Meet Thomas and Stepan. They are the creative mind behind the appearance of our Hybrid Smartwatch Ad Maiora. Together they put a lot of sweat and love into the watch design. To learn more about their thoughts, we had an interview with them.
Can you introduce yourself and tell us something about your design background and why you decided to join Leitners and work on Ad Maiora?
What were your main ideas behind designing Ad Maiora? Did you take any inspiration from other designs?
We - also our most loyal followers - know the design of Ad Maiora is quite minimalistic. Is there a reason why you chose to keep it simple?
Stepan: Both of us can agree that the main idea behind this watch was to combine the classic watchmaker’s approach with a modern display as the current smartwatch has on the market. Give smartwatches the more luxurious and sociable look that traditional watch lovers like. It turned out that minimalism, in this case, was practically the only possible starting point, since these two approaches are largely excreting, and minimalism has allowed us to find harmony between them.
What do you think makes your design special and different from other watches?
How do you think the design supports the whole concept of a hybrid smartwatch?
As I said, the display is the key. The rest of the watch is not very different from the classic mechanical watch. Except for the caseback. Here again, the mechanical movement meets with electronics, where pins for charging and a heart rate sensor are placed around the bottom slide. However, on the design side, it is more of a classic watch. Which is the biggest advantage I think. Because with regular smartwatches, you can tell at first glance that they’re different. Which, however, not every user has to like.