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A combination of the words renaissance and essentiel, Ressence is a young, independent brand with a unique approach to contemporary watchmaking. Their motto “Built on the expertise of yesterday, crafted with today’s technology, our watches are designed for tomorrow” - very much speaks to this, innovative identity. Founded by the Belgian industrial designer, M. 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.
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 crown-less 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.
The ’S’ in ‘Type 1S’ refers to the brushed silver dial, which gives the watch a luxurious feel. The orbital display shows hours and minutes on convex discs, as well as the day of the week (with weekends shown). The embedded indicators are blackened for contrast.
With two highly-domed, sapphire crystals covering both sides of the watch, the Type 1 has an almost pebble-like appearance, clearly influenced by current industrial design trends. The polished, grade 5 titanium case measures 42 mm, yet wears smaller than expected, due to the absence of the external case seen in traditional watchmaking. The watch also goes without a crown, with the wearer instead interacting with the domed, sapphire case-back to wind the movement and set the time.
The watch is split into two modules; a lower-half comprised of a customised self-winding ETA 2824/2 ébauche, and a display module, or ROCS (Ressence Orbital Convex System). Composed of 107 parts, 27 gears and 40 jewels, the gears in the ROCS calculates the hours, seconds and day, taking only the minute as a reference from the movement. In the Type 1, there's a mechanical link between the movement and the ROCS display.
This Type 1S remains in excellent condition and comes with it's original box, papers, product literature and a grey Ressence strap.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment only.
automatic ETA 2824/2 base with modified with in-house ROCS display module
day, hours, minutes, seconds
brushed silver dial, regulator display, winding case back
42 mm x 11.5 mm grade 5 titanium
domed sapphire front and back
Ressence strap and original deployant titanium buckle
Box & papers:
box, papers, product literature, purchase receipt
This Ressence Type 1S is in excellent condition was purchased via London retailer Marcus, in 2015. It comes with it's original box, papers, product literature and purchase receipt from Marcus. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.
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All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough, non-invasive mechanical inspections and have been serviced, if appropriate, to ensure that they meet our highest standards of timekeeping and functionality.
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