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Look Mom, No Hands! Faceless LED Watch is All Band, No Dial

I'm with the band...I'm with the band...
A one-off, minimalist wristwatch by Hiranao Tsuboi of 100% was one of the highlights of Tokyo Design Week 2008. The eye-catching watch uses LED digits built into the elegant black brushed-metal wristband, negating the need for a traditional watch face altogether.





Pessimistic sci-fi writers sometimes predict a regimented future in which people have no names, just numbers. Now Hiranao Tsuboi's unique minimalist wristwatch looks to follow the same path as it has no face, only glowing LED digits inset into the seams of the wristband.





Tsuboi's watch also has no name - it's a one of a kind exercise made especially for Tokyo Design Week 2008.

That may not be the case for long, though... reaction to the watch has been overwhelmingly positive and it's likely one of Japan's specialty retailers will introduce a version of the faceless watch sometime soon. One might say, it's only a matter of time. (via DVice, images via Designboom)

EDITOR'S UPDATE: You can now  get the Faceless Watch in red or blue for under $20 on Amazon here.

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Steve Levenstein
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Comments
Nov 17, 2008
by Anonymous

I must

Have it! :(

Nov 17, 2008
by Anonymous

Now that, is a cool watch. I

Now that, is a cool watch. I likes it.

Nov 17, 2008
by Anonymous

i must have one too, tell me

i must have one too, tell me how to get one please... glf1973@aol.com

Nov 17, 2008
by Anonymous

um, but what about during...?

the day? how do you see the numbers glow?

Nov 20, 2008
by Anonymous

Yes

please. Count me in!

Nov 24, 2008
by Anonymous

Any rumours of a launch?

Has anyone heard anything more about whether this will become a retail product?

Nov 25, 2008
by Anonymous

terrible grammar

"especially for" should be "specially for". I can't believe this has become so widespread in usage, when it sounds so uneducated...

Nov 25, 2008
by Steve Levenstein
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Times change, so does language

Sorry for ruffling your feathers, but if language (and grammar) didn't evolve with time we'd all speak like Shakespeare today. Forsooth!

Nov 28, 2008
by Anonymous

Want to see this made!

Reminds me a little of the Rosendahl Watch II with the minimalist style and such, even the read out numbers are kind of similar. Only thing is, I like this one much more. Seems like you could just wear it more like a silver bracelet, assuming the readout is activated by a switch. If it would be cool with you Steve, I'd like to send them a link to this blog post requesting that they look into possibly making this watch since it seems to match their style. Only problem is that it would probably be about 200.00 dollars if they made it. :(

BTW: I gotta agree with ya, the internets is especially not for people with grammar issues. *ahem :-P

Nov 29, 2008
by Steve Levenstein
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If they build it, buyers will come...

The jury seems to be heavily on the side of mass production and even at $200 they'd probably sell truckloads. I'm sure the designer would be pleased to know that there's been a positive reaction, so feel free to make contact.

Nov 30, 2008
by Anonymous

Danke!

In other words, Thanks!

Jan 8, 2009
by Anonymous

Just One small problem

It would never work. These "designs" are quite widespread on the internet, but do not represent a real product. Please stop asking "where can I get one" Stop being a consumer lemming, and start learning about science, design and economics.

Jan 9, 2009
by Anonymous

space watch

it look ciool .
good idea .

Jan 18, 2009
by Anonymous

Battery life

Battery life was the problem with older LED watch designs.... 6 months was what I had.

Feb 15, 2009
by Anonymous

@Just One Small Problem This

@Just One Small Problem
This product will sell as many people want it. All those people who say 'I want one' will buy one. Which means it will sell. The amount of products sold is defined by the amount of consumers buying it, not by the amount economists predict. I like it. I'm a consumer. So it will sell. That's how simple it is. And yes, Internet is full with things like these. And no they aren't known by everyone. But not everyone buys skateboards, but it does sell. Questions?
I want one btw.

Feb 15, 2009
by Anonymous

oh james! (by anonymous again)

i think james bond should have one, i bet it sells like hell then.