I’ve never been a huge fan of the Tokyoflash philosophy of making time as difficult to read as possible. While they retained the same unusual timetelling on the new Kisai Broke USB watch, I have to give my hats off to the fact that it look absolutely gorgeous.
Sporting a face that looks like stained glass, the timepiece brings a unique aesthetic that sets it apart from the design commonly found in funky digital watches. Reading the time actually seems easier too, since the mechanism has more to do with analog clocks than some strange mathematical combination.
The Kisai Broke USB digital watch sports a 33 x 48 x 9 mm brushed stainless steel case, paired with a conventional fold-over clasp that can fit wrists between 130 to 200 mm. It’s the first timepiece in the Kisai series to be rechargeable by USB, saving you from the hassle of having to bring it to a shop to get one of those little battery replacements. You can also substitute a conventional watch battery if you don’t know what USB is, old-timer.
While I’m not a fan of neither the case nor the strap, the watch face on the Kisai Broke is pure genius. The outer ring of glass pieces represent hours, while the inner ring stand for five minute intervals, the same way they are positioned in analog dials. For exact time-telling, the center has four individual pieces, each one representing one minute. Yep, a real Tokyoflash watch that my math-challenged mind can read. How about that?
By the way, the dial can be set to animate every 15 minutes, in case you enjoy that sort of thing. Which you probably do. Simple things amaze simple minds, after all. The Tokyoflash Kisai Broke USB watch is available now for $168.