Two pulsating rings of light, a cool futuristic design & LEDs curving around your wrist, Kisai Seven brings an ultra-modern look to what is essentially a regular watch.
It may look unconventional, but those two rings point to the hours and minutes just like a normal wrist watch making it easy to read at a glance.
The inner ring is the hour hand and the outer ring is the minute hand. There is a dark void section in each ring that literally points to the time. The lights trailing off around the wrist are not just for show either, they help you pin down the exact minute by lighting up in segments.
To demonstrate, check out the image below of the blue watch. You can clearly see the inner ring has a dark section pointing to 9 and the outer ring is pointing straight up, so the time is 9 o'clock.
The lights above & below the circles indicate 1-4 minutes. Here they are half way across so that's 2 minutes. We already know it's 9 o'clock, but to be exact, it's 9:02. Like all watches from Tokyoflash, Kisai Seven easy to read once you know how.
The watch itself has a hard plastic case which is curved to fit over your wrist. The strap section is polyurethane with a seamless butterfly clasp at the back. Adjusting the strap is quite clever. You simply cut the polyurethane strap down to size to fit your wrist perfectly. You can do this at home if you have some simple tools handy, or of course you can ask your local jewellers or watch shop to help. This means it is suitable for both small and large wrists.
Available with blue white or red LEDs, each part of Kisai Seven has been individually custom designed and manufactured including the case, strap and uniquely programmed LED display. Like all watches from Tokyoflash Japan, it is a limited edition design which means it is guaranteed to be an original watch that not many other people own.
For more information about this watch design, you can download the PDF manual above.
Kisai Seven lights up for 10 seconds when you press the button to reveal the time. There is a subtle pulsing effect as the light gets brighter and then fades out.
There are also three user selectable light up options to choose from:
1) Continuous: the watch pulses the time constantly.
2) Every 30 seconds: the watch lights up to show the time and fades out every 30 seconds.
3) Every 5 minutes: the watch lights up to show the time and fades out once every 5 minutes.
Or, you can turn the automatic light up feature off completely.
This watch design connects to your computer to charge via USB cable (included). A full charge takes about 3 hours & should last about a month on standard mode. The battery can be recharged more than 300 times.
If you set the continuous light-up mode the battery will drain more quickly but it's a great mode to have active when going out to a bar or club. You can of course top up the battery the following day.
In February 2010, Tokyoflash opened its Design Studio Blog to showcase its concept designs and request ideas for new watch designs from fans. The idea for Kisai Seven was submitted by Scott Galloway and was inspired by one of his favorite films, TRON. Originally called 7R0N on the blog, it was voted as one of the most popular designs by fans. This is the third concept submitted by a fan to become reality.
Find out more about the original concept on the Tokyoflash Design Studio BLOG.
Blog reader & watch designer, Scott Galloway from the UK says:
I remember seeing the design challenge for the first time and my only goal was to try and get a design on it. So I sat at my laptop and thought “ok, what would I want on my wrist?”. I love all kinds of science fiction; it’s a massive part of who I am. I also wanted something that would light up and stand out like nothing before it. I don’t mind getting attention now and again, and nothing sets the standard better than my Pimp’in Aint Easy watch. So that was my brief, sci-fi + pimpin'!
I genuinely couldn’t believe it when my design appeared on the blog. That was it as far as I was concerned, job done. However I couldn’t have been more wrong as it turned out to be only the start. So many websites picked up on the design and the comments were truly incredible.
Even now, a year on, I still can’t quite believe it. I’d like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who voted or left a comment, and of course to everyone at Tokyoflash Japan, for making my design a reality. End of line.