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.