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The Kisai Vortex Pocket Watch mixes old and new in the best way possible

 

If you have an affinity for fashions from the past, there’s a good chance you know about steampunk. It’s a crossing of Victorian era and science fiction in the most wonderful of ways. The inventions are astounding, the fashions are breathtaking, and the people are always eclectically charming. Of course, this sub-culture doesn’t fit the bill for everyone.

If you like the aesthetics, but wish the color palette was a bit different, then maybe putting a little cyberpunk into the mix will be more appealing. The Kisai Vortex Pocket Watch is futuristic take on a classic timepiece. It has a touchscreen display on which it can show you the time (in two different ways), date, or be your alarm. Of course, any watch from TokyoFlash is going to be a bit difficult to read until you learn its secret. This pocket watch however, seems to be especially difficult.

There are six spirals that look like a cyclone of tiny marks. The outermost ring represents the seconds, and the interior spirals represent the hours and minutes. The first and second interior spirals show hours 1-12 and 60 minutes, and inside of that is again hours 1-12 and 60 minute marks. It’s hard to un-see after you figure it out, and is easier to read every time you look at it. To set the time and date, swipe your finger left to right over the screen to unlock it and then proceed to tinker with settings. This will cost you $149, and comes in a stainless steel pocket watch case with a mineral crystal lens. It is on a spring hinge, so you’ll want to be gentle lest you want to break the mechanism. You’ll have the options for a blue LCD screen with blue backlighting, or a natural LCD screen with a red backlight.

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Engine Growling Mustang Clock offers a sweet, sweet sound for your ears

With so many different clocks being out there in the market at the moment – and for sure, the situation will still be the same for the next generation, just which particular model should you choose from in order to tell the time? After all, there is a clock for every budget, and if you would like to go all old school, a grandfather clock would definitely look grand in your living room. Having said that, petrolheads will most probably fall in love with the $39.95 Engine Growling Mustang Clock, where this particular wall clock would pay homage to America’s definitive muscle car since 1964 – the Ford Mustang.

Instead of having numbers around to tell the time, this 13″ clock face will feature a dozen legendary models that range from the inaugural “1964 1/2” convertible coupe to the modern Boss 305. Each hour that happens will hear the clock announce it with authentic recordings of each model’s signature engine revving up, and that would include the growl of the 1968 GT Fastback as well as the burly sounds of the 1976 Cobra II. There will be light sensors that deactivate the sounds whenever the room is dark, so that everyone can sleep peacefully in the wee hours of the morning. The Engine Growling Mustang Clock will run not on gas, but a trio of AA batteries.
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The Perpetual Calendar makes each day seem like a work of art

Keeping track of the days is sometimes difficult. Time can fly by and have us questioning what day, week, or even month it is. We have calendars on our phones, hang up paper versions around our offices and homes, and even set up alerts to remind us of when we are in the day. Even with all of that, we still get confused about dates and times.

If you wish your calendar was more than just factual information, then you’re going to love the MoMA Perpetual Calendar. This is something that you have to interact with, so it won’t be as easy to forget what day it is. This was originally designed by Gideon Dagan for the Museum of Modern Art, but has been reproduced in a smaller version for the masses to purchase. This is a combination of circles and lines that will show you the date and month. The year isn’t defined, so it’s not something you’ll have to replace every time the first of January rolls around.

Changing the date is a snap, as the spheres are held in place by magnets. This means you won’t have to worry about a metal ball disappearing every other day. This is a $36 purchase that would be a classy addition to any home or office. This calender is only 8”, meaning it won’t take up a ton of space, and will give you something to do when there’s nothing else to take up your time.

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The Kisai Clone gives your wristwatch a cryptically modern feel

Whenever I wear a wristwatch to a long, boring meeting in a room without a clock, I’ll often catch others craning their necks to see the time. No one wants to be caught pulling their phone out, though it’s just as conspicuous to cock your head to the side trying to look at someone’s wrist. If you’d prefer to make it far harder on those around you, then why not get a timepiece that only you can read?

