Call it a ring clock, call it a watch ring, either way, it’s an amazing way to tell time on your finger. Let’s take a look at this unique type of timepiece and why you just might want to slip one on your hand.
Some say we are looking at the natural evolution of timepieces with a ring clock. What started with pocket watches later went to the wrist and now we’re simply progressing to a more natural state with a ring clock. But will they ever replace wristwatches? Well, many thought watches would go the way of the dinosaurs with the invention of cellphones. Some asked, “Who needs a watch when you already carry a device that tells time?” Of course, that didn’t happen. That’s because watches are much more than simple time-telling devices. They’re expressions of personal style, homages to engineering marvels and, at their best, stunning works of art.
Are Ring Clocks Jewelry?
That depends on how you look at it. Watches face the same quandary. For many, antique pocket watches are considered jewelry. So are high-end wristwatches, especially if they’re adorned with precious stones. But most don’t put entry-level watches into the category of jewelry. Just try ensuring your Casio calculator watch as jewelry and see how long your insurance broker laughs! But it’s hard to argue that a ring is anything but jewelry, a few exceptions aside, say Batman’s Lantern ring or that pesky One Ring from Lord of the Rings. But for mere mortals and non-caped crusaders, if you slip a ring on your finger, you’re wearing jewelry. So, in that sense, yes, a ring watch is a piece of jewelry, albeit one with a function.
How Do They Work?
That problem took some serious sorting out. In an unusual way. Nearly a decade ago a proposition was posed by CGSociety, a group that seeks to “inspire, empower, and engage artists.” The challenge, dubbed Moving Innovation, was to create a new visualization for an existing product that didn’t exist presently but likely would in the next ten years. Hungarian inventor Gusztav Szikszai accepted the challenge and set his mind on marrying a ring and a watch.
The result is a (yes, admittedly clunky) stainless steel loop with inner and outer rings. The outer ring is split into three bands: one with dots that count seconds, one with minute markers and one with 24-hour markers.
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Slip on a Light Show!
So we have all of the ingredients of time telling, but no hands to point to the hour and minute markers. Well, just pop that ring onto your finger, give it a spin, and watch that thing light up like the dashboard of the Millennium Falcon! LED lights, in blue, white, red or orange, are positioned at the markers and illuminate to signify the hour, minute and the ticking away of seconds. But don’t worry that you’ll be stuck with this glowing thing on your finger all day, which might get you some odd looks at the office or on the street. Instead, the light show only lasts for fifteen seconds and you’ll have to re-spin to show the time again.
What seems like a simple function, lights at the minute and hour markers, is actually a small wonder (pun intended) of microelectronic engineering. Szikszai teamed with Hungarian engineers to create a curved ultrathin rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and likewise rounded circuitry that could fit inside the narrow stainless steel casing.
How Does it Hold Up in Use?
Pretty darn good by most accounts! When it comes to battery life, a two-hour charge should last a week, that’s if you are lighting it up 50 times a day. As for constant use, it’ll run for about two hours before needing a refresh on the wireless charger pad. Though the 8mAh battery does lean to the more delicate side, so letting the ring charge continuously for days on end will drain the life out of the little guy. However, with responsible two-hour charging sessions, the battery should last for three years. Drawback alert: the battery isn’t replaceable.
The casing is made of sturdier stuff. High-grade surgical stainless steel is designed to take any bumps, bruises and scratch-causing punishment your hands may see out there in the world. Don’t worry about getting the ring watch wet as it’s water-resistant up to 30 meters, so showering, swimming, and unexpected rainfall are just fine.
As one size never fits all when it comes to rings, the ring clock is available in a variety of sizes, 18 to be exact, ranging from an inside circumference of 53.1mm for those with delicate digits to 74.8mm for some big meaty hands. Not sure of your ring size? No worries. After you order, Ringclock will send you plastic sizers to test out and know what size is best for you before shipping the real deal. The ring clock also comes in ten different styles, including silver, Black PVD, Gold PVD, and Rose Gold.
And what about the price? To be honest, it’s not the cheapest gadget out there. Putting one of these things on your finger will cost you about $350. That’s about what a new Orient Bambino or a good Casio G-Shock might set you back.
Ring Clock Conclusion
So, are you convinced yet? Are you ready to put your watch on the shelf and start sporting a ring clock? Maybe you’ll want to wear both. Maybe you’ll just wait to see how this whole ring clock thing plays out before getting on board. Just know that when you’re ready to put a timepiece on your finger, there’s a ring watch waiting to light up just for you.