If the main reason of buying more wrist watches than you really need is because of your desire for design variety, then we think the e-ink powered FES Watch might just be right up your timepiece-obsessed alley. While e-ink application in watches isn’t new, this particular item designed by Japanese design studio TAKT Project takes application of this power-sipping e-paper to a whole new level by applying it to the watch strap as well. Both the watch face and the strap are independent of each other, which means you can change the design of the face and the strap individually, thus resulting in a palette of 24 designs to choose from. And being an e-ink device, this thing is a quite power-sipper too: each charge will offer you around two months of time telling. Part of the battery longevity is attributed by the incorporation of a motion sensor which turns on the watch face only when you turn your wrist to look at the watch.
In case the 24 designs managed to bored you, you’d be glad that the watch face will be user-editable, but how it is going to achieve that is not known. The watch was designed Tokyo-based fashion startup, Fashion Entertainments, who aims to revolutionized the fashion industry by incorporating electronic paper in everyday fashion and accessories. The folks behind the FES Watch is looking to raise 1 million Yen (US$8,500) from its on-going second crowdfunding endeavor on Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake, where backers will be able to pre-order one for 16,800 Yen or about 16 American dollars. The first run in September saw the project pulling in 2.7 million Yen in funding to take the watch to production. Understandably, it is another Japanese-only product that we can only see and not touch or own. However, you have 98 days to find a reliable friend who resides in Japan to back the project on your behalf.