UNO 24 one-hand watch from Botta-Design – the 24-hour original
Imagine watches had never been invented, and the first ever watch were to be designed today: what would it be like? Probably rather like the UNO 24 designed by Klaus Botta. That would be the logical design for a watch – with just one hand and a 24-hour scale. After all, the day has 24 hours, not twelve.
The 24-hour scale makes it clear which time it is, whereas a twelve-hour display system is always somewhat ambiguous: “Is it actually four o’clock in the afternoon, or four in the morning...?”
Naturally, a more approximate watch of this kind is not suitable for telling the time to the nearest minute, let alone to the nearest second – but that is not what the UNO-24 is designed for.
It invites you instead to adopt a more relaxed attitude to time.
The real strength of the UNO 24 one-hand watch from Botta-Design lies in its simple yet impressive ability to present the entire day at a glance in an analogue graphic form. This allows the wearer to take a somewhat different and significantly more relaxed approach to time.
A clear explanation of the 24-hour one-hand principle can be found here.
UNO 24: the iconographic presentation
of one entire day in a 24-hour one-hand watch
The precise hand completes just one full rotation on the specially developed scale every 24 hours. 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. The UNO 24 one-hand watch shows the passing of the day in an analogue graphic form, the positioning of the watch hand on the dial reflecting the sun’s position in the sky.
This watch allows the time to be told to an accuracy of roughly five minutes. Which is more than sufficient in 99% of cases – and for the remaining one percent we will always have our smartphone or mobile.
If you like the idea of experiencing the day as a whole once again and are looking for a German-made watch of particularly high technical and design quality, you are certain to derive a great deal of pleasure from Botta-Design’s UNO 24 one-hand watch – and will discover new details every day.