SOTTSASS Collection Chronograph Wristwatch, Purple, Japan, 1993$1,200.00
First edition, out-of-production SOTTSASS COLLECTION wrist watches designed by Ettore Sottsass, released in Japan by Seiko in 1992. Production of this collection was limited to a small number due to the highly skilled and meticulous manufacturing required to create such a complex yet subtile design. Model MPN: 7N01-6H20. This example retains its original leather band. Sold with the original box, instruction booklet and hang tag.
The multi-layered sapphire crystal bears different screen printed graphics at each level, which is what creates the unique floating effect on these watches and chronographs. A very subtile and clever design requiring high manufacturing skills and means, the sapphire crystal was costly, and difficult to cut in thin layers. The high cost of manufacturing is what put these watches out of production.
Later, in 1995 and 1996, Seiko modified Ettore Sottsass’s designs for a limited re-edition called SOTTSASS SPIRIT (in the spirit of Sottsass).
DESIGNER: Ettore Sottsass
MATERIAL: sapphire glass, stainless steel, metal base, leather, plastic
COLOR: Purple, Black, Aquamarine Blue
PRODUCTION: Out of production