If you are getting bored with your watch and want to make some changes, the watches by Tokyoflash will absolutely make you stand out of the crowd.
Tokyoflash is a watch maker based in Yokohama, Japan and they chose a very unique niche, puzzling wristwatches. They have a bunch of special watches but the product I’m impressed the most is the Kisai Rorschach E-Paper Watch, the company’s first watch using electronic paper display. The product is sponsored but the review is 100% my opinion after trying the watch in the last week. Let’s check it out.
Unboxing and Instructional Video
Design and Features
I was slightly disappointed with the Kisai watch out of the box because it didn’t look as stunning as on press images. The reason is probably because the strap is not made of pure leather. It is made of PU coated leather, which is the compound of acrylic and polyurethane. And this is actually a good thing because the strap still looks good and it also provides better resistance to water and scratches. Take a look at some more product images:
The most prominent feature of the watch is of course its e-paper display. The technology helps conserve the battery and it is advertised to last around 1 year and even more if you turn on the sleep mode (which means your watch will stay static at a specified time period daily). A downside is that it would be difficult if you want to replace the battery because there is a pad sticking to the back of the watch.
Now, the most interesting part is the watch face. Tokyoflash has a different approach in showing the time. At first, I thought it was like a special character and I was very confused in telling the time. There are 3 difficulty modes, which are easy, medium and hard. I chose easy mode to get used to the watch but now I love the hard mode as my watch looks like a wearable art. As its name suggested, the idea is inspired by Rorschach inkblot test which is created in 1921 by Hermann Rorschach. The test is a technique used by psychologists to determine personality and emotional functioning. Patients will look at the inkblot shape and be asked to interpret what they saw. The Rorschach watch is not displaying confusing shapes like those tests but absolutely you won’t be able to tell the time with a glimpse.
Specifically, the hour is shown on the top right, the minute is on the bottom left. Then they are mirrored to the other parts and blended together. And the final result is a beautiful inkblot effect, make sure to switch to the hard mode.
Apart from seeing time, you can also see the date, year, set alarm, change display mode. For details on how to use the watch, you can watch the video above. It’s
- Beautiful design.
- Comfortable wearing.
- Unique watch face with inkblot effect and e-paper display.
- Long battery life.
- It’s complicated to remember how to set time, date or alarm, so you will always need to keep the manual.
- Difficult to replace battery.
The Kisai Rorschach watch is available on Tokyoflash’s website for $199 with free shipping. I’d recommend the watch because it is unique and I really love the inkblot effect, I’ve never seen the time as much as in the last few days.
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Robert Singh says
Beautiful and superb design. E paper watches are really amazing tech with numerous features. I was thinking to get one in future.
Is the Rorschach a larger men’s-sized watch or more of a medium unisex size?
Tuan Do says
I’d say it is a medium size. I have a small wrist and it fits perfectly.