When it comes to designing trendy obfuscated watches, Tokyo Flash is constantly upping the ante. The Kisai Stencil LCD Watch is the latest offering from the creative stables of Tokyo Flash and what sets it apart from the rest of the clique, is the fact that it is fan-conceived. Originally submitted by watch designer Heather Sable to the Tokyo Flash blog, the watch is an intriguing medley of digits, dots, patterns, and bares the unmistakable Tokyo Flash signature style.
“I found that I had a knack for creating read-at-a-glance designs with cryptic looking, yet easy to read digits,” Sable told Tokyo Flash. “I designed the digits for this concept by starting with rectangular shapes, and cutting out unnecessary pieces using line segments and dots. By arranging them into four quadrants with some connecting lines, the display appears to be just a bunch of stenciled in lines and dots, while if you read the background, you can see the digits clearly.”
The Kisai Stencil LCD Watch like most offerings by Tokyo Flash obliterates all horology cliches and gives a geeky rhythm to the quintessential, this time, by playing with negative space. At the core of the design lies a generously sized LCD display, which at first glance appears to be displaying random dots and lines. However, there is rhythm to this randomness, as the trick is to focus on the negative space; i.e., the background, along with the large numerals that are displayed in a two by two grid. Thus, the hours are displayed in the upper half of the screen, and the minutes in the lower half of the screen.
It is not just the cryptic display that will grab eyeballs, as the Kisai Stencil also has a very stylish design sensibility. Chic and contemporary, the watch is a limited edition, making it even more covetable in our eyes. Constructed out of premium polished stainless steel and uniquely cut mineral crystal lens and featuring a genuine leather strap, the watch screams style, and makes quite a fashion statement. The leather strap itself is available in a choice of a brooding black or a whimsical white and the LCD display comes in five pulsating shades, which are; (red, pink, green, blue, or mirrored).
The Kisai Stencil LCD doesn’t just tell time, but also displays the day in its own inimitable style. It also includes the all important alarm mode and the backlight ensures that you can tell time in the dark as well. The watch also prides itself in being extremely lightweight (it weighs just around 50 grams) and the battery is guaranteed to last at least an impressive twelve months.
Fans of Obtuse timepiece will appreciate Tokyo Flash’s desire to ignore symmetry, and personally, their imaginative musings always get a big thumbs up from us. Those who have succumbed to the geeky yet trendy charm of the Kisai Stencil will be interested to know that currently, the watch is selling for an introductory price of $99, as opposed to the original $139. So head over to the Tokyo Flash website here and grab this beauty, before someone else does. Watch the video below, to catch the Kisai in all its geeky glory.