Present Life rolls through a tiny display and hides beyond the rotating dial

Watches give us a sense of time and perhaps the realization that life is ticking away. Over time, the accessory has evolved into the best sought-out collector’s item – sometimes even spanning multiple generations. The timekeeping essential initial started off as a simple complication with hours, minutes and seconds hand.

With time though, the simple watch has taken numerous forms with some sporting elaborate complications (like Jacob & Co Astronmia Tourbillon series), artistic ones (take for example the Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami), or the Hybrid watches (example Tag Heuer Connected range) which is a mix of analog timepiece and smart functions others.

Designer: Hyun jun Yu

Yet another option is a full-fledged smartwatch that is like your mini gadget for keeping up with all notifications thanks to the elaborate display. However, if you want to go back to the roots and even be unaware of the time passing by, the Present Life watch is the one for you.

The timepiece is designed for a niche set of the market who appreciate simplicity. The watch has a rotating dial that closes down the small open space that displays the current time. Yes, this timepiece has a completely enclosed watch face with a small section showing the hours display. Each hour ticks away with the minutes displayed in 10 minutes intervals. The time is referenced by 12 indices – represented in Roman numerals depicting hours, while a one-minute track in between denotes 10 minutes of phasing time.

The stainless-steel build of the Present Life matched with the plain rubber or the textured fabric strap makes it live up to its minimalist claim. According to the designer the essence of the watch is gifting the wearer’s present life. Once the overlay housing closes down the watch display area, the user can focus on the task at hand without being stressed by the constraints of time. Just like the front, the rear with the solid caseback keeps up with the theme of minimal design and function.