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QLOCKTWO W Watch Tells You The Time, In Words

By David Ponce

Tokyoflash isn’t the only company to make timepieces with obtuse time-telling schemes. But they certainly seem to be one of the most reasonably priced. The above QLOCKTWO W watch from Biegert & Funk is an interesting concept. It looks like it’s covered in a bunch of letters until you press a button on the side, at which point the time becomes illuminated in plain text. We’re not sure just how precise the scheme is, or if you’ll be confined to knowing the time in quarter hour increments. And we also don’t know the price just yet, although the company did release another product in the past (the QLOCKTWO alarm clock) that relieved its purchasers of a princely $650, so we expect the wristwatch to be in the same ballpark. Availability should be sometime this fall in German and English.

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Tokyoflash Releases Kisai On Air Acetate

By David Ponce

Another week, another design by Tokyoflash. This time it’s the fourth user-submitted concept to be made into a full watch. It’s called Kisai On Air Acetate and features a clean and minimal design that is somewhat a departure from the company’s flashier offerings. The way in which the time is read however is still somewhat novel, with the minutes and hours represented on the same “hand”; the position of the hand gives you the hour while the hand itself is made up of the minutes. The time on the picture above is 3:45.

Kisai On Air Acetate features touch screen technology and displays the time and date. It also has an alarm mode and animation.

The touch screen display has four hot-zones (top, bottom, left, right) which you can simply touch with your finger to change mode; time, date, alarm, light up.

Holding your finger in place for a few seconds allows you to customise; hold your finger over the alarm zone to set the alarm, hold it over the time zone to set the time. It’s intuitive, simple and fun to operate.

For the next 43 hours, shipping is free and the watch is $139, after which it’ll go back up to $159.

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The Devon Tread Watch Costs More Than A Reasonably Priced Car

By David Ponce

Geeky timepieces with obtuse time telling schemes, the likes Tokyoflash specialize in, are not the only kind we talk about at OhGizmo. We also enjoy a fine piece of engineering, one where aesthetics collides with astronomical prices to create a piece worth talking about, if not necessarily lusting after. The Devon Tread is just such a watch.

The exposed movement is a mesmerizing display of the patented interwoven system of conveyor belts. This series of belts includes critical elements that allow the optical recognition system to know every belt position at all times.

The Tread 1 Watch features four internal 2-micron thin belts that spin within the case to display the time. It’s powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable cell that is charged by wireless induction. This electric system runs the belts that are kept in tune with an optical technology. Add that all up, and you have one of the most technically advanced, visually stunning watches ever made.

Yeah, it’s pretty impressive. You can tell there’s a lot going on inside that watch, as you can see in the below video.

But is it worth $17,500? Really?

Fortunately, shipping is free.

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The Sudoku Watch Can Never Give You The Right Time

By David Ponce

The above watch is a concept over at Tokyoflash, and like some previous such concepts, it might one day make it to market. This one however seems to one-up all of the Japanese company’s designs in terms of unreadability. See, to tell the time, you actually have to solve a Sudoku puzzle: each missing digit is the time. So by the time you’ve solved it, it won’t even be the time it was when you started trying. We’re not sure at this point how they plan to deal with this, or even how long it can take to solve a Sudoku puzzle because numbers scare us. But you can head over to their design blog and give you input as it might actually affect whether and how the watch is developed.

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TokyoFlash Releases Optical Illusion Watch

By David Ponce

Back in September on 2010, our favorite watchmaker put a concept up on their design blog. Fast forward 16 months and here it is in the market. It’s called the Optical Illusion watch and is inspired of course by any of these illusions that you see in print or online from time to time. You can train your eyes to see the time in puzzle mode (I tried, it works, but it’s hard) or you can press one of the four hotzones on the touchscreen display to reveal what the time is. There’s also a mode that cycles between puzzle and time mode every 20 seconds. This is meant to attract attention and get conversations started; this has sort of always been the point of a Tokyoflash watch. This one, like the others, doesn’t disappoint.

It’s $179 and for the next 33 hours, shipping is free.

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The Click Keypad Watch Is Not A Calculator

By David Ponce

You can add the Click Keypad watch to the list of time-telling devices whose entire point is to make the business of telling time more (not less) difficult. There’s a certain charm in the process, at least in the mind of certain geeks that are attracted by it. We fall squarely in that group and that’s why we like this watch. Not only does it tell time awkwardly, it also looks like it should be a calculator, but it isn’t. Time is displayed by a sequential blinking of the corresponding LEDs, which are activated after pressing any 0-9 number. The date is similarly triggered and read by pressing “#”.

The Click Keypad comes in 5 colors and costs $90. They ship worldwide.

Video and link after the jump.

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Ziiiro Celeste Is A Good Looking Watch

By David Ponce

We’re aware that watches as a time-telling device are pretty much finished. But they carry on as one of the few acceptable bits of male adornments left. We happen to have a soft spot for a few manufactures like Tokyoflash and Nooka. Well, you can add Ziiiro (with three “i”s) to that list. Their latest offering, the Celeste, tells the time elegantly by featuring rotating bands of colored, semi-transparent material. When different layers superpose, the colors change: gray and blue on the Mono models, and green and blue on the Colored models. You’ll get a better idea by watching the video below. They come in matte-finished stainless steel casings in chrome, gunmetal or black with matching bands. Available for pre-order now for €149 ($205), they’ll start shipping November 18.

ZIIIRO Celeste ( gunmetal / mono ) from ZIIIRO on Vimeo.

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Nooka ZIZM Just Looks Good

By David Ponce

We’ve been big fans of Nooka for some time and have written about their products on several occasions. And while the watch as a timekeeping device may be a dying breed, we firmly believe it’s one of the few ornaments men can wear without wandering into metrosexual/douche territory. We happen to like the look of Nooka’s latest design, the ZIZM.

The ZIZM’s unique faceted crystal lens produces a refracted view of time on the ZenH display. This faceted surface creates a pattern that continues throughout the entire design of the timepiece including Nooka’s first silicone strap. The Zizm is sized by cutting the silicone strap to create the perfect fit for each wearer.

It’s $375 and the company is taking pre-orders now. It comes in black and blue and starts shipping October 24th. Hit the jump for two more pictures.

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Lamborghini AV-L001 Watch Costs A Kidney, Looks Better

By David Ponce

Not only does it look better than that kidney, it tells the time. But who are we kidding, you won’t have to sell a kidney to buy this. Please. You’re buying it because you already own a Lamborghini and have to buy a timepiece that matches, don’t you? Well, here you have Adriano Valente’s AV-L001, a watch with a matching price tag of $35,000. For roughly one-tenth the price of the car, you get a casing made of Karbonyte (allegedly a Titanium Carbon alloy, but we can’t find anything on this online…), a backplate made of either aluminum or titanium, a sapphire crystal cover and titanium screws. The mechanism “is based on the mechanical Engine 001 movement, specially made for the company.” The wrist bands can be made from carbon infused rubber or Alcantara laced rubber.

This will be a limited edition set, with numbered models.

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