Ressence

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - SIHH 2017 - TEXT BY MELISSA LIM

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.

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