By now, I don’t think there’s anything Japanese watch company Tokyoflash can release which will truly blow away those who’re plenty familiar with their inventive, extravagant designs. Still, you have to give them props for consistency: Every new model is every bit as good as the previous one, and their ability to come up with non traditional time-telling schemes never seems to let up.
The limited edition Kisai Rogue SR2 LCD watch definitely complies with Tokyoflash standards. Appearance-wise it’s a bit on the showy side, as expected, but it manages to remain stylish nevertheless, especially when the LCD is off. It’s made of stainless steel, has an adjustable strap and comes in four colors: Green, blue, red and orange. Plus, it has a LED blacklight function that’ll come in handy if you’re for instance out in the club (that’s one place this watch would feel right at home, for sure) or if you wake up in the middle of the night wondering what the time is. So far though, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, so on to the juicy stuff: How to read it.
The video at the end of this article briefly explains the mechanism, but let’s go into it a little deeper. The face of the Kisai Rogue displays a number of circles placed one within the other. Each circle is in fact made up of a series of blocks with gaps between them; there’s one gap in every circle or series, though, which is notoriously wider than the rest, and that’s what you must focus your attention on.
The outermost ring consists of 60 blocks that represent the minutes. Every fifth block is smaller so as to match and further emphasize the 05, 10, 15, etc. markings on the case of the watch. The ring that follows has the largest blocks of all; these stand for approximate minutes, while the innermost ring has 12 blocks that correspond to the hours. In order to tell the time, we have to check the position of the big gaps in each ring. Furthermore, there are two crescent shapes that tell us whether it’s AM (left one) or PM (right one). Taking all of this into account, you can tell that on the example directly above it’s 6:07 PM.
Admittedly it’s not as “easy” a method as the Tokyoflash website claims, but in comparison to other watches they’ve released it’s by all means easier, and likely a matter of getting used to it.
Available for $179.00.
Have a look at other nifty watches by the same manufacturer, over here: Tokyoflash Tron-Inspired Watch Design, Tokyoflash Breaking Glass Watch Calls The Thunder and Simple And Stylish ‘Direction’ Watch Design From Tokyoflash.