Modern watches have made life easier for us, whether it be integrating alarms, mp3 players, games, and even cell phones. Or quite simply, having a user-friendly interface to read the time a lot faster and easier. But some brands just love to go against the flow.
Tokyoflash Japan is known for coming out with timepieces that require a bit more time to tell the time (Puns intended.) With their past models, you had to either do simple arithmetic or squint and focus really, really hard to know what time it is.
The Kisai Space Digits are no different. Inspired by intergalactic travel, the watch sports an interface (framed under a mineral crystal lens) that looks like Star Trek’s Warp Drive.
The time and date are presented together, albeit in a unique layout. You can read the time (hour and minute) from left to right, while the date (month and day) can be read from top to bottom. It takes a bit of getting used to, as our eyes aren’t used to reading Warp Drive-ish digits.
But this quirky and unique time display presents a few advantages: 1. Strangers won’t easily tell the time by looking at your watch discreetly. Because people looking at other people’s watches are creepy. 2. Though if you are into strangers, it makes for a great conversation starter.
I wish there were more interface customization options, rather than having just two colours to choose from, which are green and blue. I believe blue would make the digits look very futuristic and clean.
The interface can be read even in daylight, and at night, there’s a glow-in-the-dark EL backlight. Warp Drive and glow-in-the-dark? This is every geek’s dream watch!
The watch is made of stainless steel and it comes in three tones: black, silver, or gold. The black looks very modern and quite badass, especially in contrast with the interface. I can imagine Darth Vader wearing one of these. The gold is very elegant and would look great on geek girls. The silver is pretty much the safe zone, neither flashy nor too drab. Just right. The case has pristine sand-blasted finish with a highly polished detail on its sides and buttons.
The strap is adjustable and tapers from the case, making it a good fit for both small and large wrists. The battery is a standard CR2025, which usually has a life of 12 months and can easily be replaced. Space Digits also comes with an alarm and an animation mode.
I love how Tokyoflash Japan watches are a hate it or love it thing. Many will still prefer the reliable hand of a clock. Or many will want a digital watch that’s a lot less stressful to decipher. Many will not get the appeal of a Kisai Space Digits. But for those who want something edgy, cool, and flat out make you stand out from the crowd, a $149 futuristic watch with undecipherable digits are plain awesome – even if you have to squint every now and then.