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Time To Draw! Ressence and Sotheby’s Join Forces Against Coronavirus

Independent Watchmaker and Auction House launch a competition to design a Ressence Type 1 Slim.

| By Monochrome | 2 min read |

Independent watchmaker Ressence and Sotheby’s Watch Division are joining forces against coronavirus this season and launching a competition to design a unique watch. For the first time ever, watch lovers will have the chance to create their own interpretation of one of Ressence’s latest models, the Type 1 Slim. And the winning design will make it into production and be offered for sale at Sotheby’s… The proceeds of their creativity will benefit medical research into Covid-19.

Ready, Steady, Draw! After downloading the outline drawings (dial and back) of the Type 1 Slim here, use your favourite tools (from colouring pencils and felt pens to Photoshop… or anything else you’d like to use) and create your own vision of a Ressence watch, within the following specifications:

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  • Colour for each component (only one colour per component)
  • Colour of the graphics (numbers and lines)
  • Colour of the graphics glow (Super-LumiNova)

The design (graphical format) should be submitted by email to [email protected] before 12 May (2pm GMT), together with the name or inscription for the engraving and the participant’s contact details. Drawings can also be shared on Instagram with the hashtag #WatchesAgainstCovid19 and the tags @ressence_watches and @SothebysWatches.

Ressence Type 1 Slim
This is the base, the Ressence Type 1 Slim… and now, make your own version.

The competition is opened from today 28 April (2pm GMT) until 12 May (2pm GMT). The winning design will be selected by Belgian designer and Ressence founder Benoît Mintiens, in consultation with the brand’s Swiss manufacturers, who will then bring the winning design to life as a watch. The successful designer will have her/his name engraved on the case of the piece. The unique piece will be offered in Sotheby’s Hong Kong “Important Watches” auction on 11 July 2020. Proceeds from the sale will support the Covid-19 Research Programme at KU Leuven University in Belgium.

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