Cryptic Digital Watch Design

(English) Design submitted by Heather from the USA.

Heather has combined the idea of reading time clockwise with the idea of reading time digitally.

The display is simply digital, but it is so distorted, that at first glance it just looks like a maze.  You can read the digits by starting at the bottom digit, and reading clockwise.  The bottoms of the digits are at the center, and the tops are along the circumference.  There is a choice of either 24-hour mode, or AM/PM mode.  Colors can easily be changed, too.

This watch involves no counting at all, but still looks cryptic and cool.

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111 Responses to “Cryptic Digital Watch Design”

  1. avatar Maciej より:

    What a briliant idea! I was so confused at the beginning, tried to read the time and i could not get it, and then i read the manual.5 stars for tricking my brain. True tokyoflash expierience. This display has got many to offer with nice casing & colours. Still 5 stars for concept.

  2. avatar Samukun より:

    Very clever! It had the tokyoflashy effect: first you cross eyes and get a head-ache, then you read the instructions and it is easy to read. And I like readable watches :D Case is ok, strap color layout is cool. Very good work!

  3. avatar varhodes より:

    Nice work. This would be a great candidate for being able to change the color of the display. Love the way you read time on this. It truly is easy once you know the secret! Well done!

  4. avatar Jerod より:

    it took me a while, but i got it. cool idea.

  5. avatar chris p より:

    This looks cool, but I’ve been re-reading the instructions and looking at the diagrams and I still can’t recognize the time.

  6. avatar Heather より:

    I tried to make my avatar an example of how to read the digit 2, but I don’t know if it’s big enough for you to see it. I can post a better image when I am home. ;)

  7. avatar Ron M. より:

    Awesome idea! I would sure like to buy this watch!

  8. avatar Juli1010 より:

    this is an awesome watch! :) i want it!

  9. avatar weirdo より:

    awesome design!!!! great job :)

  10. avatar adam より:

    geatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt jobbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

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  12. avatar Phil より:

    I would buy this watch in a second! Its cryptic, cool, and easy to tell time once you get the hang of it. Every minute is a geometric work of art. Putting a digital watch in the context of the traditional colockwise rotation is a simpley genius. This is one of the more unique creative designs I have seen in a long time.

  13. avatar Andrew より:

    I needed to read the instructions a few times before I understood how to read it, but this is a very cool design and I would love to own such a watch. I hope this model gets produced for real!

  14. avatar Steve より:

    Love it!!! Had to think about it at first, then I got it. Very nice idea!

  15. avatar maria より:

    Damn girllll! So cool.

  16. avatar paulyne より:

    Awesome watch. Sleek design. Defintely a conversation piece for whoever wears it!

  17. avatar Evan S より:

    One of the coolest designs I’ve seen. Would definitely love to buy this watch–I hope it gets made. I love how, on the one hand (no pun intended), the individual digits once you understand them are so simply the normal numeric shapes we know but by virtue of the slightly skewed perspective made so unique and interesting, and on the other hand, the combined image of the whole set of numbers creates such cool maze-like patterns which appear as components taken from merely 3 concentric circles and the radial lines. These great visual qualities combined with the extremely creative concept of the fusion of the digital display with the clockwise rotation makes this an awesome artistic creation.

  18. avatar Tokyoflash Japan Product Design Studio より:

    Look at you Heather! Looks like you may have a hit on your hands. Nice to see. We are keeping an eye on this one.

    • avatar Heather より:

      Thanks! I always love my own designs, but I don’t know how other people will feel about them. Glad to see this one’s really popular! :D

  19. avatar David より:

    Heather you have every right to be a proud nerd.
    So cool, so clever so when can I buy one.

  20. avatar Samy より:

    My mum got this 10 seconds quicker than me and she’s a techno-phobe!!

  21. avatar Victoria より:

    amazing job! i like it as a matter of fact I’ll buy it when it comes out.

  22. avatar Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis より:

    AWESOME WATCH. would totally get it. someone tell me when it comes out. I’d love it with a bright yellow wrist and blue display

  23. avatar SAM!!! より:

    I really like this watch.It’s easy to read and wouldn’t give me any trouble.Coolest design I’ve seen yet!I would definately buy this watch if it was made.I WANT IT!!!!!!!

  24. avatar RT より:

    This watch is so cool!!! I would like to buy it write when it comes out. great design.

  25. avatar Chrissy より:

    Wow! This watch is incredible! Tokyoflash, you MUST make this watch! I will get immediately!

  26. avatar Bob V より:

    I love this idea. It’s very unique and i would definitely buy this watch. It rocks.

  27. avatar BDSV より:

    I would buy that watch in a second….or minute, depending on what time it is.

