The Tokyo Flash Kisai X is inspired by cryptography – and it shows
March 5, 2013
For those who like their watches to be anything but traditional analog timepieces, ultra-modern watchmaker Tokyo Flash has unveiled its latest design in the Kisai range. The “Kisai X” is said to be inspired by cryptography – and it shows – with a difficult-to-decipher LED face displaying what at first glance appears to be sharp lines shining through a dark pyramid lens.
The Kisai X is a fan-submitted design which sees Tokyo Flash abandoning the relatively accessible design of the Kisai Zone in favor of a timepiece which may invoke harsh ridicule or enthusiastic admiration, depending on the taste of the beholder. Either way, a reaction of some sort is all but guaranteed – which is probably half the point of purchasing a Tokyo Flash watch, after all.
According to the company, the (24 or 12) hour time is discerned from reading top to bottom, whereas minutes are shown from left to right. All of which sounds easy, but just try and work out what's displayed in the photo above.
In addition to the time of day, the Kisai X features date and alarm modes, accessed by pushing the lower button. In a similar way to the time, date is also read from top to bottom for month, and left to right for day. An animation mode also instructs the watch to display an animation at 10-minute intervals between 6 pm and midnight.
An internal rechargeable battery provides power, and this should be good for around a month before requiring a top-up via USB. The internal rechargeable battery is said to be able to complete over 300 charge cycles.
The Kisai X is available in stainless steel case and strap with silver or black finish, and a display in blue, green or red variations. It has launch price of US$99.
Source: Tokyo Flash