Stainless steel, ceramic, gold, titanium and plastic: these are the five materials that go into making the casing of nearly every watch on the planet, be it a Swatch, Rolex or Patek Philippe. A little repetitive, no?
Designer Dzmitry Samal evidently thought so and decided to break the mold, so to speak, by crafting a watch made from the same stuff that’s at the heart of our cities: concrete. Taking the urban theme one step further, Samal shaped the hands to resemble various tiny towers while also coupling the watch to a black rubber strap, imprinted on the inside with map-evocative pattern. Both case designs, one heptagonal and the other D-shaped, combine smooth outer edges with sharp geometric cuts and unusual symmetry that to achieve a rugged yet casual feel. And, unlike typical porous concrete, the watch wards off water to 5 ATM (50 meters), protecting the Swiss quartz chronograph movement that lies behind the sapphire crystal glass and concrete face.