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Create an Abyss on your Wrist with Mirrors and LEDs

Design submitted by Radu from Romania.

Radu says: “The idea for this watch design came to me when I saw some Christmas lights in a department store being reflected between a glass display case and a mirror. I have wanted for some time to submit a design to the Tokyoflash Design Studio Blog but nothing original enough occurred to me so this was a stroke of good luck.

The design is pretty simple but I hope it creates a spectacular effect. The principle is the endless reflection of light between two mirrors. The watch consists of a mirror dial, 60 small LEDs on top of the dial and glass crystal over everything. The twist is the fact that the glass crystal is a slightly smoked one way mirror facing the dial. Between the two, 60 LED lights are positioned which when turned on will create the impression of an endless tunnel starting from your wrist towards infinity. Telling time is simple and very similar to a normal analog watch. One LED shows the seconds, a group of two LED lights show the minutes and finally three LED lights will tell you the hours. The difference is the hour indicator does not slide between positions gradually but rather jumps from one position to the other. I think people who like this watch would be individuals that enjoy a clever idea, have probably never lost their sense of wonder as adults and like me indulge in a good sci-fi book from time to time. Romantics may also find the symbolism of an endless tunnel in time appealing.”

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55 thoughts on “Create an Abyss on your Wrist with Mirrors and LEDs”

  1. i guess that to have an exact hour reading i not so easy, maybe you could use some indicators as in an analogue watch, but yeaaahh i would buy this awesome watch

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    1. Another idea to improve readability would be to briefly light up all the hour markers before actually displaying the current time. I am glad you like it! Regards!

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    1. I also submitted another infinity mirror idea after my first one and hoped, I would be the only one :) This idea is so cool, I bet there are more ideas like this in the waiting line.

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      1. I was not aware of your design but I think yours looks great also. I was also thinking about RGB LEDs but in my opinion it will be very difficult to actually produce something like that. There are 120 LED terminals on my concepts and probably about 240 in yours. You need a processor capable of controlling all those digital outputs and that if it exists can’t be cheap. Regards…

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      2. Actually, my design has less than half the LEDs. It is no more than many of the other LED watches being produced. My main concern is thickness. If the mirrors are too close together it may not look so good, and the further apart they are the thicker the watch.

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  2. Congratulations Radu. Awesome watch. 5 stars and yes.

    Ma bucur sa mai vad si alte idei din Romania aici pe site. Bine ai venit. :)

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  3. Well well, what can I say, I love infinity mirrors! The time reading system is working really good and has enough LEDs to look eye-catching. I second i m’s comment about the indicators, that were also wished for my concept last year. That would add some comfort to this cool idea. I like how you visualized the LEDs… shiny! Good luck :)

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  4. Make this watch please don’t wait for 1000’s of requests asking for it to be made its a no brainer this watch will sell and I will buy it!

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  5. Great concept! I love it as is, but a nifty addition would be the watches ability to have the LED’s respond to sound. If you went out dancing you could enable the LED’s to react to the music.

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    1. Not really the same thing… This is not just some clever graphics, it’s actually giving the perfect 3d illusion of depth. Thanks for your comment.

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  6. I like the idea! It reminds me of the videos “Infinity Mirror Illusion!” and “Infinity Clock Illusion!” of brusspup (search them on youtube ;) ) Of course, I had in mind to take that idea to a concept watch :/
    Good luck ;)

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    1. 6:30. Just 3 dots at the 6 hour marker. It is impossible to make a mistake this way and, a similar problem occurs with analog watches when the hands overlap. Another idea to improve readability would be to briefly light up all the hour markers before actually displaying the current time. Thank you for your question.

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      1. The mirror on the crystal is facing down towards the dial so all you should see is a dark crystal as close to black as posible.

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  7. Not entirely new this idea but looks fantastic, love the effect and the case looks nice also. I see a few issues with the time telling but nothing that cant be sorted. 5 and Yes

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  8. I already have a Tokyoflash watch and was hunting for another… now this surely got my attention, I haven’t seen anything like it… Let me know if it’s produced so that I can buy it before my friends do :)))

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  9. Congratulations Anca, your idea it’s very innovative and dinamic. I liked the design and your idea!
    I hope that yours get chosen :)

    Nubia Buitrago

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  10. Nice, but maybe a different shape variant would work, like IDK, a square or hexagon (hex is more convenient), I love infinity idea on it :)

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  11. well “original” is something different, but this watch idea rocks anyway! the jive turkey is sold out and obviously from another decade. too cheesy for my taste and the mirror illusion isn’t even used to tell time, if I see right. this concept would be a nice successor but it looks a bit too contemporary, actually retro. the infinity mirror illusion is a thing from the 80’s and should get a futuristic renaissance, not a repetition. I think sam’s version is it for me. well, whoever get’s the ticket, I’ll buy the watch in every color it gets made. *****/YES

    sam, did tokyoflash ever contact you about your virtual tunnel watch?

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    1. I doubt anyone can claim to have invented the actual physical phenomenon of the endless reflection; I am sure more designs will follow using this and other physics-inspired creative means of expression in many different ways… after all, the laws of physics are timeless. Hope one of these designs will be appreciated enough to be produced, maybe mine will be the lucky one, if Sam’s wasn’t. Thanks for voting!

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    2. I actually wonder, when the first infinite mirror effect was created – but indeed, this effect can’t be claimed anymore today.

      As for your question Acan, they made a comment back then, but remained quiet then. I like what you said, that no matter who gets picked, you’ll buy it. I can second that :D

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