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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 2010, the Zero Series was the first production watch by Ressence. Only 50 pieces were made, each with steel cases and large winding crowns. This particular example, is one of the most limited of the four variants of the Zero Series produced (1004), with only 9 pieces made.
The ’1004’ reference, refers to the grey aluminium discs, shown on the dial side. The orbital display shows hours and minutes on convex discs, while the sub-dials indicate the seconds and AM/PM. The embedded indicators are painted white for contrast. The Zero Series also displays double digits for the hour disc (01, 02), whereas later pieces use only single numerals (1, 2).
With two highly-domed, sapphire crystals covering both sides of the watch, the Zero Series is distinctively Ressence, exhibiting a pebble-like appearance clearly influenced by current industrial design trends. The steel case measures 42 mm and wears true to its size. The winding crown is unique to the Zero Series, signified by the orange colour within the crown itself, which is beautifully machined and complete with a safety mechanism, to prevent accidental time changes. The wire lugs, secured to the case by four screws, detach and separate for strap changes.
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). The sapphire caseback is secured by 6 screws, only visible in the Zero Series.
This Ressence Zero Series is the very first iteration of the brand’s novel and whimsical approach to mechanical design. With very few pieces made, it’s one of only a handful of examples, and serves as the reference point for all Ressence pieces.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment only.
Zero Series (1004)
automatic ETA 2824/2 base with modified with in-house ROCS display module
Ressence strap and original steel deployant buckle
Box & papers:
original nest box, outer box, letter from Ressence
This Ressence Zero Series is in excellent condition and was recently serviced by the brand. It comes with its original nest box and strap tool, as well as an accompanying letter from Ressence. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.
We stand by the quality of all of our pre-owned watches and mechanical objects. If something goes wrong, we’ll always strive to remedy the situation in a timely manner and to the best of our ability. The satisfaction and trust of our clients is of the highest importance, to everyone at A Collected Man.
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.
Our pre-owned watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by either a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. This excludes any damage sustained due to improper use or accident. Due to their age, some pre-owned watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when new.
Any of our pre-owned watches which have been serviced by their respective manufacturer, will carry the manufacturer’s servicing guarantee. This is separate and supersedes, the standard warranty offered by A Collected Man. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. You can write to us directly at email@example.com, for further clarification.
A Collected Man is also an authorised retailer for a number of watchmaking brands. These watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer.
We offer complimentary worldwide delivery on our watches. If ordering from overseas, delivery will depend on the value of the timepiece and the destination. All import taxes and duties are the responsibility of the buyer.
If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.
Please note that pre-owned goods (in the United Kingdom) are subject to a marginal rate of VAT, which can not be reclaimed. For further information, please seehere.