The New Ressence Type 3 Wristwatch

Updating the complications within the visually striking masterpiece

It’s been two years since Benoît Mintiens, founder and designer at Ressence, shook up the watch world with his debut of the Type 3. This crown-free timepiece has a distinct visual identity unlike any other watch—and it’s due to a crystal dome that emphasizes 35.2 ml of refractive oil within. The visible components are in fact suspended in oil. (There is a titanium divider that …

Charged: Ressence Watches

The brand's visionary founder discusses reimagining the mechanics of watchmaking

The world took note when Benoît Mintiens, founder of the Antwerp-based Ressence watches, released the Type 3 watch at Baselworld in 2013. The industrial designer had constructed a watch like no other; the watch face appears to dance across its crystal surface. At first glance, the innovative crown-free timepiece appears to be digital, yet it’s entirely mechanical, with an automatic movement. The stakes in the …

Ressence Type 3 Watch

The crown-free wonder from Benoît Mintiens overhauls horological user experience

Benoît Mintiens—founder and designer of Ressence—released today the Type 3. Yet another reason to get excited for Baselworld, we’re blown away by the visual appeal and remarkable mechanics that Mintiens and team have given to the growing community of craft watchmaking. Ressence balances Dieter Rams level aesthetic simplicity with Max Büsser inspired genius in engineering to deliver watches that are simultaneously crisp and whimsical. On …