A Closer Look at the Ressence Type 1 V Genesis, and 5 Years of Innovative Watchmaking

Ressence Type 1 V Genesis - Perpetuelle

This limited edition of just five pieces celebrates the fifth year of existence of Ressence, a innovative watch company that resides far from the Swiss cantons that generate most of the world’s great watches today.   It’s not secret that I’m a big fan of Ressence, and I think that this would be a very special watch to own not only for its attractiveness and ingenuity, but for what it symbolizes.  Founded and operated by industrial designer Benoit Mintiens, Ressence has truly reimagined what a watch is and how time can be displayed on it.  In just five short years, Ressence and its Type I and Type 3 models have made an amazing impact and won a lot of fans (Google’s Tony Fadell, for one).  Deservedly so, I would add.  The Type 1 and Type 3 each possess a distinct set of remarkable innovations that could, perhaps, come only from someone outside of the traditional Swiss watch industry.  As in, no hands, no crown, and yes, even a liquid filled watch where the movement is physically separated from the dial.

Thus the new Type 1 V Genesis, as the name implies, takes us back to Ressence’s first watch, though in a more raw, unrefined form.  Let’s take a closer look, below.

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A Look At Patek Philippe’s Super “London Limited Editions” for 2015

Patek Ladies 7200R-0110 time only and 7000R-011 minute repeater for London 2015 - Perpetuelle

The Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition in London recently brought to a close the Patek Philippe 175th anniversary celebrations which started on May 1st 2014.   As part of the celebration, Patek Philippe unveiled a collection of limited edition timepieces specifically for the Bond Street boutique which is, by the way, one of only three boutiques exclusively owned and operated by Patek Philippe (Geneva, London & Paris).   The London event incorporated the commemorative timepieces which were presented to the world last year in October (headlined by the $2.5 million Grandmaster Chime that we photographed at the NYC celebration and other superlative pieces like the Patek 5975 multiscale chronograph that we reviewed hands-on a few months ago), as well as an impressive range of “London limited editions” spanning the complication spectrum.  Most of these pieces are variants of existing models, distinguished only by an engraved “London 2015″ logo on the caseback; others, such as the enamel dials with London theme, are obviously special and very spectacular productions.

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Buying Time: Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Watches

Patek Philippe 5960P annual calendar hands on - Govberg - Perpetuelle

Welcome to “Buying Time”, a new series here on Perpetuelle.  Buying Time is created in collaboration with Govberg Jewelers, one of America’s preeminent watch and jewelry retailers and creator of the OnTime watch app.  It is a thematic selection of compelling pieces curated from Govberg’s prodigious inventory of pre-owned watches.  With so many great watches out there, it can be hard to sort through “what’s what” and what’s worth your hard earned dollars.  But as important as “what” to buy, perhaps, is “why.”  And that’s where Buying Time hopes to be of assistance.  With this weekly series, the goal is to not merely present a selection of watches for sale, but to put forth a set of watches that share a common thread, and to share a bit more depth and knowledge around each particular piece or theme.

Which brings me to today, and the inaugural Buying Time theme:  Patek Philippe annual calendar watches.  I have a put together a selection of Patek annual calendars to tempt you — but first, some background.

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Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Black and Blue Ceramic & Carbon Fiber for Bol D’Or Mirabaud

Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Black and Blue - ceramic and carbon fiber - Perpetuelle

For the third year running, Hublot is the Official Timekeeper for the Bol d’Or Mirabaud regatta which is held every summer on Lake Geneva.   As such, Hublot has created a Classic Fusion Chronograph with ceramic case and a dial and bezel in carbon fiber.  The strap further embodies the Hublot aesthetic — black carbon fiber sewn onto blue rubber.  The black and blue watch is limited edition of 77 numbered pieces, this being the 77th year of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud.  The two chronograph counters are in deep midnight blue, matching the color of the bezel and the strap stitching.

I am a fan of the Classic Fusion design and this one with its combination of black ceramic case and blue & black carbon fiber works for me.  A great example of the Hublot “fusion”.

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