The Cadence watch company is all set to launch a watch that should appeal to those who love mathematics. It’s called the Radian and is designed by Chris Thompson, the newly hired Creative Director at Cadence.
Chris is best-known for having designed the Math Clock, in which each numeral on the face of the clock represented some mathematical operation. For instance, the “12” was “6*2” and the “1” was “102413-102412”.
The Radian watch is also inspired by Chris’s avowed love for mathematics. For those who don’t know or don’t remember, a radian is the angle subtended by an arc whose length equals the radius of the circle.
One radian equals 180/π degrees, with π (“Pi”) being the approximation of 22/7 (or 3.1415926). As an aside, computers have calculated the value of π to several hundreds of millions of decimal places.
Each numeral on the Radian watch is some multiple of π. The “12” is depicted as π/2, the “3” as 2π, the “6” as 3π/2 and the “9” as π.
Now, if this sounds odd, in a way, it is quirky because in essence, the radians count up anti-clockwise, whereas in a regular watch, the numbers increase clockwise. If you’re wondering about the spiral shape on the face of the clock, that’s mathematics too. It depicts the Archimedean Spiral.
If you don’t know how to tell the time using a non-digital watch, this watch may get you slightly confused at first. But in a few days, you should get the hang of it. And if you don’t, vent your anger on the watch by calling “π face”.