Tokyo Calling: New Japanese design watches

27Mar10

We’ve just added some lovely new and unusual Japanese design watches to Watch Me Go.

First up, the Caocao Automatic watch:

Caocao Automatic watch

Always happy to see you

It was created by Ishii Youzi for the Takumi project, which sponsors great product design in Japan. As the circular tips of each hand move round they create various ‘faces’ and expressions. It has an automatic mechanical movement, powered by the movement of your wrist. It costs £135, but it does feel fantastic quality and is made of really solid materials, with a weighty stainless steel case and leather strap.

The Icon watch is another minimalist Japanese design:

Japanese Icon Watch

Blur your eyes and it's a circle

Inspired by the small icons on your computer screen, the Icon watch has a ‘pixellated’ circular face that is unusual and eye-catching. We love it in this understated dark grey.

Finally, the football-inspired Hexagon watch:

Japanese Hexagon watch

Would have made a good prize on Blockbusters

It’s inspired by the colours and spherical geometry of a football but even an ardent sport-avoider like G can see the appeal. Produced by Japanese firm Idea, the Hexagon is unusual and eye-catching, and with plain hands and no need for numerals, it’s pure and simple in white.

Both the Hexagon and the Icon have an ABS body, polyurethane strap and a stainless steel buckle. They are £49 including free delivery on Watch Me Go.

We’re so impressed by Japanese design, we’ve booked tickets to go and do a proper recce in person later in the year. With our trusty interpreter Matt, we’re going to search out more new watches to share with the world. Watch this space…

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