The History

The world of luxury watches is – how to put it? – somewhat traditional. Which is why it was so refreshing when Ressence came along in 2010. The brainchild of Antwerp-based industrial designer Mr Benoît Mintiens, the brand takes an idiosyncratic approach to the craft of watchmaking, combining Swiss-made calibres with unmatched innovation. Its most daring move has been to reinvent the traditional watch dial completely, with a design that shows the time via three continually rotating sub-dials that circle around each other like a miniature planetary system. But its disruptive, endlessly creative approach goes further than that, venturing into experiments with submerged dials and electronic hybridisation.

Collections

All Ressence watches are based on Swiss-made ETA movements and feature the brand's distinctive orbital dial construct. Shy and retiring they are not, but when a watch looks this good, who cares?

Type 1

If you could call any Ressence watch “classic”, this would be it. The Type 1 is the most simple and pared-back expression of Mr Mintiens’ design philosophy, available in an appealingly wide range of materials and strap options, as well as a version with a squared-off case.

Type 5

Ressence’s first diving watch, launched in 2015, incorporates the oil-filled display of its forebear, the Type 3, making it the only such piece to be readable from any angle, even underwater. It looks rather cool on dry land, too.

Stories

Ressence is a welcome anomaly in the world of luxury watches. Here’s why.

The Man From Antwerp

Ressence is the brainchild of one particularly clever Belgian, Mr Benoît Mintiens, who until recently was still working as an industrial-design gun for hire out of his studio in Antwerp. Before his ingenious orbiting-dial concept forged an instant cult following among watch nerds and fellow design buffs, Mr Mintiens had just finished working on the new generation of France's Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) as well as a new, unobtrusive electricity pylon for the Belgian countryside.

Innovations

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How the outsider watch brand became the insider’s favourite. Plus: a first look at our exclusive, limited-edition designs.

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