Watches and Wonders 2023: The Allure of Soft Colors

Eight watches with quietly soothing ornamentation

To attend an esteemed timepiece extravaganza like Watches and Wonders in Geneva is to have an opportunity to become enmeshed in the world of fine watchmaking, to study the industry’s movements and to draw intriguing connections—between disparate brands—that represent something bigger (and perhaps even societal). For 2023’s milestone iteration, exhibitors debuted show-stopping chronographs, unveiled imaginative and playful wristwatches and embraced the allure of soft color beyond the …

Designer Alain Silberstein + Ressence Collaborate on “Carpe Diem” Type 1 REV Wristwatch

An artistic automatic timepiece exclusive to independent watchmaker platform Grail Watches

Few wristwatches can boast the technical and artistic merit of the limited edition Carpe Diem Ressence Type 1 REV, also known as the Grail Watch 1 because it was launched by Revolution founder Wei Koh’s Grail Watch, a new platform for unique, collaborative and substantive releases from independent or artisan-backed brands. Anyone familiar with the wonders of Ressence will recognize that the basis of this colorful, geometric release is …

Bênoit Mintiens, Founder of Ressence Watches, on The New Type 2

Neither a smartwatch nor an automatic one, but a hybrid mechanical piece that sets itself with two taps

Despite its name, Ressence‘s new Type 2 watch is an evolution of many of their other watches (which include a Type 1, 5 and the 3, a mechanical watch with the brand’s signature orb-like appearance but set in oil). The Bênoit Mintiens-led brand teased the Type 2 Concept last year, but the official production-ready piece is arriving now—smart crown technology included. It isn’t a smartwatch; …