Wait a minute, wait a minute. Â Isn’t this supposed to be WristÂ Watch Review? Â Well, yes, it still is. Â However, if you dig into the history of wristwatches, you’ll find that they actually came from pocket watches. Â As a matter of fact, some of the first wrist watches were simply pocket watches with lugs soldered on so a strap could be attached. Â So, with that, let’s have a look at this ultra-modern pocket watch.
This model is offered by TokyoFlash Japan, and is named the Kisai Rogue Touch. Â Why it’s called a Rogue, I’m not sure (loose D&D association to pockets, perhaps?). Â The touch portion, however, is very clear. Â Once you flip the top up on the 47mm case, the screen is touch controlled. Â Just tapping the screen at 9 o’clock will activate the backlight; sliding from left to right will unlock the watch.
Once it’s unlocked, then you open up the additional touch buttons (at 12, 3, 6). Â This allows you to control and adjust all of the various features, which are:
- Setting the time – two timezones
- Setting the date (month, day, and year)
- Setting the alarm
So, as you can see, not the simplest in the world. Â However, once you have the hang of it, it’s not too bad. Â And it looks pretty cool, to boot. Â Almost like some part of Enterprise (ST:TNG) jumped onto the dial. Â Reading the date is along the same vein, but is a bit harder, as you need to count the blocks in the seconds track to know the day number.
In my time with the Rogue Touch, there was a lot to like. Â It’s a unique presentation with some “wow” to it, between the display and touch functionality. Â Additionally, it feels solidly built. Â However, it’s not exactly a “quick glance” watch for telling the time. Â All told, it’s a compact package with a lot of functionality built in. Â At the asking price of $169, it’s reasonably priced for its uniqueness. Â If you add it to your collection, just tell your friends that steampunk is played out, you’re getting into cyberpunk.*
*Kids, ask your parents