TokyoFlash Tibida LED watch — with binary mode! Three being given away gratis

TokyoFlash sent me one of their Tibida watches to play with in January. I've been buying TokyoFlash watches for years; they embody the perfect intersection of style, impracticality and blinky lights to tickle my nerdbuttons. The Tibida is no exception.

The face is a grid of circular white discs, each over a white LED. The watch has three modes: hours (hour is spelled out as a number on the bottom grid, minutes are approximated on the 12 lights on top), minutes (vice-versa) and binary (a fine update to the traditional binary LED watch).

I'm a clockwatcher, so I like having a little cognitive load associated with checking the time — it slows me down and makes me recognize when I'm checking the clock (again).

TokyoFlash is giving away three Tibida watches to Boing Boing readers: just email the name of the holiday that's celebrated in Japan on March 14th, and email your answer to Three winners will be selected at random on Thursday March 6th 2008.