New engineering challenges every week

Use your skills and earn money with your work

Creative Watch Design

Medium

Design a watch that incorporates wood and metal elements and has an open movement design utilizing a circular mechanical movement.

Requirements: We are looking for a design that will utilize a few materials. As the company name is Woodchip Design, we need to integrate wood into the design somehow. The reclaimed materials will hopefully have a story that we can utilize to differentiate the watch. Going along with the storyline, we urge the designers to have either a time, place or person in mind when designing. This will give the watch a unique back story on which the design reflects its heritage. As part of the brand image, we want to have an open face watch. This means that there will be no traditional face. Instead you will see the working internals of a mechanical wind watch. This means that you need to be creative with some sort of tick mark or number for actual time keeping. We will be using variant of the ETA 6497 and 6498 mechanical movements. We have included a few but search the web for images as they come in many different finishes. The movement is 36.6mm in diameter and 4.5mm thick. It may be a bit thicker if you want a movement wind generator.

Materials and Finishes:
-Bamboo or reclaimed woods and hardwoods
-Brass, bronze, stainless steel, titanium,
-Natural leathers
-Any finishes, brushed, stained, chromed, dark chromed, natural petina, painted, powder coated

We love all looks and are really going for something quite different and out of the box. We love the craftsmanship of ww2 bombers and formula cars. We also love the steampunk look. We are leaning toward something that is a little classy yet would be a conversation starter. And by the way, we do not prefer metal bands! That's why we want you to get creative with leather work. You can laser etch or do whatever you want to dress up the band if you feel it needs it.

There is a large selection of watch movements on this site to get a feel for design direction: http://bit.ly/OLsFR7 also http://www.tourbywatches.com/shop/page/5?sessid=yte3i1bukz9Ujwi5803kao3u92vrmgtvBQ2Rn8TrGSVjjWa9cBvzRipFGkk27fzJ&shop_param=

Get creative!

Thank you to GrabCAD member Mohammad Shubbak for the illustrative image (Old watch)

Requirements

  • The movement model can be downloaded from here:

Download specification

Rules

  • By entering this competition, you 1. Warrant that the work is your original work. 2. To the best of your knowledge, it is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited. 3. Neither the work nor its use infringes the intellectual property rights (whether a patent, utility model, functional design right, aesthetic design right, trade mark, copyright or any other intellectual property right) of any other person.

  • Acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the protection of any intellectual property rights you may have in the work.

  • Applicants are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs. The applicant’s participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.

  • The competition is open to everyone.

  • You can submit several designs.

  • Team entries are welcome. In case of team win, prize money will be transferred to team leader who is solely responsible for splitting it among team members.

  • Tag your model with “creativewatch” to make it easier to find.

  • Only models uploaded through this challenge page here will participate in the competition.

  • Privately uploaded models will be made public after the competition deadline.

  • Winners will be chosen by a joint jury of Woodchip Design and GrabCAD.

    Judging criteria:

    Manufacturability: Can the design be manufactured using available methods

    Finishes: are the finishes available or will a new process need to be invented. Can the watch be adorned in different finishes for continuation series?

    Creativity: Is the watch different from what is already out there? Is it a conversation starter? Does it have history or a back story? Is it the piece that defines you and completes a look? Does it integrate wood in a unique way? Is all or part of the mechanical skeleton movement visible front and back? Is the time readable using numbers or tick marks somewhere? Does the design include the logo somewhere on the body, crown, strap buckle, or face?

  • Winners will be announced during one month after the end of competition.

Prizes

1st Prize

$700 cash + GrabCAD T shirt

2nd Prize

$350 cash + GrabCAD T shirt

3rd Prize

$150 cash + GrabCAD T shirt

4th Prize

GrabCAD T shirt

5th Prize

GrabCAD T shirt

6th Prize

GrabCAD T shirt

About the jury?

Winning watch designs chosen by a joint jury of Woodchip Design and GrabCAD and announced on the GrabCAD Challenges website.

