DUO 24, the world”s first dual time-zone watch based on the one-hand principle has just been chosen for the Red Dot Design Award. The international jury picked out the DUO 24 for its outstanding design quality and innovative display principle. The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen is one of the oldest and most highly reputed design institutions in Europe. The Red Dot Design Award 2012 is the 46th design award won by Botta-Design since its founding.
The Botta-Design DUO 24 world timer shows both the local time and the time at one additional time zone, using just one hand in each case.
This is the simple yet amazingly logical principle which the DUO 24 uses to give its wearer reassurance when dealing with different time zones.
The outlying main display shows the local time. Its striking 12-hour hand points to the same one-hand scale that has been used in the UNO for more than 25 years. The scale itself is mounted on a slightly inclined scale ring which guides the markings down to the lower-level 24-hour display.
The secondary display, which lies at a lower level in the dial, can show any second time zone the wearer chooses. Its delicate 24-hour hand and numbered scale are clearly distinct from the 12-hour main display.
What is more, an artificial horizon divides the inner 24-hour section into a day half and a night half, allowing the day half of the second time zone to be identified at a glance.
The DUO 24 is a dual one-hand watch for anyone who is at home in two worlds – not to mention an elegant design piece for the wrist.
“Things become clearer when you reduce them to their bare essentials.”
Klaus Botta developed the UNO one-hand watch in line with this philosophy back in 1986. Ever since, he has been considered the inventor of the modern one-hand watch – and the pioneer responsible for inspiring a whole series of one-hand watches made by other manufacturers.
Klaus Botta has been designing and creating wristwatches for clients like Junghans AG, Bestform and Watch People since 1986. Botta-Design wristwatches have already received 46 renowned design awards, both in Germany and abroad. Some of them are exhibited in the Chicago Museum of Architecture and Design and the Museum für angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Art) in Frankfurt.
Watches from Botta-Design are characterized by a concentration on the bare essentials. The salient design features of every Botta-Design wristwatch are functional clarity and a high degree of technical aesthetic which is underlined by the choice of materials and the precision of the workmanship.
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