Ressence reveals winner of design competition for Covid charity watch


Ressence has revealed a unique watch, designed by a member of the public, that will be auctioned by Sotheby’s to raise money for a Covid-19 research programme.

The watch was created after a design competition that attracted 466 entries from people all over the world including children, professional watchmakers and enthusiasts.


It was won by a pastel blue design by Raymond Ramsden, a 58-year old father of two from Yorkshire.

The watch is now being produced by Ressence’s manufacture in Switzerland, before it goes to auction in Sotheby’s Hong Kong Important Watches sale on 11 July.

Proceeds from the sale will support the Covid-19 Research Programme being run by KU Leuven University in Belgium.

Letting our community have the final say and be part of our project felt like the right thing to do. During the selection process, we discussed the feasibility of the designs with our Swiss manufacturers. We also wanted to create a genuine one-off, so we opted for entries that were far from our own artistic direction. And most importantly, we chose optimistic approaches which would bring a message of hope in the current difficult times,” says Ressence founder and CEO Benoît Mintiens.


Mr Ramsden’s drawing and the finished watch, below.

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