Tokyoflash is a Japanese watchmaker with a penchant for high tech. It has had some beautiful designs in the past, including the Tron-esque Kisai Seven, and the data-storing Kisai Upload. The latest Tokyoflash watch is the Console Acetate, and it looks like it belongs on Robocop's wrist.
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I hate everything about time. Being on time, looking at time, adhering to time. EVERYTHING. My hate for time is a big reason why I never wear watches because then, I would be handcuffed by time. AND WHO WANTS THAT. I'm a free spirit! Don't change me world! Or I can just wear this Kisai On Air Watch that looks more like a faceless watch than a timecuff.
With an face that seems ripped right out of Star Trek's LCARS, you'd think the Gridlock is yet another Tokyoflash watch that's nigh-impossible to read, but you'd be wrong. It's actually quite simple once you figure out the hook.
The occasional grinning nerd with an overcomplicated watch, well, I can take that. Timekeeping is boring, I guess! But there is a limit to novelty. An inscrutable pocket watch? I... I just can't.
TokyoFlash didn't invent the e-paper/e-ink watch, but they are the first to present something truly different with the tech.
At some point, Tokyoflash watches will lose their charm altogether on account of oversaturation in an already niche market. Until then, we can admire their Hanko watch, which I can't seem to pull my eyes away from.
When most of us consider impossible-to-use timepieces, Tokyoflash is the first brand to come to mind. Well now there's a worthy challenger, as the Chronochrome probably can't be deciphered without a cheat sheet.
Gizmodo Gallery visitors got a great sneak peek at Tokyoflash's new watch, the Kisai Tenmetsu, which presents time using tri-coloured LEDs in Tokyoflash's per usual esoteric fashion. If that floated your boat, it's available now on the company's website.
Oh Tokyoflash, how you challenge our perceptions of what a watch should be. The company's newest item, the Kisai Denshoku, looks more like some kind of sound meter, with orange neon bars on an aluminium faceplate. Denshoku is actually one of the easier Tokyoflash watches to read, not that anyone who actually buys these things would use them to tell time in the first place.