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One-hand watches – The original by Klaus Botta

One-hand watches: The benefit of a watch with a single hand

The one-hand watch, the original by designer Klaus Botta: Klaus Botta developed the amazingly simple one-hand principle back in 1986. The UNO single-hand watch by BOTTA, which was realized in 1994 and distributed by Watchpeople, was the first wristwatch of modern times with just one hand. Its outstanding success triggered a wave of single-hand watches from many other manufacturers. Single-hand watches can help people to return to a more relaxed approach to time. They are designed for people who want to organize their time autonomously and consciously.

It is not only the design that is of the highest standard, but also the quality of the materials and workmanship: all BOTTA watches are manufactured entirely in Germany and assembled by hand. The heart of every watch, whether automatic or quartz, is always a first-class "Swiss Made" movement.

You can buy a one-hand watch from BOTTA exclusively in our online store and from selected specialist retailers.

In addition to single-hand watches, BOTTA also offers watches with other display concepts.


How do I read a one-hand watch employing the twelve-hour one-hand principle?

The hand in the UNO one-hand watch is an hour hand and therefore completes one full rotation every twelve hours. The special scale developed by Klaus Botta is subdivided into five-minute increments, allowing you to tell the time to an accuracy of just a few minutes – if you so wish. The philosophy of the UNO one-hand watch is all about simplification, however. Do you really need such exact times as 3.03 pm or 10.39 am in your everyday life? Wouldn’t “just after three” or “twenty to eleven” be entirely sufficient in the huge majority of cases? Once you are ready to embrace this new perception of time, the one-hand principle will allow you to adopt an entirely new and more relaxed attitude to time. Are you thinking about buying a one-hand watch, but still have some questions? Then give us a call!

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How do I read a one-hand watch employing the...
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How do I read a one-hand watches employing the 24-hour one-hand principle?

One-hand watch with 24-hour display: the UNO 24 allows the wearer to engage far more consciously with the passing of time – because it presents the entire day at a glance. The hour hand completes one full rotation of the specially developed scale every 24 hours.

As such it imitates the movement of the Earth itself, which likewise achieves one rotation in 24 hours. The smallest marker on the precise scale stands for a ten-minute period, allowing the time to be estimated to an accuracy of at least five minutes. The positioning of the watch hand on the dial corresponds to the course taken by the sun, as seen from the Earth: in the morning, the hand appears above the watch’s artificial horizon, at midday it reaches its zenith and in the evening it sinks back to the horizon. A delicate line at midnight marks the transition from one day to the next. As soon as the hand crosses this line, the date jumps forward to show the new day. What makes one-hand watches with a 24-hour display so fascinating is their ability to present the day in a graphic form that the wearer will understand intuitively.

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