With just twelve years of experience under its belt, Ressence, the watch brand founded by Belgian industrial designer Benoît Mintiens has consolidated a unique and highly dynamic approach to displaying time. Ressence’s patented display module (ROCS) splits time into distinct units and displays time on revolving sub-dials that circle the dial like planets orbiting the Sun. Today, the brand introduces the Ressence Type 8, its sixth family of watches that is lighter, simpler and about half the price of other Ressence models.
The Ressence Type 8
The case of the Type 8 is made from grade 5 titanium and is the most minimal of all Ressence creations. Weighing just 42 grams, including the strap, the 42.9mm case has a height of 11mm. The sandwich-style construction displays two-tone polished and satin finishings, and the skirt, extending from the round case body at either end, hides the lugs. The polished bezel dips towards the pronounced domed dial and slopes dramatically on the sides, adding to the smooth pebble-like appeal of Ressence watches. Respecting the streamlined design, the crown is placed on the caseback and can be rotated in both directions to set the time and wind the movement. The fact that there is no crown protruding from the case means that the watch is ambidextrous and can be worn comfortably by right and left-handed folk.
The Ressence Type 8 is the simplest watch in the brand’s collection, indicating just the hours and minutes. The regulator-style display, with minutes on the periphery and a smaller sub-dial for the hours, contributes to the minimalism of the matte cobalt blue dial. The ressence Type 8 goes one step further in its quest for purity and dispenses with numerals, relying on simple white baton markers; the only reference to the brand is the small hand logo on the hours sub-dial.
Thanks to Ressence’s patented ROCS (Ressence Orbital Convex System) display module mounted on a series of jewel ball bearings, time is displayed in constant motion. On Type 8, the domed titanium dial rotates to indicate the minutes; the smaller sub-dial for the hours, set on the same plane, also rotates to mark the passing hours. The two hands and the engraved hour and minute scales are treated with blue Super-LumiNova to ensure legibility in low light conditions.
The patented ROCS 8 module is driven by the minute axle of a customised automatic ETA 2892/2 base calibre delivering a 36-hour power reserve. A simple, robust movement but one with enough force and reliability to drive the complex display module.
Availability & Price
The Ressence Type 8C is delivered with a blue leather strap and a polished titanium ardillon buckle. It will be on show at Watches & Wonders and available worldwide from 30 March 2022 via Ressence’s official network of retailers. The price is CHF 12,500 (excl. tax).
For more information, please visit Ressence.com.