Saturday, 16 March 2013

Seiko Issey Miyake TO Watch - VJ20

I'm meeting up with some folk today who like special looking watches, so I chose this watch by Seiko.

The watch is one of a range of watches by Seiko that were produced by the Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake. Miyake was born in 1938 and is known for his technology driven fashion designs (but was also the producer of Steve Jobs signature black turtlenecks).

This particular model is part of a range called TO which was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka. Yoshioka is best known for his futuristic furniture. The TO watch follows his design approach where he starts with the material and extracts it's character, and so produced a watch looking like it was sculpted from a block of metal.
Four colours were released, and this all-silver one had the catalogue number SILAN001. The manual can be found at

The watch itself uses a Seiko made VJ20 module, and is a two hand dial. More correctly, it is a 2 disc display, with the inner disc covering minutes, and the outer ring covering hours.

It is all stainless steel, but still light at 137g. The back details the designer, the producer, and the developer (written as Seiko Instruments Inc). It was made in Japan, and has a full model number of VJ20-0010.

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