We've seen plenty of watches that have tried to do something different from the norm. The watch with one hand, the watch with one hand and no numbers, and every single watch from Tokyo Flash, to cite just three examples. And now we have another, this one being a watch that has the hands pointing inwards rather than outwards.

This is the Nadir, a watch designed by Damian Barton for Projects Watches. While a normal watch has the numbers placed around the outside of the face and the hands pointing from the center outwards, Nadir has the numbers collected around a small disc in the middle of the face and the hands positioned on the outside and pointing inwards.

This unusual design means your eye is drawn inextricably to the center of the watch. It also makes you look twice, mainly because it isn't what you expect to see when looking at a watch. It arguably makes it easier to tell what the time is ... at least once you get used to seeing the time told from such a peculiar angle. It helps that the opposite ends of the hands point to where you would expect to find them on a normal watch, so even those who find themselves confused by the Nadir have an easy alternative method for telling the time.

Nadir features a black leather strap and black stainless steel face, with both the numbers and hands picked out in white. It's designed to be worn by both sexes and is priced at US$125.

View gallery - 4 images