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While smartwatches are wildly popular, they’re basically useless to a great deal of the population. Unless your schedule is just jam-packed every day, you don’t really need a digital wristwatch to let you know if the phone in your pocket just went off, you’re getting a call, or if the email you just got was important or not. If you are one of those people though, and are in the market for one of these wrist devices, then good luck finding the one that fits all of your specifications.
While none of them are necessarily cheap (and if they are, it normally comes at a price of quality), the Pebble Time seems like a good option. Just last month I met a friend who was singing its praises, even after constant use. Its e-ink display is customizable, and the strap and body are ergonomic, making sure that extended wear isn’t going to wear on you after a while. Thanks to the type of display, you’ll be able to see the screen whether it’s a bright summer day or dark evening.
This is water resistant with activity tracking capabilities should you want to wear this on a run. It has time in the name, because it shows you information from the past, present, and future, allowing you to choose which you want to look into. The battery can last up to 7 days, which isn’t too bad when you compare it to your smartphone. This is going to cost you around $280, and is available in red, white, or black.
Tokyoflash has a special place in our hearts for making crazy and amazing time pieces of the likes we’ve never seen before. They’ve always been creative, using an outside the box approach to making an old favorite in a completely new way. Of course, now that connectivity is a big deal, it should only make sense that they would hop on the bandwagon.
There are 4 new Bluetooth-enabled watches rolling out, the Kisai Blade Wood Link, Kisai Xtal Wood Link, Kisai Spider Wood Link, and the Kisai Sequence Wood Link. The Xtal and Sequence both feature fabric mesh and dark sandalwood which takes on the appearance of a classic TV set. Both have regular and cryptic display options, but are read in different directions. The Spider is the most modern-looking with its transparent screen and web-like mode of telling time. The Blade features a wooden face with LEDs that are bright enough to show through the thin layer of dark sandalwood.
Theses new watches are capable of giving you call, email, sms, and social media alerts to make sure you’re always in the loop. There are also “find my phone” and proximity alerts so you’re never parted from your smartphone for long. These watches don’t have as long of a battery life at 5 days maximum, but the added features makes up for it. These are all going to be available for purchase at $109 until July 2nd, where they will go up in price a bit.
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Tokyoflash has always been known to deliver top quality timepieces in a quirky design without the inflated price tags that are more often than not associated with those high end watches of Swiss origin. Of course, you can also not expect the same kind of robustness and durability, not to mention quartz movement that hails from the Swiss maestros, but it does offer a healthy alternative to those who would like something that is off the beaten path, and yet more than capable of turning heads whenever you have one around your wrist. I was very blessed to be furnished with the Kisai Quasar LCD Watch from the folks over at Tokyoflash, and after spending a good month with the watch, here are some of my thoughts.
First of all, the basics. The Kisai Quasar LCD watch is no doubt a digital timepiece, although it will take some time before you are able to figure out the reading of time, as it comes in a geometric, patterned display that camouflages time. There are various modes for you to tinker with, but once you have gotten the hang of it, you will be able to take a glance and blabber away the current time to whoever is asking you at the moment.
As with many other timepieces that hail from Tokyoflash in the past, the Kisai Quasar LCD Watch begun life as a concept on the Tokyoflash Design Studio Blog. After being selected to become reality, the final product sports a trio of user-selectable time display modes (cycle through all three to see which one your eyes are most comfortable with, I personally prefer the Pattern Mode that keeps people guessing), and regardless of which display mode you have decided on, you can pick from either a 12 or 24 hour clock.
In Number Mode, time will be presented in regular digits, which might take some getting used to at first too, mind you, although after a while it should be second nature to you. As for the aforementioned preference of mine, Pattern Mode would camouflage the digits in a web of lines, but there is a “trick” in telling the time – these lines will strictly follow the shape of the numbers. I would prefer to avoid Animation Mode since that particular mode would consume more battery power than I would like, although Animation Mode would see a pulsating movement between these modes in order to create an eye-catching zoom effect.
Apart from telling the time, at least the Kisai Quasar LCD Watch will also come with additional features that should keep any Tokyoflash collector happy – it has a date and alarm function to boot, and if you would like to keep track of how many seconds there are left in performing a particular task, this is easily achievable using the Stop Watch function. Granted, the timepiece might be a wee bit difficult to view under extremely bright conditions, or in areas where lighting is very poor, but those situations tend to be few and far in between. You can light up the timepiece with the EL backlight with a press of a button, and it works best under truly dark conditions – semi-dark conditions would yield disappointing results, but then again, it is not a life or death matter as I am quite sure you have your smartphone to help you tell the time.
Being water resistant to 3ATM does not mean that you should wear this with you all the time, even when you are swimming or having an outing by the sea. All that constant exposure to water would not bode well for the timepiece, but it would last a whole lot longer if it were just subjected to light drizzles or heavy sweating. It is common sense, after all.
