Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch - a new take on an all time classic
By Pawel Piejko
December 12, 2011
The pocket watch was the standard portable time-keeping option for around 400 hundreds before being replaced in the 20th century by the more convenient wrist-worn variety. So could the pocket watch return to its former glory? Way-out watchmaker Tokyoflash seems to think so, having combined the classic pocket watch with its futuristic Kisai Rogue unit to create the touchscreen-equipped Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch.
Featuring a stainless steel case with a spring-hinged cover and a 35 cm (13.7 in) stainless steel chain, the Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch resembles its classic counterpart on the outside only. Like its wrist-worn sibling, it comes with touchscreen-based hybrid LCD/LED interface, capable of displaying dual timezones and animations.
The touchscreen is unlocked via swiping your finger across the screen from left to right. There are four "hot-zones" on Kisai Rogue's touch-sensitive face (top, bottom, left and right), that allow to switch between modes - time, date, alarm and LED light up. Settings are triggered by holding your finger in place for a few seconds, to set the time, date, or the alarm.
As with other Tokyoflash offerings, the Kisai watch utilizes a quite simple, yet unusual method of indicating the time. In this case, the current time is displayed by four rings located inside each other, composed of dots and blocks (two rings for each timezone). The current hour is indicated by the gap in the outer ring, while minutes are shown by the number of dots in the inside ring.
The Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch comes in four LCD / LED backlight color options, including red LCD / red LED light, blue LCD / blue LED light, green LCD / green LED light, as well as natural LCD with blue LED light. It is available as a limited edition for the price of US$149.
The following video is a short presentation of Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch: