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We’re Giving Away Three Tokyoflash Watches!

By David Ponce

Those of you reading OhGizmo! for a while will know we’re big fans of Tokyoflash watches. The impossibly difficult to read timepieces are as much of a geek’s badge of honor than a stylish wristwatch, and they make the best conversation starters. So, in the spirit of the Holidays, and in partnership with Tokyoflash, we’re giving away three watches… of your choice!

This contest is a little different than our previous ones, so pay attention to the details below.

How to win?: Answer the following question: “Which Tokyoflash watch would be perfect for your next space expedition?” The answer can be found at Tokyoflash’s website. When you think you know the answer, email it to “ohgizmo [at] tokyoflash [dot] com”. In the email, you can also state which watch you’d like to get, should you be one of the winners. 3 winners will be selected at random.

Who can enter?: This is open to the world.

When does it end?: Emails will not be counted after midnight, December 24th, EST. The winner will be announced the following day, the 25th, Christmas.

Once again, Happy Holidays!

Tokyoflash Watches Now Available With Fur

By Evan Ackerman

How do you make a watch that’s impossible to read even better? You make it out of dead animal bits, that’s how. Tokyoflash has a new series of wristwatches called Waku that incorporate bands and faces made with a strip of brown leather, “croc effect” black leather, or “natural” fur from some unspecified but probably cute (cute pre-watch, anyway) animal. A series of fourteen holes poked in the leather face let LEDs shine through which, if you concentrate, you can use to decipher what time it is. Eventually, anyway… “A simple animation sparkles before the time is presented in three easy-to-read steps.” But I guess you wouldn’t buy a Tokyoflash watch if you weren’t into those sorts of shenanigans, would you?

Each watch is about $130 with either white or multicolored LEDs, available now.

[ Toykoflash Waku ] VIA [ Neatorama ]

Tokyoflash Jackpot Watch – Maybe If I Was A Betting Man

Tokyoflash Jackpot Watch (Image courtesy ThinkGeek)
By Andrew Liszewski

Tokyoflash has always targeted the retro and design-minded when it came to their unique line of watches. But this time around they’re casting their net a little wider to include those with a gambling addiction, particularly slot jockeys. (Or anyone under the power of ‘Gamblor’ as Homer called him.) The Tokyoflash Jackpot watch has a set of 4 dot-matrix LEDs used to present the time and date, but they also double as the spinning dials in a slot machine. One button is used to set your bet and the other is used to spin the digits, and I assume as you play, the watch keeps track of your running total. Thankfully though if you have an unlucky streak the only money you’ll actually lose is the $99.99 you paid for the watch in the first place.

[ Tokyoflash Jackpot Watch ]

Tokyoflash Now Selling Nekura Scramble & Progression Watches

Nekura Progression & Scramble Watches (Images courtesy Tokyflash)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re already a fan of Tokyoflash’s unique collection of obscure and hard to read watches, then you’ll no doubt like these two new additions from Nekura. But if you’re the type who can’t understand why anyone would strap anything so ugly looking to their wrist, these aren’t going to change your mind. Both watches feature full color LEDs embedded beneath the LCD display which can be switched between blue, green, cyan, red, pink and yellow or even be set to cycle through the various colors. They also each have a custom engraved, self-adjusting stainless steel wristband finished with a ‘neatly designed’ clasp.

As for telling time, the display on the Scramble (left) has twelve blocks to indicate the hours in a clockwise direction, eleven blocks in the center to represent the movement of time in groups of 5 minutes, and 4 smaller blocks on top to indicate single minutes. The Progression (right) is actually a bit easier to decipher. It has 12 blocks arranged in a circle to indicate the hours in a clockwise direction, with minutes being displayed as actual digits in the middle of the circle.

Both the Nekura Progression and the Nekura Scramble are available on the Tokyoflash website right now, for $123.29 each.

[ Nekura Progression & Scramble Watches ] VIA [ GeekAlerts ]

Tokyoflash’s Latest: Twelve 5-9, Q Version

twelve 5-9 q version tokyoflash

By David Ponce

We think Tokyoflash’s watches make amazing gifts, quite simply because they’re unusual and make great conversation starters. And they’re always coming up with new designs. The latest? It’s called “Twelve 5-9 Q Version”. It happens to look like a brushed silver orifice of some sort, which makes it even cooler in our books.

A fusion of the robotic and the organic has inspired a distinctly bio-mechanical feel – a step in a new direction for the series.

The Q version uses the established 12-5-9 method to tell the time. 12 hours, 5 groups of 10 minutes and 9 single minutes. Moving clockwise from the top of the display, the first two lines of LED’s show the hours 1-12, each lit LED indicating one hour. The next line indicates minutes up to 50, each LED showing 10 minutes. The final two lines indicate single minutes 1-9, one LED for each minute.

It’s this sort of maddening complexity in what is usually a simple act (telling time) that makes their products so compelling.

This particular watch costs 14,900 Yen (about $136) 15,900 Yen (about $145), with free shipping. But for the Holidays, OhGizmo! readers get a 1,000 Yen (about $9) discount with the following coupon code: XM38.

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Tokyoflash “Radio Active” Watch

Radio Active

By Evan Ackerman

Most of the time, I’m pretty impressed with Tokyoflash watches. I like the fact that they’re quirky, yet stylish. The Radio Active watch, however, may be a little bit overboard, which is quite a feat if you’re at all familiar with the Tokyoflash, uh, genre. In some ways, it’s actually underboard, in that it’s not impossible to tell time with: the Danger indicator shows hours 1-6; add 6 if the Warning light is on. The lights in the Radio Active symbol stand for 10, 20, and 30 minutes, and the Active Reactor lights stand for 1 minute each. Just add everything up and you get the time. My problem with this watch, though, is that it’s far too gimmicky compared to the elegance and creativity of some other Tokyoflash designs, and while the concept is decent, the execution isn’t. Besides, isn’t “radioactive” one word? And as far as doing anything at all to actually detect radioactivity… Well, you’re on your own in that department. $103.75.

[ Radio Active ] VIA [ Sci-Fi Tech ]

TokyoFlash Releases Geomesh Watch; We Drool A Little

geomesh watch

By David Ponce

Yeah, we’ve told you before, and we’re telling you again: we love’ums Tokyoflash watches. They’re not only stylish, but impossibly difficult to read and make for awesome conversation pieces. And just when we thought they’d run out of novel ways of displaying time, they come out with the Geomesh.

Reminiscent of some kind of satellite tracking system, the LED’s in Geomesh light up in various patterns that cryptically tell the time. It’s a very unique display & uses the horizontal and vertical lights to indicate hours & minutes.

The face is a mirrored grid with 27 LED’s. Hours are indicated by counting the vertical lights & minutes by the horizontal lights. The minute lights can indicate 5 mins each light or 1 minute depending on the configuration – sounds complicated, but not really that difficult.

Right. If you (like us) just went “huh?”, hit the jump for a couple of pictures where you can test your ability to read time on this piece.

Out here you get to find out that it’s available in a brushed Gunmetal finish with either white, blue or multi-color LED’s, that it costs about $122 and that there’s free shipping for the following 4 days.

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Tokyoflash Releases Equalizer BPM Watch

equalizer bpm

By David Ponce

If you’ve been reading this site for some time, you’ll know that we’re big Tokyoflash fans. They make unique watches that are often easier on the eyes than on the brain; time often needs to be decoded rather than simply read, a fact that tickles ours geeky fancy. But their latest watch takes a different approach. The Equalizer BPM simply shows you the time. Just like that. The twist is that in addition to having included an LED flashlight, the watch allows you to determine beats per minute. Simply tap the D button in synch to whatever you want, and after five taps the watch will begin to display the BPMs; you can keep tapping and the watch will average out your last 5 taps.

Not sure if it’s terribly useful, but then again watches rarely are these days. It has a nice brushed metal look, and from our past experience with Tokyoflash watches, we know it’s solidly built. It’s 7,900 yen (~$65), and available now.

[ Equalizer BPM Watch ]

Tokyoflash Releases Zero-G Watch

zero-g tokyoflash

By David Ponce

Our love affair with Tokyoflash watches continues unabated. Their latest model is called the Zero-G.

The super slim Zero-G has everything that makes great unique watch. Simple & stylish with a original way of telling the time.

Available in either Black or Silver, it’s mirrored LCD display ensures that telling the time is just a glance away. The circular display is deceptively easy to read: The LCD “arm” points to the hour just like a regular watch & the sweeping curve ends at the minute mark, also indicating the minutes in a regular manner. Since the display is “always on” there is no need to push a button to see the time.

It’s going to set you back 9800 yen (~$80), and is available now.

[ Product Page ]