  28. avatar YWS より:

    Whoa! This is such a Cool watch!!! I love it!!!! Its is so easy to read when you get the hang of it! Its so unique and I love the design. I want it NOW!!!

  29. avatar xoTiNAxo より:

    woah this is like the coolest watch ive ever seen…. its so easy once you think about it…. Whoever did it muust be awesome!!! When can i buy this my brothers birthday is coming up!!! he will love it!!!

  30. avatar msr より:

    I LOVE the watch!!! When, were and how do i get it??

  31. avatar Dan G より:

    Wow! I love how cryptic yet simple the watch design is. I hope you make this watch,because I will definetely buy it.

  32. avatar Jane より:

    This an awesome design, i love the design. TOKYOFLASH! please make this watch!

  33. avatar nj-kisa より:

    Heather this design is amazing!!! So original!!!! I want to buy one for myself, and this’ll be a great present for my friends. Please please pplease make it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)))))

  34. avatar Pink Mama loves PINK より:

    the watch is really cool, and so is the concept.
    I would totally but this watch if it came out SO MAKE IT TOKYOFLASH!
    it would be really cool and even more marketable if you came out with different colors for the led lights and the wrist part(cool design on that). PINK, PINK, and other warm/tropical colors would be cool, even greens, blues, and purples!
    Just an idea, but it would be cool if you could rotate the LED part so you didn’t have to turn your neck every time
    Keep making awesome watches, Heather
    MAKE THIS WATCH TOKYOFLASH— its very cool and marketable

  35. avatar DENDEN 500 より:

    This watch is extremely cool. I love how it looks like a maze. It would be funny for someone to ask for the time and I would give them the watch. They would be so confused, so I would laugh hysterically. I would soooooooooooooooooo by this watch. I hope it comes out. I hope the colors change to blue, green, and pink.

  36. avatar Kumar R. より:

    OMG this watch is amazing!!!!! I want to buy it but maybe if it came in red, I would. Tokyoflash, publish this watch please!!!!!!!

  37. avatar John Smith より:

    absolutely funny and awesome watch! i would love to see this watch at stores! Tokyoflash put this watch into production!

  38. avatar Ferdi より:

    WOWW! this is amazing! i LOVE the idea of how you read the time! I’m going to get this watch if tokyoflash makes it!

  39. avatar alekgator より:

    WOW!!! This watch is really fantastic ! What a brilliant idea!If it goes on the market it is definatelly going to be a Huge hit! I can’t wait to see it in stores!

  40. avatar Christieee より:

    WOAHHH, this watch is really cool!!!.
    it’s seems complicated but it’s really simple to read :D

  41. avatar LolliPoppsicle より:

    OMG!!!!! this watch is friggin’ awesome. it would be even more amazing in different colors, such as various shades of purple ;) . Please make this watch, tokyo flash. I would soooo buy one. it’s maze-like and different, which is quite hard to find nowadays. Please make this watch so i can buy one as soon as possible.

  42. avatar Colored circle より:

    Cool design Heather. I only have one small crit concerning the dot in the middle. You are already using a 24hr digital display so it is probably not necessary, perhaps you could make a variation that uses the dot space as a day indicator?

    Look forward to seeing more.

    • avatar Heather より:

      Thank you for your comment, Colored circle. You’re right that it would not be necessary for the 24-hour mode.
      But actually, there are two different modes – AM/PM, or 24 hour mode. When the watch is set to 24 hour mode, the dot does not show up at all, as in the image shown for 20:36. When it is set to AM/PM mode, the dot is the PM indicator, as in the image shown for 3:42 PM.

  43. avatar happy gilmore より:

    great job heather youve did it again!!!!!!! i would totally buy this watch in any color (pink) great job:)

  44. avatar Juli1010 より:

    i cant wait for this watch to come out!(wink wink. ;) )

  45. avatar Avatara より:

    Love the display, but the case just doesn’t do the design justice for me. Excellent idea here though Heather and it’s the idea that makes this design special.

  46. avatar ilovecoffeeeeee より:

    i want to know when they are going to sell this!!!!!!! i want it… NOW!!!!

  47. avatar Tom K. より:

    Wow! This is truly an amazing watch. At first I looked at it, and I was so confused to what was going on. Then when I read the instructions I was completely blown away. Can’t wait ’till it comes out!

  48. avatar sinned より:

    I hoooooooooooooooooooooopeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Tokyo flash makes this watch ssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooon because it is sooooooooooooooooooooo coooooooooooooooooooooool. pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaseeeeee make it

  49. avatar Willie Johnson より:

    Wow, Heather. This watch is great. You have made so many great watches, but this is by far the best one. I think that the face of the watch should be able to turn on an axis so that people wont need to turn their heads to get the time. Maybe it can snap into place in the right side up position so it wont swivel around like a drunken fish when it doesn’t need to.

