The original watch design by hop-picker — now on your Pebble!
I fine-tuned it in cooperation with the original author, Konstantin Pulyarkin alias hop-picker, and I believe the result is really amazing and elegant.
Quarters or Ten-Minutes Ticks?
You will notice that we finally chose to make the ticks correspond to intervals of 15 minutes instead of 10 minutes as in Konstantin’s original design. Konstantin chose the 10-minutes intervals because they help reading at higher accuracy, while I argued that it is more intuitive to have segments that resemble quarters of an hour – as we are used to talk about time in quarters, especially when thinking of analog clocks. Besides, on the Pebble, thicker lines look better, which is an additional reason to use less (but slightly thicker) ticks. Visually comparing it to traditional watch faces, we could not find strong evidence backing one or the other option, so we finally settled on what seemed more intuitive.
The font that we finally agreed on is a bit more “quadratic” than in Konstantin’s round watch design, as I felt that this better goes with the rectangular shape of the Pebble and the look of the Pebble Steel.