In October last year I posted my take on how a Windows Watch could look like. I got some amazing feedback. One of the comments that I've been haunted by almost weekly since I posted the design was this, by Ronald Widha:
"Nice clean design. A little comment more on the presentation, I think your design could be more impactful with the right "wallpaper". The cappuccino cup feels like a throwaway wallpaper that companies like Samsung would offer their devices out-of-the-box. Would love to see a wallpaper that subtly give a hat tip to a traditional time piece. or go the other extreme with an ultra modern feel.
I think your design really shows the "metro" design is the most scalable from the smallest form factor to the largest one. Good work"
When I designed the watch I picked a rather generic wallpaper and my thoughts never visited the wallpaper again. The truth is Ronald's comment hit the nail right on it's head. I was instantly struck by a feeling of guilt and embarrassment. How could I miss something so fundamental.
Here's an updated version of the watch featuring one of the post wallpapers I've seen in a long time. It has a sense of simplicity and purity. The two values I try to honor the most in all of my work.