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More intuitive, more functional, more playful, more pure.
While remaining faithful to the DNA of RESSENCE, the TYPE 1² differs distinctly from the rest of the collection in its design. Born from the intersection of 6 spheres, it has a cushion shape case. It also distinguished itself by its integrated lugs and an user-friendly interchangeable bracelet system inherited from the TYPE 3.
The case of the TYPE 1² is thinner due to the absence of the sapphire case back acting as a crown. Instead, there is a small retractable lever, the handling of which adds a new visual and physical effect. When setting the time, the rotation of the lever corresponds exactly to the movement of the discs on the dial in a ratio of 1 to 1. An up-to-date reminder of the key once used to wind clocks, watches and mechanical toys.
Our 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.
Unlike the other RESSENCE watches, the TYPE 1² is not made of Grade 5 Titanium. Its case is in polished 316 L stainless steel, with a satin finish back. Thinner and smaller, our new Dress Watch plays the mix with proposals of exclusive straps for both men and women.
  • CODE : R.O.C.S
The patented ROCS 1 is driven by the minute axle of a customized self-winding 2824/2 base calibre. Our "Ressence Orbital Convex System" is a state of the art horological complication module composed of 107 parts including the main and sub discs. The result is a 3 dimensional dial entirely in motion and ever changing.

Technical specifications

- 316L Stainless Steel
- Domed sapphire crystal top with anti-reflective coating inside
- 41mm (diameter) x 11,5mm (thickness)
- 1 ATM water-resistance
- Convex German silver dial (125mm radius) with 3 eccentric biaxial satellites inclined at 3° (hours) and 4.75° (seconds and day of the week)
- Engraved indications filled with Superluminova
- Hours & Minutes
- Small seconds
- Day of the week
- Patented ROCS 1.3 - Ressence Orbital Convex System - module driven by the minute axle of a customised 2824/2 base calibre        
- Caseback winding and day/time setting 
- Self-winding
- 36 hours power reserve
- 28,800 vibrations per hour
- 40 jewels
- 27 gears
- Ardillon Buckle
- Blue Cordovan leather (20/20mm)

Who's who

Benoît Mintiens, founder of Ressence, is neither a watchmaker, nor Swiss, but in fact a Belgian designer. Is that where his appeal lay for Laurent Picciotto ?
Well, yes – and no. “Of course, he doesn’t exactly have a run-of-the-mill profile for this line of business,” admits the boss of Chronopassion. “I think the main point of attraction for me was the way in which the watch told the time” – a set of rotating disks, without hands, flush with the dial and in constant motion.
Ressence – a contraction of “Renaissance de l’Essentiel” – is indeed a renaissance of all that is essential. The watch is based on a tried and tested movement, adding a fun and original feature in the way it displays the time. There are none of the usual ostentatious design features that scream “Swiss made” or “limited edition”, or any huge brand logo across the dial – that’s not the Ressence way. Even the brand name is to be found only on the underside of the casing. The approach is simple and minimalist, giving pride of place to the very essence of the object – telling the time.
Was Laurent Picciotto won over right from the outset? Yes, but with a certain degree of caution nonetheless: “You come across a lot of brands at Basel one year only to find they have disappeared the next. I took Ressence’s first design to test out its approach, then waited for the next one. I found it to be a serious brand that was single-minded and very attentive.”
Today, Ressence is very much at home at the Rue Saint Honoré shop. Although it has a loyal following,  Laurent Picciotto stops short of putting Ressence fans into a precise category: “There are many different types of customer. As a whole, Ressence appeals to people who have already been into watches for some time, looking for an unusual timepiece to add a new twist to a well-established collection. Then again you get the occasional mum wanting a Ressence as a gift for one of their children!”
Following on from these encouraging beginnings, Laurent Picciotto is naturally – spontaneously, almost inevitably – looking to the future. When asked if he has any idea of what lies ahead for the brand, he responds with a smile which brooks no doubt. Could he possibly say a word – just one – to give connoisseurs a hint of what might be in store? He duly lets slip a single word: “Devastating.” And then his lips are sealed – at least for the time being.
Make no mistake, the winds of change in watchmaking may well be blowing… from Belgium. 
Journalist : Olivier Müller
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