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Closed Watch Lets Hikers Know When the Sun is About to Set

by Hazel Chua

One of the most important things to keep track of when you’re mountain climbing is the time. More specifically, the time when the sun’s going to set, because visibility gets increasingly limited as the sun goes down. It might seem like a simple thing, but it could be a matter of life and death in harsh outdoor conditions.

With this in mind, designers Baek Min Gyeoung, Jang Mi, Kim Seon Il, and Park Hyun Ju came up with the Closed Watch.

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It’s a watch that aims to alert recreational hikers and professional climbers on the time the Sun is going to set in an intuitive fashion. At the set time, portions of the watch’s face darken as the sunset time is approached.

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In a way, it also depicts a window of the time remaining before the sun completely sets.

The time of the sunset changes with the season, so Closed Watch allows the wearer to select the season by pressing one of two buttons on the sides of the watch. When sunset approaches, the face of the watch turns black behind the hour hand. The climber needs to descend before the watch face becomes fully covered.

The Closed Watch is a 2013 Red Dot Concept Design Award winner.

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