The Long Distance Watch by Hong Kong-based designer Kitmen Keung explores how people’s perception can be diverted into an everyday object. The clarity of the secondary clock face has been delicately dimmed to appear like a shadow on the interface, acting as a quiet conscious reminder of the distance between the user and someone on the other side of the globe.
A principal guideline for the project was to maintain a high level of abstraction leaving much room for the user’s interpretation. This called for a design process guided by function and practicality, which eventually led to an exterior expression of the interplay between simple geometric forms and modern materials. The design of the watch is an embodiment of general vision of culture and modern industrial design, stated with clarity and simplicity using materials that are configured to express their own individual character.
The work that goes into making each Long Distance Watch is partially mechanical and partially a slow craft process which results in subtle differences to be found between all individual pieces. The watch features a two-part lugged 39 mm stainless steel case with chamfered bezel in brushed finish, housing a pair of two individual 3-hand quartz Japan movements with the second hand removed from the right hand side clock face. The off white brass dial paired with grey aluminum hands and layered indexes are entirely in matt paint finish. The calf leather straps which are made in Argentina are complimented by a sharp edged solid buckle at its end giving the watch a very classic aesthetic.
Photography by Paul Jung (ARTIST & AGENCY).
The watch is available in silver and IP gold and can be ordered online here.