A combination of the words "Renaissance" and "essentiel", Ressence is a young, independent brand with a unique approach to contemporary watchmaking. Founded by the Belgian industrial designer Benoît Mintiens in 2010, all of the brand’s watches carry ever-changing “regulator” dials, in which the sub-dials and main disc continually orbit one another.
Changing how we read time
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.