  50. avatar Pablo Willis より:

    It’s hard to find a unique looking digital watch – this is killer! Please, please, please make
    it, Tokyoflash!

  51. avatar danih33 より:

    This such a awesome watch. Its so cool and I REALLY want ot buy it. I wish that it would be made. It looks awesome and its easy to read! I WANT IT!!!! Please make it!!!!!! =]

  52. avatar Carla M. より:

    This would make such a great Christmas gift!!!!!!! Any chance it could be ready by then???????

  53. avatar Mrs. J より:

    I was online having a hard time shopping for peppermint and chocolate when I stumbled upon tokyoflash. I clicked on blog and your watch immediately caught my eye. Great job! It looks mind-bending but after reading the instructions, I got it immediately. They should make it now!

  54. avatar Dan Man より:

    This watch is so amazing. It looks so modern and abstract and is easy to read once you read the directions. I would definitely buy this watch if you made it.

  55. avatar Watch lover より:

    This watch is exactly what i was looking for. It looks good and nobody would be able to read it even though its actually simple. I would definitely wear this watch and I even like the color. I cant wait till it is for sale

  56. avatar PJ より:

    At first it’s confusing but once you get it, it’s a pretty cool watch that should be made. I would totally buy one!!!!!

  57. avatar ARM より:

    I totally love this watch!!! I hope it gets made into a real one because i would totally buy it!!!!!!!!

  58. avatar Ginger より:

    This is the most amazing watch I’ve ever seen in my entire life! I will definitely be buying it for ALL of my Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza gifts for my friends and family. Who ever designed this watch is an absolute GENIOUS!!! This is definitely going to be the new trend of the century and will redefine how us humans look at the world of watches.

  59. avatar Roronoa Z. より:

    Wow! This is amazing! It looks really interesting, and i would wear it if i could. Great job!

  60. avatar froman より:

    I will definately buy this watch when it hits the market. It was a truely brilliant idea!

  61. avatar LE より:

    WOW!! This watch is AMAZING!!! I LOVE IT!! PLEASE make it cause i wud totally buy it!!! Maybe in a neon color or sparkles or something!!! :D It is soo creative and AWESOME!!

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  63. avatar Tony Tony Chopper より:

    This design is really creative. At first I didn’t get it, but now it seems really cool. I love how the numbers are distorted, but still easy to read. I would love to buy this if it were an actual product.

  64. avatar Kah より:

    This watch is incredible! Please make it, tokyoflash! This is by far the best design on this blog! It is like a secret code, but once you read the directions, it is simple to read! Please make this as soon as you can!

  65. avatar Richard Williams より:

    Tokyoflash, this watch is awesome. Its so easy to read once you see how and it looks like a really cool maze. Can I be notified once it goes into production, I want it now!

  66. avatar Seri より:

    this is genius!i would be one of the first to buy this watch if it were made.

  67. avatar Sarah より:

    Wow!!! I was looking at all the other watches, but this has to be my favorite one. It is such a unique design! I give it a 5 stars for design, uniqueness, and it looks like a neon maze. Tokyoflash, I think this watch will be a big hit especially with the upcoming holidays. Please make this watch it really does look cool! =)

  68. avatar harris より:

    This is an awesome watch!
    i would really like to buy this watch!
    the method of telling time is amazing and unique!

  69. avatar Samukun より:

    Wow people, check out the other watches too! Many creative work has been done and deserves helpful comments. Enjoy :D

  70. avatar AEM より:

    WOW! i totally love this idea! at first, i didn’t think i would understand it, but it’s actually so simple! i can’t wait until it comes out and i can brag to all of my friends about it! they surely would run out and buy one for themselves.

  71. avatar Taylor より:

    this watch design is inventive and i would totally buy it i think heathers done it again

  72. avatar Mary- Lu Lopez より:

    This watch is amazing! I have never seen anythimg like this. I would definetely buy this watch for a holiday present, someones birthday, or even for me. Some people might find it hard at first, like I did, but then I saw how simple and easy it was to read it. The design is very unique and will definetely be a hit seller! Please Tokyoflash, make this watch! I have to have it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. avatar Bill Smith より:

    This is new and unique. i love the complexity i hope it is released soon. Its going to be a hit. i dont know a single person who wouldn’t buy this watch

  74. avatar Ranger より:

    Great design Heather. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee make it tokyo flash. I want it so badly. What colors will it come in, I want it in flourescent. Come on tokyo flash. I’m reallyyyyy McLovin’ this one. Bada bah bah bah, I’m lovin it.

