Phosphor Appear Magnetic Crystal Watch Hands-On [Review]

As we first saw with their World Time E-Ink watch, Phosphor is on the cutting edge when it comes to affordable watch design. The new Phosphor Appear (formerly the Phosphor Reveal) was no exception as it garnered quite a bit of attention when it was first announced thanks to its unique Micro-Magnetic Mechanical Digital (M3D) display adorned with Swarovski crystals.

So how cool is it up close and personal?

It is very cool in our opinion. As you can see in the video above, the flipping motion of the crystals is mesmerizing—definitely a conversation starter. We even loved that mechanical ticking sound—it kind of reminded me of the sound that the dial makes on a large combination safe in the movies when someone is trying to crack it.

As far as the aesthetic is concerned we liked it, but it’s not going to be for everyone. This particular version isn’t nearly as gaudy as we expected, though other versions add more crystals around the watch bezel. The face is rather large and thick, but it’s still very light, and the leather strap was good quality. Overall, the Appear is a very comfortable watch to wear.

As you might expect, the functionality on the Phosphor Appear is simple—hours and minutes, seconds and an off-mode that completely covers the screen with crystals.

So, the bottom line is that if you are looking for a relatively inexpensive watch that will impress your friends, the Phosphor Appear should be high on your list. The design is also available in women’s styles.

Product Page ($199-$249)


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