Ressence is a surprising watch brand. It doesn’t come from Switzerland, Germany, or even the Netherlands, yet from Belgium. The watches don’t show time by methods for hands, however they show time through a very exceptional arrangement of planetary plates and the setting/winding system is incorporated in the caseback. Plainly, this youthful startup brand doesn’t need to do things in the customary manner, yet their own specific manner, so for their 5th anniversary you shouldn’t anticipate an overly exclusive and ultra-complicated limited version. All things being equal, the first of their manifestations comes in a prototype-like look and a crude completion, and that’s sort of cool! Here is the Ressence Type 1 V Genesis.
The idea is basic however conflicts with every previous thought you had from the extravagance universe of very good quality watchmaking. To make the Type 1 V Genesis, Ressence utilizes parts taken straightforwardly off the creation line, implying that once machined, no treatment or completing is applied or executed. Parts are left pretty much as crude as a machine would have made them. Don’t anticipate any beveling, cleaning, straight-grain brushing or decals. This watch is voluntary merciless and crude. Some would say it’s a Ressence in its most perfect articulation – the wish of the brand while making it – and some would say it lacks subtleties and wrapping up. The lone thing you’ll spot when taking a gander at this watch are some potential hints of machining.
The 42mm titanium instance of the Ressence Type 1 V Genesis for sure bears the characteristics of the processing cycle (done by a various hub processing machine). The case is taken off the machine once executed… and left as it. It implies that the flanks for instance – even assuming perfect and delicate – are not brushed or cleaned however left showing some careful machining scars. Same goes for the flawlessly coordinated carries: the intersection among them and the case additionally shows some imperfections.
The same idea is applied for the dial that comes in a minimalistic and crude plan, however this time with negligible wrapping up. The dial’s fundamental plate (that pivots once every 60 minutes) and the more modest circles are finished with a straightforward sandblasted surface that is then nickel silver plated. There’s no veneer, no applied or painted lists. There is no Super-Luminova on the lists and markings, which are engraved on the dial. Just the 4 ‘hands‘ are galvanized to acquire a difference with the dial’s fundamental plate and smaller discs.
Clearly, the outcome is impressive in light of the fact that while clarifying this task, you’d scarcely have the plan to wear such a piece of ‘raw horology’. The absence of finishing is generally a hindrance in the decision for a watch – and Ressence don’t come cheap. However, there is something appropriately attractive about the Genesis. This idea of a prototype-like watch coordinates consummately with the thought behind the brand: a moderate, unbalanced perspective. In addition to the fact that it gives the Type 1 a solid visual effect it seems like the entire idea of the brand ‘matured’ – such an unadulterated and untouched version for the first jubilee.
Technically, this Ressence Type 1 V Genesis stays like the other releases, which means an exceptionally modified ETA movement that drives the Ressence Orbital Convex System (ROCS) that deals with showing time and the day of the week by a protected planetary instrument – a system made up of 107 components, with the whole dial turning on itself, and each sub-dial making more modest revolutions to show the hours, minutes, seconds and day of the week – as we clarified in our review of the Ressence Type 1003 . Like the other versions, the Ressence Type 1 V Genesis has no crown however depends on its turning caseback – to set the time, the day of the week and to wind the movement.
The Genesis will be available in a very limited run of 5 pieces only, valued at 18.750 Euros (before charges). More subtleties on Ressence.eu (investigate the liveliness to see how this watch works).