The mysterious Xtal watch combines a crystalline shaped stainless steel case with a faceted mineral crystal lens and a cryptic yet simple to read LED time display.
Xtal includes two different time display modes, date mode, alarm, and six different user-selectable animations.
The LED display is activated at the touch of a button. When the time is not displayed you see the dark screen housed in a modern bracelet, making Xtal look like a futuristic wrist band.
Xtal features six user-selectable animation patterns. When turned on, your choice of animation will illuminate the display once every 15 minutes between 6pm and midnight. You can turn this on or off in the settings.
The watch is USB rechargeable which means you'll never have to change the battery. To recharge, connect to your computer with the USB cable provided.
One full charge will take 3.5 hours and each charge should last for at least 2 months between charges.
Available in black or gold stainless steel, one of Xtal's most attractive features is the material contrast between the smoked mineral crystal lens, polished case and finely brushed strap.
The black version is set off by a beautiful silver polished trim around the edge of case and strap. The custom made mineral crystal lens features a central horizontal edge facing the wearer.
Like all watches from Tokyoflash Japan, Xtal is a limited edition design which means that it is guaranteed to be an original watch that not many other people own.
This watch comes in an exclusive gift box, designed and made in Japan. It features graphics of iconic watches from Tokyoflash Japan past and present on a red background.
There are two time modes programmed into Xtal. The first is regular mode and displays time in a row of four stylized hexagonal LED digits. The second mode is cryptic mode - to outsiders these LED shapes look like alien code - but is in fact the same digital numbers with the middle line removed. The 8 is an exception but it's easy to learn.
Xtal is easy to read when you know how but creates a sense of mystery for onlookers. The date and alarm time is shown in the same way and you can choose 12 or 24 hour time mode.
The idea for Xtal was submitted to Tokyoflash Japan by Sam Jerichow from Germany. Find out more about the original concept on the Tokyoflash Japan Design Studio Blog. Blog reader & watch designer Sam says:
"Sometimes the work on a concept takes weeks with little steps day by day. Sometimes it's really quick. Back when I was sketching the numbers for Xtal it was spontaneously while having lunch. I liked my scribbles instantly and developed a matching watch. It was a stroke of luck that this idea came to me. I am amazed by how the people on the blog, including Tokyoflash, received the concept! Thank you so much for your support, your opinions and your confidence everybody!"
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