About Woodchip Design

Woodchip Design is a firm that works in a wide range of disciplines - automotive, industrial, consumer.

www.customsfactory.com

78 comments

  • Fateh MERRAD

    Fateh MERRAD almost 2 years ago

    Another nice Competition! :)

    Fateh MERRAD has uploaded 85 CAD models & has left 728 comments.
  • Harsh Soneji

    Harsh Soneji almost 2 years ago

    nice challenge

    Harsh Soneji has uploaded 10 CAD models & has left 22 comments.
  • Ravichandra Jp

    Ravichandra Jp almost 2 years ago

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ravichandra Jp has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 101 comments.
  • Ghioca Claudiu

    Ghioca Claudiu almost 2 years ago

    i don't get it?? do we need to design the entire watch or just the body, glass and cover of the watch??? I guess so

    Ghioca Claudiu has uploaded 73 CAD models & has left 181 comments.
  • Sylvain Gerber

    Sylvain Gerber almost 2 years ago

    Ah Ah !!!!

    Sylvain Gerber has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 357 comments.
  • Nick Hampton

    Nick Hampton almost 2 years ago

    More custom piece orientated than production orientated design? Do you have a consumer price margin as a guideline?

    Nick Hampton has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 27 comments.
  • JF Brandon

    JF Brandon almost 2 years ago

    @ghioca - conceptualize a watch, glass, body cover and all....

    JF Brandon has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 484 comments.
  • Matt Stinson

    Matt Stinson almost 2 years ago

    do we need to make the mechanism for our designs?

    Matt Stinson has uploaded 25 CAD models & has left 69 comments.
  • John Huizingh

    John Huizingh almost 2 years ago

    I think we can use this one? Watch movement

    John Huizingh has uploaded 34 CAD models & has left 127 comments.
  • Ravichandra Jp

    Ravichandra Jp almost 2 years ago

    I guess they do not need a mechanism..... let me know about it...

    Ravichandra Jp has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 101 comments.
  • Ármin Fendrik

    Ármin Fendrik almost 2 years ago

    I think the renderings would look better with a mechanism inside.

    Ármin Fendrik has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 196 comments.
  • Romano Gaspari

    Romano Gaspari almost 2 years ago

    Missing file format

    Romano Gaspari has uploaded 5 CAD models & has left 130 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Ghioca,
    We would like you to use the ETA 6497 or 6498 mechanical movements. if you google those you will find many different variations that you can either insert into your model during rendering or just use as a reference when submitting your entry. there are many many different finishes but remember we want part or all of the movement showing.
    Mstino,
    no need to make the mechanism. it is 36.6mm in diameter and 4.5mm thick. for visualization i would love to see it in the design or rendering though. helps get the whole picture together.
    John,
    that model can be used although it would need to be scaled to the correct dimensions mentioned above
    Romano,
    file format is .stp or .igs for cad. rendering file format is open as there are so many different softwares and formats.

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Also,
    price point is dictated by the movement, which will be around 300-1000$. It will be a limited run of watches, about 300.

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    If it can be cleanly done, I would like to integrate the woodchip WC logo... do what you can.

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • Lauri Poldre

    Lauri Poldre almost 2 years ago

    Please note due to many questions we have updated the spec so that the task will be easier to understand.

    Lauri Poldre has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 120 comments.
  • Ármin Fendrik

    Ármin Fendrik almost 2 years ago

    Louie dietz, can we have a bigger picture of the logo? Because its hard to do it after that small picture. Thanks.

    Ármin Fendrik has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 196 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Look for a resized movement in the download section above. also see link below to get a feel for what can be done on this movement.

    http://www.tourbywatches.com/shop/page/5

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • Ross McSherry

    Ross McSherry almost 2 years ago

    Great competition. Are you considering custom bridges for the movement (i.e. custom skeletonised design or full plate bridge), or sticking to what's readily available?
    The link to Tourby's site is definitely the best resource and he's a really nice guy to deal with!

    Ross McSherry has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 10 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Ross,
    I would absolutely consider custom bridges and modifications to the eta movement. agreed, tourby is the one to deal with.
    Lou

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • projectds

    projectds almost 2 years ago

    could you send movement part in step format?

    projectds has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 34 comments.
  • Ivan Spasić

    Ivan Spasić almost 2 years ago

    what do you mean with this "This means that you need to be creative with some sort of >>tick mark or number<< for actual time keeping" can you expalin me in more details please?