  75. avatar Nicole より:

    This design is awesome!! I couldn’t read it at first, but then I saw it after reading the description. It would make a great gift. Please make this design!!!

  76. avatar rubbyred より:

    This watch is so cool! I would love for it to be made for people to buy. It has an interesting way to show the time and is still fashionable. It would be amazing if it was made by Christmas!

  77. avatar Yankster より:

    This watch is Great! I would LOVE to buy it! It is sooooooooooo high tech and I feel like this would be a great hit!

  78. avatar DianDi より:

    Amazing,genious how could you think of such a good idea? I so want to get it. So creative and awsome there are no words to describe how cool it is. I cant wait for this watch to be made. TokoyoFlash please make this watch its the coolest thing Ive ever seen.

  79. avatar shigh doughnuts より:

    this is just amazing. WOW. i wishh i was smart enoguh to think of this. I bet this will be in the top of the market. I dont care how much this costs, i promise i will buy one.

  80. avatar Arirush より:

    Wow! I am so amazed by this design and it is so easy to read! If this goes into production I will buy it right away!

  81. avatar Willie Johnson より:

    Tokyoflash, please make this watch!! I want to buy it now! Wow! I LOVE this watch. It’s so easy to read once you see how, but it looks like a cool maze! This watch is so great! Can I be notified when it goes into production? I want it now! This would make such a great gift!!! Boy is this neat!! It’s hard to find a unique looking digital watch – this is killer! Please, please, please make it, Tokyoflash!

    – Willie Johnson

  82. avatar Emily より:

    I love this watch! it is so cool! it confused me at first, but when i got the hang of reading it, it was really amazing!

  83. avatar Ed S. より:

    This watch is amazing!!! Tokyoflash! please make this watch!!!

  84. avatar BoB123 より:

    this is an amazing watch!!!!!!!!!! GREAT JOB heather :) they should really make this watch :)

  85. avatar Ilikepie123 より:

    WOW!!! at first, I didn’t understand it, but then I got it, and it’s really cool! PLEASE make this watch Tokyoflash……it’s attractive and easy to read! =)

  86. avatar dan より:

    Wow!!! I was confused at first but once i understood how it works i was really impressed with the idea. I would definatly buy this. Tokyoflash say hello to your new best seller!

  87. avatar said より:

    Great job Heather! Very simple design hard to decipher and yet so easy too read! This is the key!

  88. avatar Math より:

    Oh my god, this watch is really, really, cool. The design seems complex, but the watch is still really simple to read! I sure hope Tokyoflash makes this watch!!!!!

  89. avatar roxy より:

    i really like this watch. Hopefully tokyoflash will make this watch before christmas so i could have it!

  90. avatar Billy より:

    This is a cool watch. It is unique and is has a creative design. I would buy this watch if it came out

  91. avatar ~Zebrastarr~ より:

    Wow…wow…WOW. This is soo coool!! :3 I really want it… Tokyo Flash please make it this idea is so AWESOME!!! But please, try to make it in a zebra design… please?!? :3

    Kirby approves of this watch! o(>.<)=o

  92. avatar Michelle より:

    What an original idea! I would love to see this in all sorts of funky colors! Wow! How cool!

  93. avatar Amy より:

    This is really cool! I think its really creative and funky :)

  94. avatar MTGP より:

    This is truly a remarkable design that deserves a lot of attention, which it already has..
    TokyoFlash, please make this design a reality, cause it is so simple yet one of the most complicated. This is as it leaves first-timers at trying to read the time in the lurch, where it is hard to interpret especially if one does not have experience in such TokyoFlash-style watch.. On the other hand, it is undeniably, also the easiest and most straight-forward to read watch amongst the host of concept watches here on the TokyoFlash blog.
    So, just as others who have commented on this watch, I would agree that Heather has done a tremendous job for creating this design which can intrigue many!
    Overall, this indeed is a great and cool concept piece!! =)

  95. avatar bryan より:

    wow it’s just like miss sable to come up with something that i don’t understand and then explain it

  96. avatar Stuffy より:

    What a great design! I would like it as an all black watch, no silver ring.

  97. avatar Nikki より:

    Tell me when and where to buy this!

  98. avatar YoNikki21 より:

    Oh please! I want this so badly! Maybe in white :) thatll look sick! It took me awhile to figure it out but that I have I love it and now I can see the numbers clearly. I know it’ll trick out my friends. I want a unique watch and this is it!

  99. avatar Pigpenguin より:

    Amazing i was sooo confused by the instructions for like 15 minutes and then it hit me and i now love this watch it is the third one i have seen and gone: “DO WANT” so please tokyo flash make this watch :D

  100. avatar ilovecoffeeeeee より:

    Toyko Flash! are you ever going to make this watch? i really really want it! please please make it.