ONE by VOORT Studio

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Designers Yong Kang and Kevin are VOORT Studio, a collective that focuses on designing clean and minimalist timepieces. As they launch their first line of watches on Kickstarter, Kevin walks us through the technical details.

“While lifestyle products have drastically changed over the years, the user experience with analogue watches has not really changed much. In fact, the jutting watch crown can sometimes be a bother. We thus wanted to create a timepiece that is not only visually beautiful, but also pleasurable to use, fiddle and wear.

Setting the time …
Instead of a protruding crown, ONE presents the element in the form of a button that is integrated towards the back, resulting in a perfect circular symmetry. With a single push and hold, the watch hands rotate smoothly in place. To set, simply release your finger once you have reached your desired time. It’s as easy as that!

Glow in the dark …
The watch hands are specially treated with a luminous phosphorescent (also known as lume) such that it emits a soft, warm glow in the dark. This way, you can tell the time naturally under low light conditions. At the end of each watch hand is a deliberately contrasted colour tip. Using that as a reference marker, you can tell the time. As the lume treatment is only done on the white portions of the watch hands, it is easy to differentiate the hour hand (shorter lume) from the minute hand (longer lume) even in the dark.

The mechanism …
At the heart of ONE is a carefully selected Swiss Quartz mechanism which matches perfectly with our design. We went back and forth with professional watch manufacturers to ensure that the mechanism works seamlessly with the watch body. The watch body is machined from high grade surgical steel which is extremely tough, durable and corrosion resistant.

Water resistant …
The toughest challenge, which turned out to be our greatest achievement, is optimising the watch case and mechanism to be water resistant. We were told that with a button of our size, water resistance is almost impossible. Yet, after numerous months of trial and error, we finally have our first water resistant prototype with a working seal.

Customize …
We recognise the fact that everyone shares different tastes and preferences.  The watch is designed to work with NATO or leather straps such that people can easily transform it from a casual, fashion watch into a formal, dress watch with a quick tuck, slide and pull.”

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