All in all, the Kisai Quasar LCD Watch that is made from stainless steel and accompanied by a sleek polished finish is perfect for that fresh graduate, or anyone who would want a little bit of zip in their everyday fashion choices. After all, the hexagonal shape is a surefire attention grabber, and you would look every bit as elegant regardless of whether you choose from all black or silver shades with a black accent in the strap. Being framed by mineral crystal glass, the Kisai Quasar will arrive with a vibrant blue, red, green or mirrored display. Replacing the standard CR2025 watch battery when it runs out of juice should not be an issue at all. This is the ideal timepiece that will attract attention, just like the Uzumaki watch I reviewed last year.
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Kisai Quasar LCD Watch Review
Getting up in the morning is not our favorite thing ever. We usually don’t get enough sleep, and are always groggy when the blaring buzzer begins to sound. If you’re tired of being ripped from peaceful slumber by loud sounds or light, then maybe you should opt for a different method of being woken up. If sight, sound, or vibrating smartwatches aren’t your favorite wake up calls, then it might be better to go for something that will affect your sense of smell.
Just as it’s easier to wake up when you smell coffee already made, just imagine what it would be like to smell chocolate, fresh cut grass, or croissants. The Sensor Wake is an alarm clock that uses strongly scented perfumes to permeate your bedroom with delicious smells. You’ll have breakfast, candy, aromatherapy, and even money scented options to choose from.
The diffusion system it uses has the ability to wake you up within two minutes. Of course, if you have the sniffles and your nose isn’t working too well, there’s an audio alarm clock that will also sound after three minutes if you don’t get up. One scented capsule will wake you up about 60 times, and if you’re only getting up during the business week, it should last you a while. This will cost you around $88, and comes with two capsules. You’ll need to buy more capsules if you want this to be more than an audio alarm clock, and they’re expected to cost around $9 a piece.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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While the world might be enamored with the flavor of the day at the moment where timepieces are concerned with smartwatches being released left and right, what with the Apple Watch being one of them, there is still a sizeable crowd out there who would prefer something that is a whole lot more traditional. Partime, for instance, is a young watch brand that hails from Zurich which will be going on board Swiss International Airlines in order to deliver its duty free range this summer by offering a new design. The Partime Swiss Edition is so special, it can only be bought when you are at an altitude of 10,000 meters – that is, in the middle of a flight, and these watches will be numbered and available exclusively to passengers of Swiss.
The Partime Swiss Edition is special enough to come with in a 45 mm, polished stainless steel case, where it will be individually numbered to ensure its uniqueness, will be waterproof, sports a LCD display, a digital time display that can show up at the touch of a button, and a battery life of approximately 2 years. Sounds like a dream timepiece to us, especially for those who love to spend plenty of time in the skies!
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Partime Swiss Edition to take off this summer
If you happen to be someone who is fond of being on time, then surely you would have a plethora of devices that are able to keep track of the time without missing a beat. While regular timepieces and the digital clock on your smartwatch or smartphone would work just fine, there are others who would prefer something that is more accurate, such as an atomic clock. The $149.95 24″ Outdoor Lighted Atomic Clock might be worth a look then if you happen to fall into such a category.
The 24″ Outdoor Lighted Atomic Clock, as its name suggests, is an oversized outdoor wall clock which will be able to maintain its unerring accuracy thanks to the radio clock transmitter that is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Apart from boasting of glowing hour and minute hands, there will be a quartet of LEDs which illuminate the face whenever its light sensor indicate dark conditions. 2.75″ high Roman numerals let you read the time easily from up to 30′ away in the daytime, while there is also an integrated thermometer onto the face which indicates the current temperature, in the presence of an adjacent hygrometer that provides the relative humidity reading. The 24″ Outdoor Lighted Atomic Clock is capable of providing accurate time across the entire lower 48 United States, and it will never gain or lose a second in 60 million years.
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So you are rich enough to actually own one of those fancy timepieces that come with plenty of moving parts within – so much so that they are all handmade, and most of the time, it would be some place in Switzerland that gets the job done. The thing is, some of these precious timepieces will need to be wound, and there are different ways of getting the job done. If you happen to want something that is on the cheap, how about considering the $69.99 Ivation Precision Watch Winder?
This particular device is meant for a single automatic timepiece, where it will be accompanied by an integrated IC timer alongside a red LED alarm clock. After all, as long as it gets the job done, one should be happy with the price point, right? Today’s most exquisite timepieces happen to be fitted to advanced automatic, perpetual movements, so to mate that to an automatic watch winder is imperative in order to maintain long-term accuracy. One particular main feature about this device is, you can choose between a clockwise and counterclockwise rotation, which will depend largely on your watch’s particular winding requirements. Using it regularly will keep your automatic watches wound and ready to wear when you need them. Not only that, the built-in alarm clock come in handy to help you get up at the right moment, making this a win-win situation for all.
