As of late, TokyoFlash really seems to be into a sort of 70’s SciFi sort of a motif, mixing wood (for the case and bracelet) with angular shapes and vivid LED displays. This latest somehow manages to call to mind the consoles of Star Trek The Next Generation (which of course is a different era of scifi). Not that they had circular displays, but just the use of color and the segments. Perhaps I am getting ahead of myself here a bit, though. Let’s take a look at what the TokyoFlash Kisai Satellite X Wood has on offer.
As with all TokyoFlash watches, the TokyoFlash Kisai Satellite X Wood requires you to learn how to read it. While they sometimes seem complex, this one looks to be one of the easier ones to read. First off, to display the time, you need to press a button, and the LEDs flash to life, letting you know the time. The topmost ring indicates the hour -fairly straightforward, with it’s twelve segments. The other two rings indicate the minutes. The middle ring tells you which 5-minute slice of time you’re in, and then the bottom-most circle tells you how many minutes (up to 4) to add on.
Given how you trigger the time, I am a little surprised they didn’t include an accelerometer in this watch (as some of their others have) to allow the display to spring to life when you bring your wrist up to check the time. A minor issue, I suppose, but one that would make life more livable with the watch. They do have an animation mode built in, as many of their watches do. Something that makes the display, overall, more intriguing, but as it is a drain on the battery, you do have the option to turn it off.
Speaking of battery, the TokyoFlash Kisai Satellite X Wood is another one from the company that features a rechargeable battery. We’re told a full charge will take you around three and a half hours, and should last for a solid month. Though pricing is still pretty affordable for the watch ($109), they did top the watch with a mineral crystal (rather than just a plastic), so the top of the watch should be up to daily wear. With the dark sandalwood used for the case and the bracelet, I expect that this will be a fairly lightweight watch as well, ready for some spacey summer adventures. tokyoflash.com
- Brand & Model: TokyoFlash Kisai Satellite X Wood
- Price: $109
- Who we think it might be for: You like your “All Natural” mixed with a healthy dose of futurism
- Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?: Probably not – while I appreciate the styling of pieces like this, I don’t find myself wearing them
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: The option for color-changing LEDs could be intriguing
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The segmented look of the display