Kickstarter can be a mixed bag, but every now and then you’ll find an inventive and well-thought-out watch worth a mention. Case in point: The Optik Instruments Horizon. What looks at first glance to be something incomprehensible is actually extremely simple—essentially, what we have here is a 24-hour single-hander (think old-school Luch).Nearly the entirety of the main dial works as a giant disk hand, split at first into day and night halves, and then marked further all the way down to 15-minute intervals. The red lines at 12 and six are your current time indicators as the dial surface rotates. It takes a moment to adjust to this perspective, but it’s elegant and simple once you do.
There’s an impressive array of colorways and options for a first-time effort, with the yellow and gray Flagship, the two-tone gray Billet, the blue and red Technik, the black and blue Navigator with its pops of yellow, and the more delicate white and gray Solis.