The Swiss watchmaker from the town of Grenchen has a long tradition of cooperation with notable artists with the goal of creating unique and original watches, and the new Frisson timepiece is an excellent example of this intention. As it names reveals (Frisson means chill or shiver in French), it is a cool timepiece with icy theme. The most noticeable characteristic of this product by Fortis is certainly its very unusual dial that appears to be frosty, as if the watch was just removed from the fridge. The polar-styled timepiece also includes hand written numerals and other personal touches that are attributed with the work of a renowned artist and designer Rolf Sachs who earned his reputation for his multi-disciplinary approach to art and design.
As the creator explained, he wanted to make a totally different and intriguing watch. Talking about the special appearance of the product, Mr. Sachs explained: “Frosting the glass face gives a surprising element, resembling the condensation of an iced vodka glass, just out of the freezer. The wearer is encouraged to physically touch and interact with the glass as wiping their wet finger over or breathing upon the frosted glass will bring total clarity.” This sort of quality of the watch whose face looks like it is covered with a veil, undoubtedly places this product in the category of astonishingly original timepieces.
The horological strong point of this work of art is enabled with the mechanical self-winding Swiss made movement. Though the manufacturer does not state the specific caliber it used, it is known that it has the frequency of 28,800 vph and 25 jewels (possibly it is ETA 2824-2 movement). In any case, this caliber is placed inside a round two-part case which is made from brushed stainless steel and has the diameter of 40 mm. The screwed down case back is also made from steel, while the bezel of the watch is stationary. Another fine detail is the crown with the brand’s logo and with crown protection. The most interesting feature of the timepiece, frosty looking glass is made from mineral. Due to its sturdy construction, this timepiece is able to withstand water pressure to 200 meters (660 feet). Despite its capability to be able to resist substantial pressures, it clearly is not a diving timepiece especially because its prime feature is limited visibility. Likewise, Sachs’s creation is mostly concentrated to aesthetics. It is a mechanical automatic watch, but it does not provide any additional complications and its only function is timekeeping, executed with the use of three hands, and its date display.
However, in a timepiece like this; it is not of the upmost importance, because its technical capabilities are more than outshone by its amazing appearance. Fortis Limited Art Edition Frisson by R. Sachs has a striking white dial with hand applied numerals and the graffiti-styled logo of the company. Its hour and minute hands are made with blue Superluminova with blue afterglow, while the second hand is silver. The dial of the “frozen” timepiece is completed with a date indication encircled with red which is placed at the three o’clock position, and with the artist’s logo at the lower part of the face.
Polar-looking watch by Fortis also has an interesting bracelet that goes very well with the overall theme of the timepiece. It has a transparent strap made from silicone, which fastens with a folding clasp. The watch by Fortis launched as a part of the commemoration of the brand’s 100th anniversary, is constructed in a limited edition that consists of 999 pieces.