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Type 1DXB

Ressence, the watch company that keeps challenging the status quo of mechanical watchmaking, in close collaboration with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the UAE’s leading retailer of luxury watches and jewellery, is excited to announce the release of the Type 1 DXB – a limited edition of the Type 1 Squared.

Limited to 19 pieces, Type 1DXB draws inspiration from Arabic geometric patterns, believed to unveil the underlying reality to the viewer. This traditional design composes with natural light and creates unique shadow play. It is an Arabic take on skeleton dials.

The watch remains 100% faithful to the functions and movement of its parent, the Type 1 Squared. It differs distinctly from the collection both in its design and in its material though. Unlike the other Type 1 Squared the case is not made of stainless steel. Its case is in polished Grade 5 titanium, with a satin finish back.

The Ressence Orbital Convex System (ROCS), unique in-house (and patented) module featuring ever-changing discs that continually orbits around one another, benefits from another design but also a different surface treatment. The 9 components that make up the dial are finished in sand color PVD (physical vapor deposition). The hands and indexes are white and filled with Superluminova punctuating a decidedly traditional but fresh look. Ressence’s “less is more” philosophy, which enables it to produce state-of-the-art but always revolutionary watches, is pushed to the limit.

Type 1DXB

The Type 1DXB 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 authentic design, the origin of the Type 1DXB is that of a successful partnership between Ressence and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. It celebrates Dubai Watch Week 2019. “We are extremely honored to collaborate with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons on this rather unique project. They have pioneered in promoting independent brands in their region and I see this piece as a thank you for all their efforts.” Says Benoît Mintiens.

Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Chief Commercial Officer of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons commented: “This collaboration with Ressence is the first and hopefully not the last; for Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons to partner with Ressence sets a benchmark in terms of what can be achieved through collaboration and shows the support we give to the watch industry. The design concept was worked on closely with Benoit to achieve a masterpiece and we are very proud of it”.

Ressence is unique in its ethos of making mechanical watches its own. The Type 1 DXB is a testament to this pursuit and a result of creating a 21st century product that mixes authenticity and tradition.

During this year’s SIHH 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, we had the great honour to be able to interview Benoît Mintiens, Founder of Ressence. Mr. Mintiens took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about this year’s novelties for the SIHH 2019.

Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher

The Founder of Ressence, Benoit Mintiens, granted us an exclusive interview during the SIHH 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Born in Belgium, Benoît Mintiens, our founder and creative mind, dreamed as a child to be a naval engineer but decided on a career as an industrial designer. He graduated in Industrial Design in Antwerp in 1998 and took up the position of Senior Consultant at Antwerp design firm Enthoven & Associates.

While he was working there, he also gained his MBA at Vlerick Business School in 2003. He had a portfolio of designs to his credit – high-speed trains, aircraft cabins, medical devices, leather goods and even hunting guns before he ever designed a watch. Benoît had always been attracted to the idea of creating a new kind of watch. Around 2004, a friend presented him with an opportunity to do just that when he asked him to create an original design for a men’s watch featuring as many diamonds as possible.

Benoît chose to use diamonds for their functional attributes and in particular their refractive qualities. But while he was working on a prototype, another brand launched a model based on a similar idea to his own, and Benoît’s design was put on hold. His appetite for watch design had been whetted and in 2009 Benoît finished designing his first watch, which included RESSENCE’s now iconic patented rotating discs. Benoît’s approach to fine-watchmaking is entirely fresh and undeniably contemporary.

RESSENCE: https://ressencewatches.com/
Interviewed by Alberic Virchaux

The new experience of Time – more intuitive, more functional, more playful, purer.

The dial is often referred to as “the face of the watch”. RESSENCE has made this image a reality with a unique horological complication that at every moment visually expresses the course of time.

Philosophy

RESSENCE, an acronym serving as a maxim establishing the brand’s mission statement: the Renaissance of the Essential, a return to the primary source when astronomers scrutinized the movement of the stars to unravel the mysteries of time.

In conceiving his first horological creation, industrial designer Benoît Mintiens considered what it might look like if the mechanical watch was a 21st century invention based on today’s cognitive technologies and sciences. In response he opted for a holistic approach, placing the end user at the heart of his work. He becomes the ultimate criterion for evaluating an approach designed to express the course of time in the most intuitive way possible with an ergonomic focus at the service of the function.

Concept

The vector is Haute Horlogerie which like a Red Line crosses five centuries of history. However, RESSENCE reverses the traditional mode of thought. RESSENCE watches are designed from the outside to the inside. Although strikingly innovative, the technologies implemented are relegated behind the scenes. What is more important is the user experience on looking at a watch that seems to project the temporal indications onto the glass. Its mono-surface dial is composed of discs and rings adjusted to the micron.

Exit the physical hands. They are replaced by graphical lines in order to reproduce the angles through which we are accustomed to reading the time. All RESSENCE watches share the same inimitable DNA. The main dial, as well as the auxiliary dials, revolve continuously, behaving like moons around a planet. This means that the face of the watch changes continuously – which is the essence of Time.

Quality and excellence are imperative for the success of this approach.

A RESSENCE watch is the result of years of research and development. Each watch is subjected to an internal certification procedure (R500H) – 500 hours of rigorous examinations and tests applying 6 crucial criteria.

Thanks to its freedom to think differently, RESSENCE has already gained international recognition. Awards include: Horological Revelation Award at the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) and Design Star at the Watchstars Awards 2015. In 2016, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) certified RESSENCE as one of the 64 brands in the world belonging within the perimeter of Haute Horlogerie.

Shock Absorber

The magnetic transmission from the base movement to the ROCS ensures that in the event of a significant lateral shock, the micro magnets located on either side of the membrane can momentarily decouple. To compensate for this phenomenon, on its TYPE 5, RESSENCE has introduced a hydraulic shock absorber. It is a small disk that is an integral part of the ROCS 5 the underside of which has blades. Equipped with a gear ratio 1/40, it starts to turn very quickly in the event of a shock and acts like a turbine. The oil is sucked in and can only escape by the microscopic space left between the discs. The whole ROCS is then slowed, which prevents it from being disconnected from the base movement. The shock absorber is manifested visually by the rapid rotation of the runner disc integrated in the dial.

Without any real consequence in normal use, a brief decoupling of the mechanism is not conceivable on a diving watch for the obvious safety reason of the need to indicate to the wearer the precise duration of the time spent under water.