HU by Ross Lovegrove for Issey Miyake



Industrial designer Ross Lovegrove has created a watch for Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake.


Called Hu (short for 'human'), the watch casing wraps around the wearer's wrist and has a silicon strap in grey, white or black. Its convex watch face is angled 25 degrees to the right.


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Here's some text from Lovegrove:


New watch series created by the collaboration between ISSEY MIYAKE and Ross Lovegrove

The ISSEY MIYAKE WATCH Project which started in 2001 has invited a British industrial designer, Ross Lovegrove to create its new watch series. The concept of the new watch is "Human". Made of titanium which is gentle to the skin and non-allergic, the extended case naturally wraps the wrist bone. By tilting the face 25 degrees to the right from the 12-6 direction, it is easier to read the time. In addition, the face is convex in both 12-6 and 3-9 directions, which results in the delicate effect on the dial image. Silicon is used for the band, because it is safe for the human body. With the pursuit of the concept, "human" in both the creation of the form and the use of the material, a new watch is made to fuse the form and materials.

"'Hu' simply means human. A clear and pure statement embodied in a timepiece for ISSEY MIYAKE. In many ways it is a fusion between the incredible works of Issey-san, his constant invention, respect for materials and almost spiritual serenity in the way his clothes relate to the human form. It truly is a creative bonding and all my life long feelings about watches as a prosthetic extension of the body, the concept of anatomical contouring and the organic sculptural possibilities of materials that integrate into one single skin."

The design will be launched on 15 September in Japan, the USA and Europe.

Posted on Thursday July 23rd 2009 at 12:49 pm by Zaynab D. Ziari. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Brian

    I love this watch, however…
    I bought a watch in 2005 by Android USA and aside from Ross’s unique wristband, It resembles that Android watch particularly.

    Now what puzzles me is that watch was called the Android Alien Dominator, and this- Human… Go figure!

    Love u Ross


  • miguel ángel iranzo

    looks like a wrist lump.

  • toodles

    these look gross. not elegant or modern. if anything they look dated.


  • capucine

    nothing special, even not simplicity.

  • jc

    if the band were thinner I think it would do the shape more justice.

  • L

    I agree: wrist tumor.

  • Xit

    Hoping this comment will survive the comments policy :

    This watch looks like the kind one might get for free when purchasing some perfume at an airport.

  • guys

    guys, actually i guess you did the judges without thinking why Ross made it this way.

  • Ads

    I love nearly all of his work but i think this is a bit ugly. Although having not worn one I cant pass judgement as to whether the ergonomic / human qualities are worth the “wrist tumor” look…

  • deja-vu

    i wonder: why didn’t Isssey Miyake design it himself?

  • yung

    the design looks 100% Lovegrove…and I think that’s the point.

  • Rob

    I like the approach, but am not sure of the result: it looks surprisingly dated (as stated before) and not modern at all; it is a bit like a Nike watch for older people. Also I am not sure if it fits everyone, as it looks like the metal bit goes quite a lot around the wrist – very problematic normally considering the big differences between people.

  • Horrible Haridas

    nice watch, but yes sadly on first glance it looks like those promo 7 dollar watches i might buy at the hong kong watch fair, or the china bazaar nearby. quite ross though and i do love most of his work otherwise.

  • One

    Looks great. I want one.

  • “Silicon is used for the band, because it is safe for the human body”

    except that it gets sweaty.

  • Mike

    I’m sorry, but titanium isn’t what comes to mind when I think of “skin friendly.” Making things out of titanium takes a lot of nasty chemicals and processes.

    I see how it would be worth it for aircraft and military applications… but for a simple watch, titanium is just overkill and more akin to bragging rights than good material choice.

  • sign

    the 25 deg. tilt would make it easier to read when worn on hand… what about the other?

  • jojo

    I thought you all were up on designer’s work. Ross Lovegrove did not design the Imac nor did he influence it. He did a short consulting gig (after frog) for Apple way back in the day (95-96?). The results were a funky camera…an old book on apple has as shot of it.