We wanted to create an inclusive watch for everybody, starting with the blind and visually impaired.
This watch, designed with the philosophy of inclusive-design*, was developed with the help of the students and staff of the School for the Blind and the Blind with Multiple Handicaps Lopburi in Thailand. It tells time by touch.
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Traditionally, most watches for the blind or visually impaired suffered from the same two problems: their design was inferior to other watches, and they were immediately identifiable as watches for a very specific demographic.
A watch that works for everyone
Our goal was to design a watch that everyone, visually impaired or not, could use and enjoy equally. Fusing CITIZEN’s creativity and technology with precious input from the blind and visually impaired, we developed a model that combines high-level design and high-level usability.
Enhanced legibility. Instant time-telling
The markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock are raised, while the point of the hour hand is shaped like an arrow to make telling the time by touch easy. To make the dial more readable for people who are vision impaired rather than blind, the dial is high contrast, with yellow indices against a black background.
Casual, stylish, discreet. A watch for every occasion
The case has a sleek hairline finish, while a casual font is used for the indices. The glass cover and the dial—the most frequently touched parts of the watch—have a matte finish to minimise fingerprints and deemphasize the tactile elements.
The result is a design that looks good regardless of your gender, outfit, or of the occasion.
A watch of durability and functionality
Over the lifetime of the watch, the glass cover will be repeatedly opened and closed. That is why we put it through rigorous testing.
The length of the band and the position of the buckle are easy to modify, guaranteeing that the watch stays snug on the wrist and does not fall off.