Former car designer Dzmitry Samal has created limited edition time pieces with faces made of polished concrete. The former car designer now has a line of timepieces and eye wear. His unique designs mirror dual influences from big city life and pop art culture. Each of these aesthetics is richly represented in the new watch collection which have the very first timepieces you have seen with actual concrete cases.
A rubber band connects into the functional, masculine-styled watch. The architectural elements of the watch’s case yields an interesting composition when contrasted by the colorful hands and accents in its face. A strong, bold aesthetic make this watch an alternative to classical wrist wear with a progressive and fun concrete edge. Softly angular edges, nifty navigational details, and no-nonsense hands that look like building silhouettes, each timepiece carries a distinct urban appearance.
According to Dzmitry Samal, the cases involve a patented new process with specially machined and polished concrete. Dzmitry Samal intentionally chose this “megalopolis inspired” material given its ubiquitous presence in city life. The concrete cases come in two forms and are cut into interesting shapes. The inner watch cases are in steel. Both cases are 42mm wide and attached to them are rubber straps.
Each of the watches have bull-head style pushers with the crown being on the top of the case. The designs are overall very interesting and that Dzmitry Samal braved using a material that you really don’t see in timepieces. For urban living or design lovers, these Dzmitry Samal’s will be of particular interest. Each of the eight watches will be limited to either 100 or 150 pieces.and will be available on Dzmitry Samal’s website at prices of between 980-1240 Euros each. Available for pre-order now, look for a November 2012 release.
It is unique and represents the combination of a futuristic and retro vision of design. It is a mix of a vintage aesthetic with advanced production elements. Dzmitry thinks that the future of design lies in combining our past experience and heritage with modern technology to make new creations.
Watchmaking, as I see is more than just a time measuring mechanism.It is the main male jewellery and should reflect the personality and strenght of its owner.I chose concrete, a noble, modern, honest and robust material, the stuff our megapolis are made of. My watches tell the story of an alliance of French creativity and Swiss technical performance, innovating in a field that has never been explored in watchmaking before. My designs are sophisticated in their simplicity and plainly contemporary…
Name: Concrete Watch
Materials Combination: Mix / Multi Materials, Eco / Recycled / Green
Colour: Mix / Multi Color
Spec: limited editions – 100 or 150 pieces / Each
Product Designer: Dzmitry Samal
Text Description: © Courtesy of Dzmitry Samal
Images: © Dzmitry Samal