Rivkah – The 3D Printed Watch: Case Design
By: Kaz Mirza
Please use the interactive 3D CAD rendering below (point and drag) to check out the current iteration of the Rivkah MTP-1 case. I’ve also included a rendering of the type of acrylic crystal I’ll be using so you can get a full sense of the profile (#datdome). The current case dimensions are approximately 40mm x 40mm and please note that this rendering doesn’t feature the case back yet. The 4 holes you’ll see in the back are for the threaded inserts that will be used to screw in the case back. I’ve made the rendering white here because it’s easier to see the nuances on a screen easier, but the final product will most likely be black (due to the nature of the carbon fiber nylon I’ll be using).
Please Note: the interactive rendering may be difficult to see on mobile – best bet would be to view this piece on desktop. However, while on mobile clicking the white square in the left hand bottom of the CAD viewer and then clicking “3D view” next to it will center the case design and allow you to use the directional arrows in the top left corner.
What was important for me to achieve here was balance. You’ll note that the case features a blend of aggressive angles and gentle slopes – sometimes these contrasting elements stand alone but then there are some parts where they’ll be blended. My favorite contour is the beveled slope that spans the case sides from north lug to south lug. At the apex of the curve close to the bezel the bevel is non-existent, but then as the slope grows the bevel begins to grow.
Keeping the idea of balance in mind, I wanted the Rivkah MTP-1 to feel both refreshingly unique and familiar. So from the case sides you’ll see a profile that’s symmetrical (which is unusual for watches – usually the lug to lug distance is longer than the normal East to West diameter. However, when you look at the case from the dial side (as if you’re reading the time) the profile is super classic and you don’t get the impression that the overall dimensions are that of a square (40mm x 40mm).
I’ll be adding more info to this page when I’m able to show real-time photographs of the case when it’s printed. But I just wanted to update the #watchfam on where the case design is at. There’s also been progress on the dial, hands, and applied chapter ring/indices. So stay tuned for written updates on those too.
Please feel free to let me know your thoughts, good, bad, indifferent – all are welcome! I’d be happy to get a reading about where the current case design is and have you all be involved since, well, you know – I’m making this for the #watchfam!
Stay awesome, everyone.
Kaz has been collecting watches since 2015, but he’s been fascinated by product design, the Collector’s psychology, and brand marketing his whole life. While sharing the same strong fondness for all things horologically-affordable as Mike (his TBWS partner in crime), Kaz’s collection niche is also focused on vintage Soviet watches as well as watches that feature a unique, but well-designed quirk or visual hook.