A truly slimline digital watch has been unveiled at the CES electronics show in Las Vegas, thought to be the world’s thinnest timepiece.
THE CST-01 is the fruit of a collaboration between Central Standard Timing and E Ink. It measures just 0.8mm thick, meaning that it is thinner than a credit card and, owing to electronic components, far slimmer than any mechanical or quartz timepiece.
The watch is still patent-pending and is assembled through laminating thin, flexible components to a bangle-shaped piece of stainless steel. In order to make the watch as thin as possible, there are no buttons on the watch itself.
It runs on a Thinergy Micro-Energy cell that has a lifetime of 15 years, with a battery that is charged through a base station that is included with the watch. The base is also used to adjust the time, with it taking just 10 minutes to fully charge the battery.
The CST-01 weighs 12 grams and is driven by a Seiko Epson Microcontroller, a chip that allows that watch “to do everything [it] needs to in a tiny package and sips power in order for us to achieve the desired battery life”.
The watch has been created through a crowdfunding scheme via Kickstarter. To date Central Standard Time has raised $177,629 (£110,560) to help bring the watch to production, through backing from almost 1,500 individuals. It has a target of $200,000.
The CST-01 watch is currently available to pre-order for $129 (£80), with the watch expected to be shipped to customers in Q2.
The company behind the watch, Central Standard Timing, was founded by Dave Vondle, an interaction designer and electrical engineer, and Jerry O’Leary, an industrial designer and mechanical engineer.