We’re no strangers to TokyoFlash on this blog, as we’ve covered and reviewed quite a variety of their watches. Today is no different, as we’ll have another look at their lineup, covering the latest to come out of their skunkworks (yes, they’ve been on a tear releasing models this year). To my recollection, though, they’ve not used an e-ink display before (at least not in what they’ve released this year).
I think many people are familiar with the Rorscharch inkblot tests, which present ink stains (which are generally symmetrical from left to right) that a person is asked to interpret (what do you see?). Well, with the Roscharch EPaper watch, it’s no mystery as to what you’re interpreting (it’s the time).
The question comes in as to how you’re interpreting the time. Unlike most TokyoFlash watches, you can actually set your difficulty level – easy, medium, or hard – which is a nice twist introduced with using the e-ink display rather than LED segments. Whichever mode you select, the hours are shown in the upper-right segment of the display, and the minutes in the bottom left (the remaining space in the display is a mirror of the number next to it, creating the inkblot look).
The easy mode is definitely that, and the hard mode does look to be tricky; the medium seems to be a sweet spot between keeping the Roscharch look and having something that’s just too difficult to read. Thankfully, you can easily cycle through the modes (there’s a button on the case), as you might need to change it up, whether you’re looking at the time or date, or setting the alarm.
Another neat trick of the e-ink display is that you can reverse it – choosing to have white numbers on a black display, or black numbers on a white background. Unfortunately, there’s no backlight to this model as we’ve seen with other TokyoFlash watches, but I think that’s an acceptable trade-off for the display tech.
The watch itself is a good sized case (42 x 39mm; 7mm thick) made from stainless steel. You can opt to get the watch on a leather strap (for a total weight of 60 grams) or a stainless steel bracelet (120 grams). While this isn’t something I’d personally look to add to my own collection, I am a fan of TokyoFlash branching out into other display technologies, especially when you get the crazy font layouts (which is basically what the Roscharch is) combined with low power consumption. If you’d like to pick one up, head on over to the product page and bring along $199.