Slow Watch models mimic the movement of a sundial with a single hand and a 24-hour face. Photo: Courtesy of Slow Watches.

Slow Watch models mimic the movement of a sundial with a single hand and a 24-hour face. Photo: Courtesy of Slow Watches

There are watches that read the tide, predict the weather, spit out your altitude and even save lives (in addition to, you know, telling you what time it is). And just when we thought the gimmicks on our gadgetry couldn't get weirder, a company comes on the scene with a totally different motivation: to remind the wearer to slow down and think about how precious their time really is.

Slow Watches wants to shift our perspective on time — specifically, how outdoor athletes think about it — with a unique time-teller that's completely stripped of all frills. Using just one hand, the watch displays all 24 hours of the day on the face (and, for those who know, runs on a Swiss-made Ronda Caliber 505.24 GMT movement and has a 100-meter water resistance).

Slow Watches are water resistant up to 100 meters and feature canvas, leather, and nylon bands. Photo: Courtesy of Slow Watches.

Slow Watches are water resistant up to 100 meters and feature canvas, leather and nylon bands. Photo: Courtesy of Slow Watches

The timepieces work more like a sundial than a watch: instead of counting hours and minutes, Slow Watch measures the actual progression of a full day, capitalizing on the "slow down and simplify" movement (the same one that's sending Millennials into tiny houses and converted vans). At the most, it's a reminder to spend your time wisely and a cool gift for the outdoors-lover in your life. At the least, it's a conversation starter while you wait in line at REI.

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