blasted stainless steel case.
Appearing like it’s hewn from one block of steel, the BILLET version features a dual grey dial to designate night & day. Crisp black lines and red flashes bring a touch of elegance. The brushed flange adds some visual sparkle from above. An unmistakable OPTIK INSTRUMENT, perfect for matching with the business suit or casual weekend wardrobe.
How It Works
The central disc rotates once in 24 hours; the time is referenced at the red line.
That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. What is clever about the HORIZON design is that the more you use it, the more accustomed you get to the position of the disc during a day. Over time you will be able to tell the time at a glance, just by looking at the angle of the horizon.
The HORIZON can be read in any of 3 ways depending on how accurately you need the time; the first is broadly using the horizon position, something you will get accustomed to the more you use the HORIZON. The second is using the main way-points to more closely read the time – main hours and the half-hour dots. The last is using all the reference markings to gauge more precisely what the time is.
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