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CST-01 Watch Is World’s Thinnest

E-ink displays are great for a number of reasons, one of which is that their technology can be harvested and used in other products, like the watch above: the CST-01. Measuring a ridiculous 0.80mm thin, the timepiece is about the thickness of a slap bracelet. Built around a stainless steel frame, it weighs next to nothing: 12g, or less than the weight of five pennies. But its physical attributes are only half the story. Since it uses e-ink to display the time, it barely uses any power at all. As a matter of fact

the micro energy cell (MEC) that powers the watch is incredible in its own right. It can be recharged 10,000 times and lasts over 15 years. The watch can charge in 10 minutes and we expect [it] to be able to function for a month between charges.

Charges in 10 minutes? Lasts a month? Is super thin? Weighs nothing? Sign us up! Well… we should probably say, we’re tempted to plunk down the $129 for a Kickstarter pre-order. The campaign is more than fully funded at the moment, with $613k raised on a $200k goal. Which means that if all else goes well, delivery will happen in September of 2013.

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TokyoFlash Launches Polygon Watch

Our love for Tokyoflash watches hasn’t necessarily waned, but we have to recognize that not all are created equal, which is why we don’t cover every single launch. But we like the Kisai Polygon above. It harkens back to the company’s obtuse time-telling schemes, though once you’ve figured out how it works, it’s actually really simple.

Twelve polygons around the outside of the display show hours, in the same position as hours on a clock.

Six larger triangles inside act as the minute hand, pointing to 00, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 minutes past the hour. Single minutes are displayed by a hexagonal digit in the centre of the display. Easy once you know how.

Yeah, we realize that that particular explanation (or even our attempt) may not be enough to get you to see it right away. But really, it’s like those stereograms that pop out of page once you look at them right. Which is the beauty of the Kisai Polygon in our opinion. Still, hit the jump for a graphic that could help clear things up a bit.

It’s $99.

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New Romain Jerome Watch Features Parts Of An Actual DeLorean Car

Romain Jerome is known for making expensive watches that contain pieces of various things, like the Titanic or moon dust. It’s a winning formula it appears, and now the company has announced the launch of the DeLorean DNA watch. It features pieces of an original DeLorean DMC-12 and has “an aesthetic reminiscent of the classic car.”

The ring surrounding the minute counter at 3 o’clock evokes the original design of the wheel rims, while the hands are inspired by automobile dashboards. The small seconds dial has the same colours and look as the car’s tail-lights.

Of course like most of his other timepieces that are either expensive or ridiculously expensive, the DeLorean DNA watch clocks in at a hefty $15,900. There will only be 81 of them made, and that’s a good thing too considering there are only 6,500 of the cars left and we’d rather not see even a single one of them be sacrificed in the name of fancy watchmaking.

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Seiko Japan Launches Limited Edition Star Wars Watches

The Star Wars saga is perhaps the cult classic amongst geeks, so it’s no surprise to see products like the above watch making the rounds whenever they’re announced. Seiko Japan is putting out a series of wristwatches featuring various characters from the films. The one in the picture is the Seiko Brightz R2-D2, and features a 300dpi screen that can display scenes from the movies. Other watches are more traditional looking and come in flavours of Darth Maul, Darth Vader and Stormtroopers. Depending on the model, there will be between 500 and 1,500 of each made. With limited supply comes of course the fancy prices: around $1,800, although now that they’re already on the market, you can find some on eBay for less.

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Tokyoflash Releases Kisai Zone

At this point we believe we don’t need to hammer in just how much we like Tokyoflash. So let’s cut to the chase and just announce that they have a new watch out. It’s made from stainless steel and features an always on LCD screen with “a composition of stylized hexagons.” These are fairly easy to read at a glance, as the hexagons actually write out numerals. It looks a little weird at first, but the picture above should clear things up a bit. Another thing to note is the “constantly moving display. Seconds are always changing and fractions of seconds continuously rotate. An additional animation sends hexagons spinning around the screen once every 15 minutes. Both of these animations can be turned on or off.”

It comes in two strap and four LCD colours. The Kisai Zone is currently $99 for the next 26 hours, and will go up to $139 afterwards.

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This Smartwatch Looks Like A Regular Watch, But Isn’t

If you’re in a fancypants business meeting and you feel your phone vibrate in your pocket, it might be bad form to take it out to see what it is. If you’re wearing the above Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity watch, you can still know if it was a message, an email, a calendar event, or even a missed call. The timepiece syncs through Bluetooth 4.0 (the new low power Bluetooth profile) and a dedicated hand points to words inscribed all around the rim. A quick glance at your wrist is all you’ll need. Finally, if ever you misplace your phone, you can also use the watch to find it, playing a kind of “getting colder/hotter” game.

It’s an interesting idea, giving you a few useful techie features without appearing to do so in its design. The only issue is that Citizen expects you to pay around $550 for the privilege. If you’ve got that kind of disposable income, look for it this fall.

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Slap Bracelets Sure Have Come A Long Way

Remember the 90’s? Yeah, neither do we. We did everything we could to erase them from memory, consciously repressing all the neon colours, the Dawson’s Creek characters and the dated music that we could. But some memories survived. The Slap Bracelets? Yeah, we have to admit those were kind of fun. So we’re happy to see them again, even if they look nothing like their 90’s counterparts. The Ritmo Mundo Reflex is a watch, albeit a fun-looking, LED-laden one. You have to make a tiny effort to tell the time, reading the time from three different banks of LEDs, but it’s really not that complicated. It is however much more expensive than the toys of 20 years ago: $150.

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These Watches Are Made Of Concrete

There are those who consider the urban environment to rival in beauty that of nature itself. The concrete jungle, with towers rising high above ground and complex angular lines crisscrossing one another in an amalgam of chaos and serenity dazzles even the casual onlooker, often in wonderment. It is perhaps with this background in mind that Dzmitry Samal created the above line of watches. They’re partly made of the essential bone, the fundamental atom and primal foundation of any metropolis: concrete. In this case, a special mix which is resistant to submersion up to 5 ATM (50 meters). The hands themselves are shaped like skyscrapers and on some models rotate on a background of atypical geometry that can evoke the image of a city. The glass is anti-reflective sapphire and the mechanism Swiss made.

As you can imagine, they’re not cheap. The eight models, named “One to Eight Dzimitry Samal” (as in One Dzimitry Samal, Two Dzimitry…), will be made in limited runs of 100 to 150 per model. And they’ll set you back a cool $1,200.

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TokyoFlash Releases Kisai Online

By David Ponce

TokyoFlash, our favourite geeky, obtuse-timetelling watchmakers, have released yet another watch. This one is called Kisai Online, and features an accelerometer which is used to reveal the time. When your arm is down or doing anything but pointing the watch towards you, the face of the watch looks like nothing but a bunch of squiggly lines. But when you want to know what time it is, just turn it towards your face and parts of those lines will fall away to reveal digits. They’re fairly easy to read, though they do require a little getting used to. Press a button and the date appears; press it again and the alarm time shows up.

The watch is available in two colours of band (black and silver) and three colours of LCD (blue, red or natural). It’s $149 for the next 37hours, after which it’ll go up to $169.

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