What at first blush looks like the ultimate tool for the 22nd century hypnotist is actually a new pocket watch from Kisai—yes, that’s right, you actually can tell time with this thing, despite all appearances.
The Kisai Vortex Pocket Watch combines a classic stainless steel casing with an LED-backlit LCD touchscreen that requires a set of instructions to tell you how to tell time. It’s actually not too complicated—the bars on the outer ring indicate seconds, with the next ring indicating hours and the third ring indicating minutes. The next two rings display time for a second time zone, but without seconds.
The touchscreen allows you to access some of the features on the watch. There are touch zones at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock that activate the alarm, set time and date, and turn on the LED backlighting.
The entrancing (very entrancing) Kisai Vortex Pocket Watch is available on TokyoFlash Japan at a discounted release price of $150. You can get that price plus free shipping if you order one before December 11.