Looking for the Japanese watch of my dreams
June 25, 2008 1:57 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for this watch, designed by Naoto Fukazawa. It is NOT part of his collection for Issey Miyake, nor was it designed for ±0. I can't find any details about it beyond what's on the IDEO page, and I'm guessing my inability to google in Japanese might be the problem. Help!
posted by symbebekos to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (5 answers total)
I have no idea where you can buy that but I would love to know myself!!
posted by moochoo at 2:02 PM on June 25, 2008

You probably weren't getting hits because his family name is Fukasawa with an "S" not a "Z".

The watch was never intended for or put into production. It was a concept/prototype designed while he was at IDEO for a electronics in fashion exhibition "Without Thought, e-fashion" in Japan in 2001.

Additional info from this forum thread:
2001 at NTT InterCommunication Centre (ICC) in the Tokyo Opera City Tower, Fukasawa showcased, with IDEO, the LED Watch. A small rectangle block formed from co-injection moulded plastic with an embedded light-emitting diode (LED) panel, this wristwatch rests veiled within a blank slab. It isn’t until pressure is applied to a switch hidden in the band that numbers become illuminated, stacked with the numeric hour over the minute.
posted by junesix at 3:02 PM on June 25, 2008

If you like the minimalist LED watches, you may want to consider Rosendahl's WATCH II which is in production. ThinkGeek has it for $199.
posted by junesix at 3:07 PM on June 25, 2008 [1 favorite]

While not the watch in question, it looks very similar to Philippe Starck's watches designed for Fossil: see Google Image search for Fossil + Starck. Much more available and affordable.
posted by meowzilla at 4:43 PM on June 25, 2008

Thanks for the helpful input, everyone! I've seen the Starck and Rosendahl watches, but this one is special because it's off most of the time, and looks mostly like a stone set on a cloth band. Beautiful. That said, I think I'm going to buy the Rosendahl - unless I can figure out how to build a knockoff of this one!
posted by symbebekos at 7:23 PM on June 25, 2008

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