What’s cooler than being cool? Fortis Frisson


Fortis Frisson by Rolf SachsThis watch might come as a surprise for most of you who are accustomed to thinking about Fortis only as the cosmonaut watch manufacturer. Fortis, making something other than space and pilot watches? Preposterous! Heck, until recently I had a hard time with that blasphemous notion myself. Horology indeed works in mysterious ways, as this chilling timepiece testifies. Designed by the famous German Swiss artist Rolf Sachs, Fortis Frisson is one of the series of watches that shall be unveiled in time for Fortis’ 100th anniversary in 2012.

Interesting enough, this is not the first time Fortis and Rolf Sachs collaborated on a watch. Back in 2008, Mr. Sachs designed an inquiring watch, the one that challenged your little gray cells every time you would like to know what the time was (not really). It was aptly named Fortis IQ watch, and I believe it was quite popular amongst young mathematicians slash physicists.

Fortis IQ by Rolf Sachs

Fortis IQ by Rolf Sachs

This watch, however, caters to a different crowd. What crowd that might be is still open to debate, but I would like to think I could become a member of that gang. (As long as it’s not the Polar Explorers Guild – that would not be so cool :) As you can tell by the pictures, this is no ordinary watch. In fact, it would be safe to say with certain confidence that many of you upon stumbling inadvertently upon this watch, would succumb to the reflex of throwing it in a garbage bin mistaken it for a broken tool. Such hastiness could be forgiven, because, who the hell is making a watch that is deliberately suffering condensation of the crystal? Apparently Fortis and illustrious Mr. Sachs. Not satisfied with poking our brains, Mr. Sachs concluded it was time to irk our eyes and sense of cosmic order. I for one, think it is a delightful watch, if nothing for these two reasons – one is purely subjective and it plays upon my enjoyment of (almost) anything unusual that questions the somewhat stale foundations of horology and the other is the fact that the brand that is usually associated with sober and serious professional tools is making this playful gadget, however the limited occasion.

Fortis Frisson by Rolf Sachs

Fortis Frisson by Rolf Sachs

Fortis Frisson – the French word meaning chill/shiver – is really living up to its name. Resembling the glass freshly out of the freezer, the watch requires a physical interaction to actually make the dial visible. Don’t worry, wiping a wet finger or breathing upon the crystal will bring full clarity. Magical!

Clever use of materials is further expanding the polar theme. The brushed steel case, and strap made of that icy transparent silicon are fitting well with mineral crystal with a special finish employed to bring that unique, frosty experience.
I can feel the chill creeping down my spine as we’re on the Arctic with Sir John Franklin and his unfortunate crew of HMS Erebus!

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