Tokyflash limited edition: Kisai 3D Unlimited


Kisai 3D Unlimited

While you could argue there is way too many watch concepts floating around the interwebs, I think we can safely agree that not very many actually make a leap outside the binary realm and into the solid Euclidean world. One of the epicenters, a mecca if you will, of futuristic watch design enthusiast is the Tokyoflash, a mystical digital domain dominated by bubbling ideas and exotic concepts, some so delightfully convoluted in their cryptic impracticality and other gravely dedicated to sober principles of time telling, but each and every one feverishly worshiping the infinite Religion of Time. Or perhaps, its just full of artsy techno geeks vying for a little recognition, your guess is as good as mine.

Kisai 3D Unlimited

Kisai 3D Unlimited, pink and silver

Whatever the case may be, the results of those cyber(horo)logical experiments can be quite interesting. Subjected to the merciless scrutiny of the all-knowing and unforgiving public, various designs are exposed to the relentless voting process which sometimes yields in designs transcending into a higher order of being – an actual living, ticking, tangible time telling device! Such was the destiny of Kisai 3D Unlimited. Offered at the altar of Chronos back in March 2010, this simple, but striking concept, endured several painful metamorphosis until it emerged before us in this current, solid shape. Year and a half might seem long to us mortals, but Time is but an illusion trapped into the bottle of our multiverse.

Kisai 3D Unlimited, the earliest concept

Kisai 3D Unlimited, the earliest concept

Kisai 3D Unlimited

... and the take two.

Floating back to our reality, the actual Kisai 3D Unlimited watch is, like many of Tokyoflash artifacts, made of stainless steel and features a “cutting edge mirrored LCD display”. In terms of chronometric functions, it keeps track of time and also displays the date. It could be filed into “watches for dummies” category as far as the usual Tokyflash concepts go, thanks to its readable-at-first-glance system, unlike many of Tokyoflash artifacts. If I should form an opinion, as expected from a writer of a respectable watch magazine, I’d say it hasn’t lost any of its appeal because of its premeditated legibility. Au contraire!

It should be obvious how the time is displayed, the top face of shown trigonal trapezohedron shows an hour, the bilateral lower half shows minutes. It is worth noting that the mirrored LCD display is always turned on which renders your touching the button unnecessary, unless you are about to check on date in which case you should press the lower button. If you should like to inform yourself of time in lower visibility conditions, i.e. night, you will be glad to know that Kisai 3D Unlimited features an EL backlight.

Kisai 3D Unlimited, black and green variant

Kisai 3D Unlimited, black and green variant

Other technical specifications that might be of some importance to nerds: the battery used is the CR2016, a standard replaceable watch battery that should provide the watch with enough energy for a whole year, if you do not happen to be on the Antarctica during the night interval. 8.5 mm thickness makes this one of the thinnest designs from Tokyoflash, and it weighs a respectable 120 grams.

Kisai 3D Unlimited is available in seven LCD colors, two steel variants and for a limited time interval.

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