My passion for mechanical watches led to an incredible opportunity of entering a design competition for the iconic watch brand HMT. I gathered a variety of learnings from the process of designing the dial and although there were endless obstacles in the manufacturing process, I'm proud of the result.
The first iteration focused entirely on the defining characteristic of HMT: its use of Devanagari numerals as indices.

The second iteration expanded on the use of the numerals and drew inspiration from the Rolex Skydweller and Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT with its radial positioning. Recognising technical constraints, luminous dots were removed and legibility became a priority.

The third and final iteration struck a balance between the numerals and legibility. From previous experience with applied (metal) markers, the numerals would not have interacted with light desirably. Therefore I opted to use faceted indices and printed numerals for ideal legibility and contrast under different lighting conditions.
The Airavata was produced in 3 different colours: a vibrant blue, understated brown and jade green. There were iterations on the dial finish before settling on the ideal shade. This step was as important as the design itself because the colour varies dramatically between lighting conditions.
40mm case size
20mm lug width
Drilled lugs
Domed plexi crystal
Sunburst dial finish
Individually numbered and engraved caseback
17-jewel in house HMT movement