WOTY 2012: Innovation – Ressence Series One 1002

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Earlier this year WatchPro unveiled its Watches of the Year 2012 – the 10 winning timepieces and 90 highly commended watches that we felt boasted commercial appeal, innovation and had wowed consumers and retailers alike over the past 12 months.

Now we are showcasing a watch a day that made the cut in 2012 and today we’re celebrating the sharp design of the Ressence Series One, a watch we first spotted at BaselWorld.

Highly Commended Innovative Watch of the Year – Ressence Series One Type 1002

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Ressence timepieces tell the time in a playful way, with four elements that rotate on an axis. Interestingly Ressence’s founder Benoît Mintiens is not a watchmaker but he was able to envisage a new concept of telling the time, making the prototypes of the SeriesOne with his own hands.

The hours, minutes, seconds and an AM/PM pane are all part of a single rotating dial, flush mounted and revolving around a single axis that utilises 17 gear wheels.

Naturally for such a lithe timepiece the need for lightweight aluminium and titanium components was a must and, despite being Swiss-made, Ressence doesn’t stamp it anywhere and opts for a closed caseback to ensure that the focus stays on the design.

 

 

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