It’s ironic how a dial is meant to be the star, the selling point of a timepiece, and it’s fascinating to see just how each brand chooses to express their values and personality through that element. The approach taken at Ressence is one of polar opposites; it claims to design watches from the outside in, which only makes sense once you see them; they move in a curious way. The Type 1 Squared is a dressier version of the original Type 1, and bears a new cushion shape and for the first time, in stainless steel. A series of discs dial side swivel to tell the time and day of week, but aren’t submerged in any fluid like the Type 3 or Type 5 watches. A domed sapphire crystal and anti-reflective coating on both sides offers optimal readability and the piece runs on the ETA - 2824/2 self-winding movement, chosen for its impressive levels of torque needed to keep the discs in orbit.