Ressence Type 1H Limited Edition Wristwatch for Hodinkee

A skeletonized German silver dial exposes the inner-workings of a piece bearing uncommon innovation

One of the most respected voices within the horological community, the team at Hodinkee‘s expertise continues to extend beyond editorial taste. Their latest limited edition collaboration, the Type 1H, sees a partnership with one of Switzerland’s most transfixing brands, Ressence. We at CH have fawned over mastermind Benoît Mintiens’ pieces for years, particularly admiring his use of a distinct domed crystal and refractive liquid in …

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 …