Missing watch faces

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by dotnet, May 8, 2015.

  1. dotnet macrumors 6502a

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    The word around town is that Apple will either tightly curate new watch face offerings, or provide them itself, exclusively. I don't think Apple wants to see knock-offs of classic mechanical watch faces, or themed faces (à la Star Wars, Dr Who, Pokemon, My Little Pony, you name it).

    With that in mind, what would you like to see in a new watch face that the current ones don't have?

    My biggest wish: Roman numerals (with IIII as 4, of course ;) ).
    Second biggest wish: Better hands.
     
  2. lagwagon Suspended

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    Ummm 4 in Roman numerals is IV not IIII. LOL!
     
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Now you know why Romans used a 12 hour clock. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII was such a pain to write on iClay tablets.



    (Disclaimer: I have no idea about roman time keeping
     
  4. Tomloes macrumors member

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    "There is a story that a famous clockmaker had constructed a clock for Louis XIV, king of France. The clockmaker had naturally used IV for four. When the clock was shown to the king, he remarked that IIII should have been used instead of IV. When it was explained to him that IV was correct, he still insisted, so that there was nothing to do but change the clock dial. This introduced the custom of using IIII for four. This is probably only a story, however, as IIII occurs long before the time of Louis XIV. And this same story is also told in connection with other monarchs. There is one reason why IIII is preferable to IV, and it may have caused the change. On the other side of the clock dial the VIII is the heaviest number, consisting of four heavy strokes and one light one, as it is usually made. It would destroy the symmetry to have the IV with only two heavy strokes on the other side. Thus IIII with four heavy strokes is much to be preferred. The change may therefore have been made for reasons of symmetry."

    From Time & Timekeepers, W. I. Milham, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1947, p. 196
     
  5. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    In Apple world, it's iIII.
     
  6. dotnet thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This.

    There are famous watch faces that use IV instead of IIII (Big Ben is the most cited example), but most watch makers seem to prefer IIII, and so do I.
     
  7. Cuyler macrumors 6502

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    I'd never noticed that some clock faces use IIII instead of IV — doing an image search for "roman numeral clock face" shows how common it is. And King Louis is right — it looks better because it's more balanced.
     
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  9. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    More animated objects along the lines of the flowers, jellyfish, and butterflies. Such as planets, nebulas, or even when you wake it from sleep it would start painting an abstract painting before fading to black.
     
  10. Cuyler macrumors 6502

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    In the September introduction, they did have a time-lapse face (and I believe a photo face), but they weren't released. People on the forum theorized that they were battery hogs because they used more pixels than the rest of the faces — also the released faces look better because they don't go all the way to the edge of the display.
     
  11. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68000

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    I kike the mickey mouse one, 7 is enough for now, i like 2-3 out of the 7 which is good.
     
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    I'd like to see one like the Pebble face on the right.

    The words slide out to the left and the new word slides in from the right as the minutes change.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. iTom17 macrumors 6502a

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    I would love to see a binary watch face. :rolleyes: You know, something like this:

    [​IMG]
     
  15. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    How long does it take you to read time on this?
     
  16. 8a22a macrumors 6502a

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    One that can use your own photo as the background.
     
  17. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I always thought the (much more utilitarian) explanation was that clock makers then just had to cast four sets of 'XIIIIV' to get the numerals for every number on the clock face.

    But I prefer the - more poetic - Louis XIV explanation!
     
  18. iTom17 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, if you're into IT like me it's actually not that hard. Reading binary is part of my training in fact (e.g. for networking). :rolleyes:
     
  19. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    I know it's not that hard. I asked how long.
     
  20. zmunkz macrumors 6502a

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    I have a round binary IO watch. I haven't worn it in several years, but when I used to wear it, it was no slower to read then, say, a digital clock in military time. Just takes a moment to process.

    Apple will never release a watch face like this… If we have any chance of these sorts of individual tastes we will definitely need third-party developers.
     
  21. Bigserver1 macrumors regular

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    I'd like to see some new watch face options, but I love the simple face and I like the color option as well. Currently rocking simple and loving the look.
     
  22. andrewj macrumors member

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    Definitely bigger hands or hands that stand out more.

    Ability to have the date be a different color (such as white) compared to the second hand (keep as red).

    Also display of timer when it's set.
     

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