Type 1 / Ressence

At this year’s Baselworld, Ressence (a neologism combining the words Renaissance and essence) introduced the Type 1, which is built on a similar oil-based system as the Type 3, but is even more imaginative. Curvaceous and poetic, the device delivers maximum legibility with orbiting discs that act as hands-free subdials. Its case and lugs have been machined from a single titanium block. Within, Benoît Mintiens’ patented system contains an independent module comprising 18 gears and 28 jewels, with a total of 208 components altogether. With this particular model, a curved nickel silver dial integrates three biaxial satellites along with a crown-free winding and time setting system — via Cool Hunting

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