SOTTSASS Collection Wristwatch, Blue, Red, Japan, 1993

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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).

YEAR: 1993
COUNTRY: Japan
DIMENSIONS: 31mm
AVAILABLE: 1
MANUFACTURER: Seiko
DESIGNER: Ettore Sottsass
MATERIAL: sapphire glass, stainless steel, metal base, leather, plastic
CONDITION: Excellent
COLOR: Dark Green, Pink, Yellow, Orange
PRODUCTION: Out of production 

 

Ettore Sottsass Portrait on PHXgallery.com

ETTORE SOTTSASS (1917 – 2007) was an Italian architect and designer who played a quintessential role in the radical design movements of the 20th century. Founder of the Memphis movement in 1981, he brought to the fore values eclipsed by functionalism. His body of work includes furniture, jewelry, glass, lighting, home objects and office machine design, as well as many buildings and interiors.