(English) Hey everyone, Happy New Year!
Firstly, let me apologise if we, “Tokyoflash” haven’t been giving enough feedback & response on the blog. The reason is that we are just really, really busy. To give you some idea, at the time of writing, there are about 30 watch designs at various stages of development.
Secondly, a HUGE thank you to everyone who has sent in a design, contributed to or commented on the blog. We are so pleased that you guys have made this the best watch design blog we have ever seen. There are literally hundreds of awesome ideas pouring in from all over the world and people are even building new friendships though their passion for design.
Today we’d like to give you some news on what’s happening this year as well as a quick glance back at the designs that have already been brought to reality to date.
All have been very popular, Kaidoku is on its second production run, Seven sold out within a few weeks (it is coming back soon we promise), RPM continues to be popular & there have been many variations made. On Air is the latest concept to reality and is doing very well too.
As you know, all designers receive commission on their designs and i’m sure they are all very pleased with the results so far. Well done guys!
Looking forward to 2012, as mentioned above, there are about 30 designs in progress. These are a mixture of blog submissions & our own designs.
Some of them are definitely being made, some of them are in the research & development stages – meaning that we are experimenting on how to get them to work, some are still on the drawing board and some are in discussion.
All the watches we make are a technical struggle. Although the technology exists, it’s almost always never been done in this way or in a size small enough for a wrist watch. For example: when developing Kisai Seven, finding a battery that could power an always on light-up function whilst having enough battery life between charges was a real challenge, especially when size limitations and cost had to be considered.
Below we have posted a selection of designs from YOU. All these designs are being considered for the future. This is not an exhaustive list, there are more in review.
Some of the designs below are almost certainly being made. Some of them are being researched, some are just being considered.
If your design is shown below, congratulations. We are taking your idea seriously. At this stage we are not promising it will be made, but we are very interested. As mentioned there are more selections also, not just these ones, so bear that in mind.
Thanks again for your efforts in contributing to the blog and we look forward to receiving more fantastic ideas and bringing them to reality in 2012.
In no particular order…
Adjust by Nico (Netherlands)
Codex a collaboration by Firdaus (Malaysia) & Heather (USA)
Crypto Lite by Lloyd (Australia)
Plasma Globe by Jobby (France)
Day Watcher Cruiser by Firdaus (Malaysia)
Cross Section by Andy (Ukraine)
L-Bar by Laszlo (Hungary)
Out of Order a collaboration by Sam (Germany) and Heather (USA)
Dot-to-Dot a collaboration by Peter (UK) and Sam (Germany)
Uzumaki by Firdaus (Malaysia)
Sound Sensitive by Sam (Germany)
Honorable mentions also go to Anders for his Kelp design, Cory for his Aqua design and Patrick for his Twist design. Although these didn’t make the cut this time, we felt they had an element of design or technology that had potential.