When Ressence started in 2010, the manufacture had a clear purpose in mind: to improve the function of the mechanical watch in the 21st century context. After refining legibility, daily wearability and overall intuitiveness, Ressence’s next pursuit is dedicated to being more conscious of the passage of time. As we should all be, every one of us.
The purposeful ambition, to make better use of our time by focusing on our relation to it, starts with the new Type 1 Slim X. This watch is once more inventive and highly creative but also a limited-edition piece, marking the 10th anniversary of Ressence.
For all of us, time is an asset and every day, every one of us gets 24 hours. No more, no less, no exceptions. And still time seems to slip through our hands while we’re busy, moving fast, being over-connected consumers. Our activities seem to have become more and more meaningless and passive. As mentioned, Ressence is dedicated to change our relation to time – the one we have, how we chose to handle and even waste it. So that we can begin again to spend it more consciously, making every minute count.
The Type 1 Slim X is part of the new Collection X. This series marks the first 10 years while Ressence created a dedicated symbol for the collection that is the fusion of an X (ten in Latin) and an hourglass. The hourglass is devoted to make the wearer of the watch more aware of the time that is passing and like every watch in the new collection, the Type 1 Slim X is wearing it on its hour disc. Each of the four watches of the line is limited to 40 pieces and shares the main dark olive-green colour.
Ressence is convinced, that objects primarily designed as tools – such as watches – have to evolve with their time. Featuring the emblematic Ressence ever-changing dial, the Type 1 Slim X’s discs have been given a subtle, but focused makeover. Hand-made of course.
The new design is strictly driven by functionality. It all starts with the Ressence Orbital Convex System ROCS, the in-house developed (and patented) horological unit, which features discs that continually obit around one another. On the Type 1 Slim X, when the watch indicates midnight or midday, the dial is equally divided into two separate finishes; matte on one half and circular on the other half. In a playful way, the different finishes reinterpret the colour as the light hits the surface.
On the minute and the hour discs, the two finishes are a graphical extension of the hands. Once in motion, magic takes on a new meaning. The passage of time can be observed at a glance, a modern and wearable interpretation of an hourglass.
Of course, Ressence has the watch also designed with an organic form – tactile curves and domed sapphire glass are extending to the very edge of the case, making the Type 1 Slim X more sapphire than metal. The watch has no crown, since the winding and setting mechanism are worked into the case back. This makes for better ergonomics, also allowing a perfect left-right fit.
The case is made from titanium and measures 42 mm in diameter. It is only water-resistant up to 1 atm, so do not wear this watch to activities where it can get wet.
We mentioned it earlier, but let’s get back to the ROCS 1 for a minute, the movement that powers this watch. The automatic calibre works with 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides a power-reserve of approximately 36 hours.
Intuitive in viewing and motion, understated in its aesthetics, the Ressence Type 1 Slim X is a playful and relevant companion. It is completed by a olive green calfskin strap, complementing the dial very nicely.