TokyoFlash always surprises us with innovative designs that are simultaneously beautiful and confusing. The most recent addition to the Kisai family is the Clone. This modern watch has a combination of matte surfaces with glossy details on a smoky lens behind which LEDs shine through. The strap is made of silicone, which means it will be comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. This charges via USB, which means you won’t have to worry about replacing batteries.

There are three display modes which includes turning, flashing, and animation mode. The first will have LEDs rotating around the clock face, highlighting three lines to indicate the hours and minutes. The lines will be in the same positioning as a normal clock. The second Flashing mode will simply flash the lines that indicate the hours and minutes at a glance. The final mode will illuminate all of the lights in a pattern, mainly for aesthetic effect. This watch will cost you $99, and comes in black or white with blue or green LEDs.

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JBL Horizon clock radio intends to wake you up gently

Just as there are many different kinds of personalities that you would come across in your everyday interaction with people, so too, will you find that each individual would have their own preferred set of sleeping patterns – and with that, the manner in which they would want to wake up. Some folks will not settle for anything less than the loud din of the traditional alarm clock ringing away, while there are even some who need the rooster to crow loudly as it ushers in the dawn, while others prefer to sleep with the curtains drawn apart, letting natural sunlight seep into the room and wake them up. Others like a more gentle approach, and the JBL Horizon clock radio happens to cater to this particular segment of folks.

This innovative clock radio will literally light up your mornings thanks to JBL stereo sound and ambient light. The JBL Horizon will also ensure that you will get out of the right side of the bed by making sure that your connected smartphone, tablet or other wearable technology is fully charged, so that you do not go to the office while running on empty. After all, waking up on the right note will generally set the tone for the rest of your day.

With JBL’s Horizon clock radio, it is capable of delivering stereo sound that has been enriched with the multi-sensory ambient glow of LED lights. There will be a couple of separate alarms, which can be customized for you or your partner, so that it can wake you to one of several original digital alarm tones, or perhaps to choose the FM station of your choice and let the prattle of your favorite DJ kickstart your morning, or even a favorite track from your smartphone. There are five programmable FM radio presets as well as Bluetooth connectivity which allows you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth phone or tablet. Heck, if you’re the traditional type, there is also the classic buzzer implemented within.

It sports a compact design, depicts a crisp LCD clock display that is easy to read, and has a built-in light sensor which will automatically adjust the brightness according to the light in the room. A pair of USB ports round off its connectivity options. The asking price for the JBL Horizon Clock Radio stands at $99.95 a pop.

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The Kisai Satellite X LED Watch could be the work of aliens

We’re all interested in the paranormal or the unusual, and can’t help but do a double take when we see something that doesn’t fit our idea of “normal”. While we could get into the question of what the true definition of normal is, we’ll save it for another day. There’s a certain way we’re used to seeing things, and while some are content with the way things are, others want to challenge the common thought process.

Watches from TokyoFlash have always been good about boggling minds and fighting the boring repetition of a regular 12 hour clock face. They want to be fashionable, and make you think outside the box to read the time. You may get used to it after a while, but to the people around you it will be an object of mystery and confusion. The most recent addition to the TokyoFlash family is the Kisai Satellite X Watch. This watch uses three vivid LED rings behind a dark mineral crystal lens to show you the time.

The top ring represents your hours, the larger middle ring will show you five minute increments, and the bottom ring is 4 minute increments to give you the exact time. Pressing the button on the side will activate the LEDs to flash for a brief period. There is an animation mode which will have the LEDs flash in a slow circle every fifteen minutes should you choose to turn it on. There are grooves on the face of the watch that flow seamlessly onto the strap of the watch which offset the circular patterns. This metallic watch is available in black with either red or blue LEDs at a price point of $139.

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Star Trek Original Series NCC-1701 Watch lets you tell the time like a boss

Are you a huge Star Trek fan, and are constantly on the lookout for the next best thing to purchase so that your Star Trek collection continues to grow? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you might be interested to check out the $119.99 Star Trek Original Series NCC-1701 Watch. This is one classic timepiece that will make you look good, as you send out a subtle fashion statement to those around you that you aren’t too bothered about the upcoming Star Wars movies, but would rather fall back on the more cerebral nature of Star Trek.

