Behind the design of this concrete watch is beauty and poetry.
“The city houses us, moves us and protects us with the concrete and steel,” says Sean Yu, the head designer of 22, “and also inspires us!” Their unique and specialized formula of high-grade concrete is developed in-house and accounts for the lightweight and sturdy nature of all their products.
They introduced a successful series of concrete jewelry in 2007, before quickly expanding into a popular collection of luxury writing utensils in 2011. The 4th Dimension Watch represents their latest creative vision; the spiral staircase expressing the stillness found in those moments when we stop rushing from destination to destination and enjoy the peace that exists between Time and Space.
The concept for the 4th Dimensional Watch was born in 2010, however, it took many years to fine tune and materialize the final product.
The concrete surface of the watch is a 1mm thick hand molded and crafted concrete panel, fortified and tested to maintain structural integrity through use. Exclusively designed brass hands float above the dial to characterize three dimensional time movement.
The spiral staircase immediately stood out as a visual connecting point between 2 separate dimensions. With each stair turned at a 30° angle, you can align 12 steps together, each representing an hour, to form a complete Escher-like cycle.
“Our fascination with contemporary architecture and design, as well as the progression of our product development, lead us to a passion towards crafting the perfect timepiece. Time converges with space into our physical world through, what is known in
Physics as, the 4th Dimension, which sparked the idea of binding time into this beautiful and solid timepiece,” explained 22 Design Studios.
Assembled by craftsmen with over 30 years of experience, the high end bezel is a medical grade stainless steel that is acid and alkaline resistant as well as anti-corrosive. The face is encased in a durable clear sapphire crystal rated 9 on the Mohs scale. Sturdy, hand crafted Italian leather bands stabilize the watch and deepen in color with use, to emphasize the concept of Time.
The wrist watches are available in three exquisite Models: the Original Model, the Urban Model, and the Midnight Model.