Back in 2015, independent Belgian watch-maker Ressence announced that it was entering into an agreement with mrporter.com, to sell its super cool watches online through the latter’s award-winning menswear platform. Two years on it seems like things have been going well. Really well, in fact. So much so, that today both companies announced an exciting collaboration featuring two limited edition Ressence Type 1 MRP timepieces that will be available exclusively on mrporter.com. We have all the details for you right here, so read on to find out more about what could (should) be your next online purchase.
If you’re a regular reader of Monochrome, then you are no doubt already familiar with Ressence watches and its signature “beyond hands” time display. In the unlikely event you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can find out just about everything you need to know from our selection of articles here. Created by Belgian industrial designer, Benoit Mintiens, who launched the brand in 2010, Ressence watches have quickly gained a cult-like following among watch enthusiasts and the style elite alike. In hindsight, it was only a matter of time before men’s style giants like mrporter.com came knocking.
The Ressence Type 1 PN MRP & Ressence Type 1 PW MRP
As I mentioned, this exclusive collaboration features not one but two Ressence timepieces, both of which you can only get online at mrporter.com. The first is the Ressence Type 1 PN MRP, which is offered in a 42mm polished titanium case and paired with a gorgeous Night Blue metallic dial with 3 satellites in contrasting silver. The watch indicates the seconds, minutes, hours and week days using a patented time display system composed of orbiting single surface discs and rings, which are collectively known as ROCS (the Ressence Orbital Convex System). This in turn is powered by the minute axle of a customised 2824/2 base calibre. It is paired with a 20mm leather strap with ardillon buckle and will be limited to just 12 pieces, each of which is numbered on the specially engraved caseback.
The second option is my personal favorite; the Ressence Type 1 PW MRP. Whilst the functionality remains the same as the Type 1 PN MRP, the look and feel is completely different. This is because in this version, the 42mm case has been milled from a single block of 18k 4N Rose Gold. This case is paired nicely with a sandblasted white dial, with a few gold highlights and some splashes of red. It seems strange to say this but it almost gives the watch a slightly vintage feel, which is bizarre because Ressence watches are known for their ultra-modern time-displays. Personally, I really like it, plus it looks super cool on the wrist. Sadly, though it is limited to just 6 pieces, which is great if you value exclusivity but sucks if you’re the 7th person that tries to buy this watch. Completing the watch is a numbered and engraved caseback and brown leather strap with Ardillon rose gold buckle.
Available on mrporter.com now while stocks last, these two limited edition timepieces from Ressence are sure to be a sell-out success and once again demonstrate that small, independent brands can do amazing things, especially with the right partners. Price for the Type 1 PN MRP in polished titanium is €17,500, while the Type 1 PW MRP retails for €29,500.
Technical specifications – Ressence Type 1 PN MRP & Ressence Type 1 PW MRP
- Case: 42mm x 12mm – polished titanium or 18k rose gold – sapphire crystal top with antireflective coating on both sides – solid engraved caseback.
- Movement: ROCS 1 module driven by the minute axle of a customised 2824/2 base calibre – 36h power reserve – 28’800 vibrations/h – 40 jewels – Orbiting Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Week Days.
- Strap: Distressed black leather or brown alligator leather strap with Ardillon buckle in metal matching the case.
- Reference: Type 1 PN MRP (polished titanium version)/Type 1 PW MRP (18k rose gold version)
- Price: EUR 17,500 / EUR 29,500