The NCC-1701 has seen action in the form of various functions in the past, but this time around, its primary purpose is not to discover new worlds, but to tell you the time. In a correct and accurate manner, of course. The timepiece has been styled after the U.S.S. Enterprise, and it is an officially-licensed Star Trek: The Original Series merchandise, boasting of a stainless steel case and back. You won’t be able to travel in warp to your destination while wearing this, but you will definitely be able to tell the time in style and confidence. After all, isn’t it precise engineering that allowed the U.S.S. Enterprise to make its way around the universe safe and sound?
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Polar M400 GPS training watch revealed

Activity trackers as well as GPS enabled timepieces are extremely niche market products, and Polar is a company that has just rolled out their Polar M400 GPS training watch that comes with the ability to track your activity all round the clock. Wha makes the Polar M400 so special for runners (or basically anyone who is willing to get engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle) would be the fact that it has a slew of products and apps which will ultimately help one to understand one’s body, letting you get fitter – in a faster time period too, of course.

The Polar M400 is water-resistant and will merge the best of GPS and 24/7 activity tracking with advanced sports technology to make use of Bluetooth Smart. It will arrive in white and black colors, where the Polar M400 is capable of adding a new style to any outfit. You will be able to keep track of important training metrics such as speed, pace, distance and altitude thanks to the built-in GPS, so that you will be able to know that your effort is always at the right intensity (when used alongside a Polar H7 heart rate sensor, of course). Sporting a built-in activity tracker that will be able to provide you with a more complete picture of all daily activities, ranging from your steps to the number of calories burned and how restfully you slept.

Not only that, you will also be on the receiving end of alerts for inactivity directly on your wrist as well as through the Polar Flow app, where you will be given suggestions on how to achieve your personalized activity goals. Some of these suggestions might sound daunting to some, since it includes jogging for 50 minutes or walking for two hours. Of course, it is perfectly normal to many, but for those who have been couch potatoes all their lives, it can be quite a challenge. The $199.95 Polar M400 has a 9 hour battery life even with its GPS and sensors up and running, and up to 24 days if you use it just to keep the time.

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Zipper Pull Watch tells the time in a jiffy

Now that we are well in the middle of autumn, not to mention the fact that winter too, will follow suit not too long after (especially when you take into consideration just how fast time flies these days), it is time to break out all of those various jackets and clothes that will help keep us nice and warm. Many jackets do come with a zipper as you wrap yourself up tightly in one of them, so why not augment the zipper on your jacket with the $12.98 Zipper Pull Watch?

After all, most jackets do come with a long sleeve, and you would want to do all you can to keep the cold out, so looking at your watch too often might not be a good idea. With the Zipper Pull Watch, you will not only be able to give your zipper a better grip, it also comes with a built-in clock for you to tell the time in a jiffy. Oh yeah, did we mention that this puppy also comes with an integrated light? That will certainly be handy if you need to rummage through your handbag in the cinema, or simply need an emergency flashlight. Using it is a snap – just twist to turn it on. The Zipper Pull Watch is waterproof and thankfully, it uses replaceable batteries, making this one for the long haul.
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Kisai Vortex tells the time in style

While much focus has been placed on the recent slew of smartwatch releases, such as the Motorola Moto 360 as well as the Apple Watch, this does not mean that a regular timepiece that you wear on your wrist no longer has any more value. No sir, far from it – in fact, here we are with what is known as the Kisai Vortex, which is a unique watch as it sports a spiraling time display that is located right under a sleek concave lens.

Not only that, the Kisai Vortex prides itself in being a limited edition touchscreen watch that will boast a slew of other features. There will be a couple of time zones that will help frequent travelers keep track of the time at home as well as what the exact time it is right there and then with but a single glance. You will also be able to know just what date it is after crossing way too many time zones to keep count, and there is also an alarm function, some animation, a light up LED as well as audio feedback – all of it housed within a stainless steel case.

Right now, the Kisai Vortex can be yours for just $179 with free shipping thrown into the mix, and this offer is good until October 2nd, 11am Japan time – whereby after that, do expect to see the price gain a jump.
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