    Ivan Spasić has uploaded 88 CAD models & has left 185 comments.
  • Vaibhav Bhujbal

    Vaibhav Bhujbal almost 2 years ago

    I have a question some1 please let me know as it is said open face watch does that mean that it should not have a glass covering at the top???

    Vaibhav Bhujbal has uploaded 12 CAD models & has left 35 comments.
  • Jacek Koczmierowski

    Jacek Koczmierowski almost 2 years ago

    You wrote "we do not prefer metal bands!" So bands must be leather bands or it can be for example wood bands ?

    Jacek Koczmierowski has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 5 comments.
  • Alan Baird

    Alan Baird almost 2 years ago

    hi any chance you can put a step file for the watch movement in the the spec download as I cant convert catpart file
    Thanks

    Alan Baird has uploaded 106 CAD models & has left 160 comments.
  • Danny Tasmakis

    Danny Tasmakis almost 2 years ago

    The back of the Tourby movement has the more gears and details exposed than the front, when you say 'open face design' there's not much to show on the front of the movement. All of Tourby's examples show off the underside of the watch and the front faces are traditional movement 'covered' designs.

    Danny Tasmakis has uploaded 55 CAD models & has left 731 comments.
  • Vaibhav Bhujbal

    Vaibhav Bhujbal almost 2 years ago

    Thanks Danny :)

    Vaibhav Bhujbal has uploaded 12 CAD models & has left 35 comments.
  • Simon Kwan

    Simon Kwan almost 2 years ago

    I second Alan's request. Please upload a more universally accessible format for the movement data. Thanks!

    Simon Kwan has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 15 comments.
  • Danny Tasmakis

    Danny Tasmakis almost 2 years ago

    John Huizingh above mentioned his model he did a while back has neutral formats, it's the same movement Watch movement

    Danny Tasmakis has uploaded 55 CAD models & has left 731 comments.
  • Simon Kwan

    Simon Kwan almost 2 years ago

    Thank you Danny Tasmakis for pointing out John Huizingh's comment regarding Greg Brown's awesome watch movement model :-)

    Simon Kwan has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 15 comments.
  • Danny Tasmakis

    Danny Tasmakis almost 2 years ago

    Oops! You're right Simon my apologies to Greg Brown it is his model.

    Danny Tasmakis has uploaded 55 CAD models & has left 731 comments.
  • Danny Tasmakis

    Danny Tasmakis almost 2 years ago

    Did some more research on the Tourby watches and it looks like you can get Skeleton Movements where you can show the insides of the watch, is this what you were after Lou or Grabcad team?
    http://tinyurl.com/tourbyskeletal

    Danny Tasmakis has uploaded 55 CAD models & has left 731 comments.
  • John Huizingh

    John Huizingh almost 2 years ago

    I have exactly the same issue/question as Danny. The nice open faces in the Tourby pictures are all from the backside !! At the front there is not a lot to see. So I was also thinking to open up the front face and making a 'skeleton' face out of the great model of Greg Brown myself. Or can we rotate the mechanism 180 degrees ?? Is that an option.??

    John Huizingh has uploaded 34 CAD models & has left 127 comments.
  • james lenane

    james lenane almost 2 years ago

    I have a question,do we actually have to make the movement or could I make the watch ie casing and everything else and then use a bitmap image of the skeleton workings a finding it very hard to find any models of the workings to see what they look like and for dimensions etc?...James lenane

    james lenane has uploaded 154 CAD models & has left 560 comments.
  • mark stillman

    mark stillman almost 2 years ago

    do you have a different model format for the download i cant open the catia file?

    mark stillman has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 4 comments.
  • Danny Tasmakis

    Danny Tasmakis almost 2 years ago

    @James and Mark, read through the whole post and you'll get your answers, Cheers.

    Danny Tasmakis has uploaded 55 CAD models & has left 731 comments.
  • Ivan Spasić

    Ivan Spasić almost 2 years ago

    @John, i do not think that rotation of mechanism is possible as there is no way you can put clock niddle s oon back side of clock mechanism.. so i do not know if that is oversight from woodchip, that they didn't understand that it is back side of watch on Tourby watches that is transparent or they really want Turby...

    Ivan Spasić has uploaded 88 CAD models & has left 185 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Sorry guys, a bit backed up. STP file of the model is coming tonight. It is also resized to be the same as the desired ETA movement.

