The Type 1 is Ressence’s classic design. The general aesthetic of the Type 1 is pretty similar to the other watches in their collection, just at a much more approachable price point. The white dial and orange hands on this particular watch are a fantastic combo…simple with just a dash of color.
The user experience is at the heart of the brand. Every part of the watch is seemingly designed with the thought, “what would be best for the user.” The watch doesn’t have traditional crown, so you avoid having the crown dig into your wrist. Instead the watch is set and wound using the case back. The watch has an organic-shaped case made of titanium with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal to give it wearability, lightness, and legibility.
The signature design of Ressence watches is their lack of hands…well, traditional hands at least. The hands are on disks, and those disks rotate around, just as hands do, while also simultaneously orbiting around the dial. It’s hard to describe, so watching it in action is probably the best way to understand it:
It may seem a bit quirky, but once you understand it, it becomes quick and easy to read, and it’s a fun way to tell the time. It’s actually a regulator layout if you think about it, so it has functional benefits too.
I think most people see a Ressence watch and find it indescribably appealing. They can’t quite put their finger on why, but they know they like it. Check this watch out for yourself…when you see it in person, you will be hooked!
Ressence Type 1W
Case: Titanium, 42mm
Movement: Modified ETA 2824/2
Condition: Watch is in very good condition
Includes: See photos for details.
Ressence was founded in 2010 by Benoît Mintiens, who is an industrial designer not a watchmaker. Prior to starting Ressence, he had worked on things as varied as aircraft cabins, medical devices, leather goods, hunting guns, and even high-speed trains. As you might expect from an industrial designer, the watches are designed around a great user experience, and that is reflected in their appeal.