Dials? Numbers? Child, please. When I read my watch, I read my watch. Digits and directions don't even enter into the equation. And by equation, I mean words.
I liked the Qlocktwo, a clock that tells you the time in plain English (or Spanish or Swedish or French or whatever). That's why I'm glad there is now an iPhone app with the same functionality.
At first glance, we thought the Qlocktwo was some intentionally confusing, Tokyoflash-like time puzzle. Then we learned that those symbols are called letters. And letters, following long-standing social constructs, form words.