Nendo's Draftsman 02-Stencil forms part of the Draftsman series of timepieces that celebrate the tradition of hand draughting and the stationery used to create architectural drawings.
This latest design borrows aesthetics from the translucent templates used to accurately draw circles of various diameters.
Increments that mark the hours are laser cut into the watch's frosted crystal surface rather than printed onto the face.
"We thought this might inspire wearers to become aware of the time that they measure for themselves, instead of simply following time as measured by others," said the designers.
The circular crystal sheet is held in a stainless steel case above the face so the markings cast subtle shadows on the surface below.
The translucent faces currently come tinted blue, grey or beige, with the black cases available in 28- and 36-millimetre versions.
A black calf-leather strap completes the design of Stencil, exclusively available for pre-order at Dezeen Watch Store to be shipped the week commencing November 24.
The timepiece follows Nendo's Scale watch, which has markings and numerals taken from rulers.
Nendo previously designed the New Dark Noon collection of watches, each with a unique way of telling the time.
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