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Kisai Blade watch tells time with an aviation-inspired light show

Kisai Blade watch tells time w...
The Kisai Blade in Date mode
The Kisai Blade in Date mode
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The Kisai Blade is based on a concept by Peter Fletcher
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The Kisai Blade is based on a concept by Peter Fletcher
Another version of the Peter Fletcher concept
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Another version of the Peter Fletcher concept
The Kisai Blade uses aviation and automotive themes
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The Kisai Blade uses aviation and automotive themes
The crystal of the Kisai Blade is replaced by a bespoke lens design
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The crystal of the Kisai Blade is replaced by a bespoke lens design
The Kisai Blade has a steel case
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The Kisai Blade has a steel case
The Kisai Blade is of unisex design
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The Kisai Blade is of unisex design
The Kisai Blade is available with leather strap
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The Kisai Blade is available with leather strap
The Kisai Blade uses a USB-chargeable battery
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The Kisai Blade uses a USB-chargeable battery
The casing and strap are avaiable in gold finish
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The casing and strap are avaiable in gold finish
The silver finish casing
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The silver finish casing
The black finish casing
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The black finish casing
The Kisai Blade uses aviation and automotive themes
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The Kisai Blade uses aviation and automotive themes
The Kisai Blade uses aviation and automotive themes
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The Kisai Blade uses aviation and automotive themes
The Kisai Blade in Turning Mode
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The Kisai Blade in Turning Mode
The Kisai Blade in Alarm mode
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The Kisai Blade in Alarm mode
The USB chagring port for the Kisai Blade
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The USB chagring port for the Kisai Blade
Small LEDs show the exact minutes
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Small LEDs show the exact minutes
The Kisai Blade in Date mode
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The Kisai Blade in Date mode
The Kisai Blade runs for 30 days between chargings
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The Kisai Blade runs for 30 days between chargings
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Some Tokyoflash watches may be almost as impossible to read as they are fun, but they can’t be faulted in the eye-catching department. The latest watch in the Tokyoflash stable, the Kisai Blade, is notable not only for its take on aviation and automotive themes, but also by going against the house trend by being (almost) easy to read by the uninitiated.

Based on a concept submitted to the Tokyoflash Design Studio Blog by Britain’s Peter Fletcher, the Kisai Blade foregoes a crystal for a bespoke turbine-style lens, which uses digital tube LEDs that seem to rotate like the spokes of a wheel.

The Kisai Blade has two time settings. In the Turning Mode, the blades spin and as they do so, three blades light up briefly in turn to indicate the hours and minutes. In the Flashing Mode, one blade lights up to indicate the hour and another flashes to indicate a five minute interval in a manner similar to a conventional watch. Four LED dots by the 12 o’clock blade indicate up to four additional minutes to show the exact time.

The USB chagring port for the Kisai Blade
The USB chagring port for the Kisai Blade

Pressing the upper button twice displays the date in a series of numbered blade codes similar to that used to display the time.

To keep things fun, there’s also a selectable Animation mode, where the LED blades light up and seem to rotate “like a jet engine” at 15-minute intervals between the hours of 6 PM and Midnight.

The casing of the Kisai Blade is a unisex design that fits both small and large wrists. The black, silver or gold sandblasted stainless steel case with brushed detail comes with a choice of blue, green or red LEDs, and a stainless steel or leather strap. The PL301517 battery is rechargeable by connecting via USB cable to a computer. A three and a half hour charge is said to be good for up to 30 days. The watch is rated water resistant to 3 ATM.

The Kisai Blade is priced at US$169.

The video below introduces the Kisai Blade

Source: TokyoFlash

Kisai Blade Turbine Style LED Watch Design From Tokyoflash Japan

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3 comments
RichDavis
It's a little thick.. I don't know about how it tells time. It's just a little too strange for me.
Nairda
Health and safety be damned. Make the blade spin to cool my wrist. Yes, it should be a third of the thickness for what it does. Never understood people's obsession with thick watches.
Almorro
...ordered one on Friday from Japan which was delivered in Brisbane on Monday, fast! I chose the blue led, which is impossible to read in bright light on the default spin setting, perhaps a chance with the 'trad' analouge setting. So very much an 'evening' accessory. Anyway I'll give it a spin for a while! haaaaaaa...