A furtive collaboration with Laurent Picciotto of Chronopassion
Ressence, the watch company that keeps challenging the status quo of mechanical watchmaking, in collaboration with Chronopassion, the craziest watch retailer in the world, is excited to announce the release of the Type 1 ZZ – a very limited and very black edition of Type 1 Slim.
Manufactured in only 20 pieces, Type 1 ZZ discretely pays homage to the famous Texan rock band which Laurent Picciotto is an absolute fan of. ZZ for music, but mainly for “zwart zwart” which means in Flemish language “black black”. Ressence is a Belgian brand whose studio is based in Flanders, in Antwerp more precisely.
The watch remains 100% faithful to the functions and movement of its elder, the Type 1 Slim but with a stealthy aesthetic because mainly black. Ressence’s “less is more” philosophy, which enables it to produce contemporary but always timeless watches, is here pushed to the limit. The case has a matt black DLC (diamond-like-carbon) treatment that accentuates the impression that the dial and case are one. The Ressence Orbital Convex System (ROCS), unique in-house (and patented) module featuring ever-changing discs that continually orbit around one another, also benefits from a different surface treatment. The 9 components that make up the dial are finished in matt dark grey PVD (physical vapor deposition). The hands are finally black polished steel punctuating a decidedly monochrome and avant-garde look.
The Type 1 ZZ is manually set via a lever on its case back. The watch has no crown, the winding and setting mechanism being the case-back itself, for better ergonomics and allowing a left-right fit.
Beyond a refined and subtle design, the origin of Type 1 ZZ is that of a meeting and a friendship of almost ten years. It links Benoît Mintiens, founder of the Ressence brand, to Laurent Picciotto, founder of Chronopassion. “We would not be where we are today without our first partners. Those who trusted us from the beginning of the adventure. Laurent, along a few others, has opened the road and I will be eternally grateful to him.” Says Benoît Mintiens. “Ressence is one of the rare horological successes of the last decade. I remember very well my first interview with Benoît and his watches. I was stuck. You have to be a little rock and roll in the soul to create a brand of Haute Horlogerie without being from this industry. ” Laurent emphasizes.
Ressence’s pursuit to improve the mechanical watch is uniquely its own and the new Type 1 ZZ is a perfect example of the brand’s determination to build 21st century products mixing authenticity and exclusivity.