Swiss brand Fortis Watches is famous for two things: as the world’s first manufacturer of automatic wristwatches, and secondly, their uncanny collaborations with various artists. So its no surprise that the Fortis Frisson Watch, done in collaboration with German artist/designer Rolf Sachs is a literally, a breathtaking watch.
In French, ‘frisson’ means shiver or chill and implies a cool, distant attitude – a quality reflected in the materials in the watch, steel case, transparent silicon strap and luminous coated hands. But what’s special about the Fortis Frisson Watch?
The wearer of this watch is encouraged to physically touch and interact with the glass by wiping their finger over or breathing upon the frosted glass which then gives clarity to the dial.
As Rolf Sachs said of the Fortis Frisson Watch: “I wanted the ‘Frisson’ watch to have an intriguing quality, something different. I used hand written numerals instead of the typically bold graphics, which often have a sterile touch. Frosting the glass face gives a surprising element, resembling the condensation of an iced vodka glass, just out of the freezer.”
This watch is not for everyone and some may say it’s silly and gimmicky, but we like it – even if it is just for how technical the frosted dial works! The watch face is made of mineral crystal with a special finish which only allows a dim vision of the hands.
To top it off, the Fortis Frisson Watch by Rolf Sach is a limited edition piece of art. Only 999 pieces are made. Available here.