Inspired by aviation and automotive themes, Kisai Blade features a custom made turbine-style lens beneath which digital tube LEDs rotate like a propellor to display the time in an easy to read way.
Available in a range of colors and with a choice of stainless steel or leather strap, Kisai Blade has two time modes, date mode, alarm, light-up animation and is USB rechargeable.
With blue, green or red LEDs, Kisai Blade is framed by an industrial-looking sandblasted stainless steel case with brushed detail.
Choose from black, silver or gold. There is also a black leather strap option.
There are two time displays programmed into Kisai Blade. Press the upper button to display the time.
In turning mode, the LED blades spin around the face highlighting three blades in turn which indicate the hour and minutes. It's super easy to follow if you imagine the blades as numbers on a clock.
In flashing mode, the LED blades show hours and minutes at a glance. The lit blade indicates the hour, the flashing blade indicates 5 minute groups and four dots indicate exact minutes 1-4.
You can choose your preferred display mode in the watch settings. View the video demo below to see how easy it is to read the time.
What really brings this watch design to life is its character enhancing animation.
When turned on, the vivid LED blades rotate rapidly like a jet engine once every 15 minutes between 6pm and midnight.
The date can be viewed in the same way as the time by pressing the upper button twice. You can choose whether the date is show as DD:MM or MM:DD. The watch also has an alarm mode.
Kisai Blade is USB rechargeable. To recharge, connect to your computer with the USB cable provided. One full charge will take 3.5 hours and each charge should last 1 month.
Kisai Blade has an adjustable strap making it suitable for small and large wrists.
In February 2010, Tokyoflash Japan opened its Design Studio Blog to showcase concept designs and request ideas for new watch designs from fans. The idea for Kisai Blade was submitted by Peter Fletcher from the UK.
Find out more about the original concept on the Tokyoflash Design Studio Blog.
Blog reader & watch designer Peter Fletcher says:
I have been a fan of design and watches from a very early age, so you can imagine how excited I was when I first stumbled across the blog when looking at Tokyoflash's magical wares on the website.
I had heart palpitations at the very thought of possibly having one of my own designs made, so I started submitting in earnest.
It's fair to say that some of my early designs were a little too conceptual and it took me a while to get a feel for what is actually possible. I have been lucky to have had a few designs considered for development but until this point nothing had gone the distance.
When "Blade" (originally know as "P-Zero") was picked to be developed further I couldn't believe my dream was finally coming true. The concept was developed and elements of another of my designs "Turbine" (a personal favourite of mine) were incorporated, which have taken my original concept to new levels.
I am so pleased with the outcome and want to thank the whole Tokyoflash team for doing such a splendid job! I would also like to thank the fans and the other blog submitters for giving it and me great support.