Industrial Design

Janus Wristwatches

project information

year:1990
client:Alessi, spa
  • This collection combines the formal characteristics, emotional and symbolic appeal of a fine wristwatch with the efficient functions of a built-in computer for memos, phone numbers, addresses, and calculating. The design enhances the computer's functionality compared to existing models by greatly enlarging the screen and keyboard. The keypads are large enough to be punched with the fingers, as opposed to a pen tip. In two models with traditional mechanical analog hands, the hidden computer is revealed by flipping open the watch face. Revealing the computing functions in this manner not only allows for the separation of the watch's two distinct functions but allows the form of each to express its functional and symbolic requirements.