    Danny,
    we are after the skeleton look. so use those if it fits your design. they are all cool if it fits the design though. It would be nice to see front and back...but the front is the front... and needs to be there. You can rotate but the crown will then rotate with it. you can also modify the bridges in the model if you want to do a custom skeleton movement.

    James,
    You can use bitmap images of movements as we will resize and fit it to other movements later.
    Thanks
    Lou

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • teigan

    teigan almost 2 years ago

    if you flip the clock mechanism, even if you could attach the needles, they would be spinning counterclockwise. and no, that won't make time go backwards.

    teigan has uploaded 9 CAD models & has left 179 comments.
  • Sylvain Gerber

    Sylvain Gerber almost 2 years ago

    Just to be sure ... do we need to see the movement on the front side of the watch or only on the back?

    Sylvain Gerber has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 357 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Sylvain,
    I would prefer to see it on both sides. As others are doing, you can have windows in the face onto key components of the watch.

    All:
    I have updated the provided model to be the correct size and it is now a stp file. Also, please tell us what materials you intend to use when you submit a model. Finally, when you submit a model please try to make it manufacturable and it needs to have a crown and buckle that are styleized as well.

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • Romano Gaspari

    Romano Gaspari almost 2 years ago

    my solidworks doesn't include exotic wood in rendering materials. Does anyone want to make a team? I need this woods to choose the best: flammed maple, quilted maple, spalted maple, honduras mahogany, koa, purpleheart, satin wood, zebrawood, wengè, gaboon ebony, makassar ebony, ziricote and tiger wood. If interested please send me a private message. Thank you

    Romano Gaspari has uploaded 5 CAD models & has left 130 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Romano,
    I you don't find what you need just post it with your desired wood choice. might be able to have someone just photoshop the wood in there.
    Lou

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • Romano Gaspari

    Romano Gaspari almost 2 years ago

    Lou, this is my personal style of working... I need renderings during the 3D drawing because every materials and every wood essence need different kind of working to be apprecieted at the best look. I was a luthier for 10 years and have a long experience with inlays and I will be able to partecipate this challenge only with the help of someone. thank you very much for your interesting

    Romano Gaspari has uploaded 5 CAD models & has left 130 comments.
  • Ravichandra Jp

    Ravichandra Jp almost 2 years ago

    Lou, how about the woodchip logo?

    Ravichandra Jp has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 101 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Ravichandra,
    That is in the works. i have been failing at getting that logo for you guys. hopefully i can get it going today. I will let you know when it is posted.
    Lou

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • Ravichandra Jp

    Ravichandra Jp almost 2 years ago

    @ Lou, Yep.......

    Ravichandra Jp has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 101 comments.
  • Jura Stok

    Jura Stok almost 2 years ago

    Unique "story" from participants and no logo or story of yourself? Please!!!

    Jura Stok has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 10 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Logo being uploaded by grabcad today guys. sorry for the delays!

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • Ármin Fendrik

    Ármin Fendrik almost 2 years ago

    Is it allowed to include the logo like that siluette on the front before the W but written out fully like: Woodchip Design, not only the short form?

    Ármin Fendrik has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 196 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Comed,
    Yes that is fine.

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • Ármin Fendrik

    Ármin Fendrik almost 2 years ago

    Thank You.

    Ármin Fendrik has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 196 comments.
  • jura stok

    jura stok almost 2 years ago

    @louie dietz, I taught you could give us at least a vector format logo, not a simple raster picture.

    jura stok has uploaded 30 CAD models & has left 193 comments.
  • Alan Baird

    Alan Baird almost 2 years ago

    Jura you got the cheek of the devil, remember " the customer is always right " but you are right of course lol

    Alan Baird has uploaded 106 CAD models & has left 160 comments.
  • Jura Stok

    Jura Stok almost 2 years ago

    ...who is the costumer in this case I wonder .... :)

    Jura Stok has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 10 comments.
  • Alan Baird

    Alan Baird almost 2 years ago

    we will never Know :....)

