Ressence Type 5B Prototype, Titanium

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This example is an early prototype of the Ressence Type 5B*, a divers’ watch which modernises and reimagines how we read time. The caseback features “Type 2” printed in a lime green font, which is a feature only found on the prototypes of the Type 5B.


While the layout of a dial and how we read it may now seem like second nature, we often forget that it is something that is taught to us, rather than it being entirely intuitive. Ressence’s watches use an “orbital convex system” that divides the dial into different subdials, indicating days, hours, minutes, and seconds, allowing the wearer to gather a more intuitive sense of time from the position of the sub-dials.

First debuted at Baselworld 2014, the Type 1 followed on from the Type 3, as a reinvention of the original Type 1001, with a new crownless winding system and thinner case. In comparison to the Type 1001 with its large crown and thick case size, and the Type 3 with its innovative oil-filled dial, the Type 1 expresses perhaps the most minimalist vision of the brand.