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Ivation Precision Watch Winder has own alarm clock built-in
Doing the same few tasks over and over again can make life exceedingly boring. We see the same scenery, do the same jobs, and get tired of it all. We need a change of pace now and again such as new perspectives and fresh ideas that make us flex our mental muscles. The best way to make you think aside from playing brain games, is making your surroundings challenge the common thought process.
This can include having inventive ways to wake yourself up in the mornings, shattering your reality now and again, or just wearing a watch that requires more than glancing down and seeing a number. Tokyoflash is near and dear to our hearts for exactly this reason. Seldom will you find one of their watches that is one hundred percent straightforward and easy to read. The newest addition to the Kisai family is the Logo Wood LCD Watch.
The clock is cased in 100% real wood, and is a stark contrast to its metallic colored leather strap. The face of the clock has an always-on display, where the hours are shown as blocks along the outside of the screen. It is easier to read the minutes, as they are directly in the center as numbers, though they are squished together, making them look more like a shape than a number at first glance. You can also view the time in binary if you’d prefer. There are three models, one with dark sandalwood that has a blue LCD display with a dark metallic strap, red sandalwood with a black LCD and a copper-looking metallic strap, or a maple wood with a mirror display and a silver metallic strap. This is going to cost you $99 for the next 40~ hours if you jump on the launch price, and will go up a bit in price after that point.
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Now that the dust has more or less settled over the release of the Apple Watch, are there different kinds of smart timepieces in the market which will be able to provide a decent fight? Probably, especially when you take into consideration that nobody is perfect, and in the case of corporations, that rule applies, too. South Korea’s LG has just announced that the LG Watch Urbane will be made available in its home country first, before it makes its way over to various key markets over in North America, Europe and Asia in the coming weeks.
Basically, before this month is over, if you happen to live in one of the following countries – Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, you will be able to pick up an LG Watch Urbane of your own via the Google Store, now how about that?
We do know that there is the LG Watch Urbane as well as the LG Watch Urbane LTE, so it really depends on which particular one you would prefer to rock to. Let us refresh our memories of the LG Watch Urbane – it will boast of a modern design that sports a full-circle Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display which measures 1.3” in diameter, and comes with a less prominent and lower profile bezel. The overall dimensions are also smaller and thinner, and those do not happen to reduce the size of the display or the battery.
Underneath the hood lies a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and you will also find Android Wear running on it as well. As for the aforementioned 1.3” P-OLED display, it sports a resolution count of 320 x 320 pixels at 245ppi pixel density, while having 4GB of internal memory and 512MB RAM, accompanied by a 410mAh battery to keep it going. Integrated sensors include a 9-axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer / Compass) with barometer and PPG (Heart Rate Sensor) thrown into the mix to boot. It is dust and water resistant according to IP67 standards, and will arrive in either silver or gold shades.
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LG Watch Urbane rolls out this week
Casio has just introduced the latest addition to their collection of analog timepieces, which would be a quartet of new Ladies Solar Easy Readers. Also known as the LTPS100 series, it will be a special blend of style alongside ease-of-use, and will boast of solar-powered operation in addition to water resistance of up to 50 meters, so that it delivers additional convenience for the wearer.
The LTPS100 ladies timepieces will make use of Casio’s Solar Power technology, which will do away with the need for battery changes. Each time it experiences a full charge, each timepiece will then be able to last for three months thereabouts without any kind of further exposure to light. This is an eco-friendly, solar battery-powered timepiece which will also be able to juice up in the presence of low or fluorescent light conditions, now how about that for added versatility without sacrificing on style?
Apart from that, the LTPS100 ladies timepieces will also boast of a fashionable and simply-designed three-hand analog display face with date display and large, high-contrast numbers on the dial so that it is easy to read and also more pleasing to the eye. In addition, the display casings happen to be round and made of stainless steel, while the timepieces boast of quartz movements. Just to make sure you do not end up shortchanged, there is also a date display for quick reference.
A pair of the new models, the LTPS100E-1BV and the LTPS100E-7BV, will sport silver-toned stainless steel expansion bands. The LTPS100D-7BV boasts of a silver-toned stainless steel band with a buckle closure, while the LTPS100L-7BV will come with a brown faux leather band with buckle closure. If you are interested, the LTPS100 ladies timepieces will retail for $54.95 a pop. This certainly beats having to wind up your watch, as most of us probably stay in places where there is more than enough sunlight to keep it going all year round without missing a beat.
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Casio delivers their new Ladies Solar Easy Readers timepieces