    Alan Baird has uploaded 106 CAD models & has left 160 comments.
  • jura stok

    jura stok almost 2 years ago

    ...guess not. I wonder about the purpose of all this. ...well, at this point I have some spare time ...

    jura stok has uploaded 30 CAD models & has left 193 comments.
  • jura stok

    jura stok almost 2 years ago

    ....but, "We love the craftsmanship of ww2 bombers and formula cars. We also love the steampunk look." ...
    ...we all do. :)

    jura stok has uploaded 30 CAD models & has left 193 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Jura,
    Im sorry, I will try to get you a rastor image tonight. The purpose of the competition is to get creative watch designs to build as limited edition watches. I am the customer, and the watches will be build along with a few other lifestyle products.
    Lou

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • Steen Winther

    Steen Winther almost 2 years ago

    Just wondering why there are only renderings among the uploaded entries and no 3d files? Can a design participate in the competition with only renders? Or are the cad files filtered from the submissions?

    Steen Winther has uploaded 123 CAD models & has left 654 comments.
  • Ármin Fendrik

    Ármin Fendrik almost 2 years ago

    Well, I uploaded 3d modells to almost all watches. In solidwork

    Ármin Fendrik has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 196 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    renders are ok. I need to design for manufacture anyways.
    Lou

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • Ross McSherry

    Ross McSherry almost 2 years ago

    I've had a couple of difficulties uploading - I've used the 'submit an entry' box and tagged the model appropriately, but it doesn't seem to be showing on this page. Hopefully it's still included in the competition?! Thanks.

    Ross McSherry has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 10 comments.
  • John B

    John B almost 2 years ago

    Ross, I have also had this issue with my model, in both this and the last challenge. Hopefully this gets sorted out, as it is a little nerve racking not seeing your hard work get submitted.

    John B has uploaded 25 CAD models & has left 327 comments.
  • Carlos Paredes

    Carlos Paredes almost 2 years ago

    mine also doesn't appear :/

    Carlos Paredes has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 8 comments.
  • John B

    John B almost 2 years ago

    I sent Kaspar a message, so hopefully we will hear back about this issue and with luck it will be resolved

    John B has uploaded 25 CAD models & has left 327 comments.
  • teigan

    teigan almost 2 years ago

    mine also doesn't display.

    teigan has uploaded 9 CAD models & has left 179 comments.
  • projectds

    projectds almost 2 years ago

    the sam problem with my entry

    projectds has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 34 comments.
  • Fidel Chirtes

    Fidel Chirtes almost 2 years ago

    Same here with my last entry.

    Fidel Chirtes has uploaded 14 CAD models & has left 44 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    Fore everyone who's entry didn't show up at the end there. let me know if is doesnt get posted and i will include it. I'm speaking with kaspar to get it resolved.
    Lou

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • louie dietz

    louie dietz almost 2 years ago

    All,
    I just found out that kaspar is gone until the 5th. please send me a private message and i will get the ones that were not posted up there.
    Lou

    louie dietz has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel almost 2 years ago

    I apologize for the inconvenience, we were experiencing a problem with the challenge. All entries should now be included. Is your entry missing? Send me a PM if it is and I will assist you.

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1886 comments.
  • Steve Desrosiers

    Steve Desrosiers over 1 year ago

    3rd ! :) wow,. ty and congrat to others winners!

    Steve Desrosiers has uploaded 43 CAD models & has left 114 comments.
  • Milivoje Zarkovic

    Milivoje Zarkovic over 1 year ago

    Congratulations to the winners :)

    Milivoje Zarkovic has uploaded 290 CAD models & has left 580 comments.
  • Alan Baird

    Alan Baird over 1 year ago

    Congratulations to all :))

    Alan Baird has uploaded 106 CAD models & has left 160 comments.
  • Thierry Favreau

    Thierry Favreau over 1 year ago

    Thank's for your comment Louie & congrats to everybody. That was a real nice ang good challenge. Hope you'll do another one like this!!!

    Thierry Favreau has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Danny Tasmakis

    Danny Tasmakis over 1 year ago

    Good going winners! great challenge, great results!

    Danny Tasmakis has uploaded 55 CAD models & has left 731 comments.
  • Lauri Poldre

    Lauri Poldre over 1 year ago

    Lauri Poldre has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 120 comments.
  • Please log in to add comments.

    Log in

Save Cancel