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Snippet: The Eerie Beauty of the Apple Watch Solar Face, and the Anatomy of Nightfall ☇

Shared on April 20, 2020

Jack Forster for Hodinkee (via Timothy Buck):

As of WatchOS 6, which was introduced last September, there is a new Solar watch face. This one is simply called the Solar Dial, and it is a remarkably charming thing. It has been described as a miniature sundial for the wrist, but it is rather more like having a sundial and the Sun itself on your wrist, both at the same time. Moreover, it bears a certain resemblance to some rather exotic complications found in mechanical watches, about which more later.

The Solar Dial consists of a 24-hour dial with 12 (noon) at the top and 24 (midnight) at the bottom. An hour hand moves once around the dial per day, and attached to the hour hand is miniature representation of the Sun. The portion of the dial that’s in light blue represents the number of daylight hours, and the portion in dark blue, night; the boundaries between each section mark sunrise and sunset. Opposite the Sun on the 24-hour hand is a smaller dial which shows the hours and minutes, in either an analog or digital format. The four corners of the watch face are taken up with customizable complications (in my case, from the upper left clockwise: world time, date, activity tracker, and workout).

Since I’m not keeping track of much of the usual things, I switched to Solar Dial to try it out yesterday and have been enjoying how it’s different. If you have an Apple Watch, now might be a good time to give some different faces a try.

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