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Built on the expertise of yesterday, crafted with today’s technology, our watches are designed for tomorrow.

All RESSENCE share the same inimitable DNA. Their sub-dials continually revolve, as does the main disc into which they are set - like moons in orbit around a planet.

This means that our watch's uncluttered dial is ever-changing - as is everything in Time.

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Beyond Hands

RESSENCE’s starting point is the deconstruction of the traditional watch in order to express Time in the purest possible way. Our original concept, summed up by our motto #BEYONDHANDS, is to replace the conventional horological hands with rotating discs for an intuitive reading of the Time.

Beyond Industrial Design

 

Benoît Mintiens, our founder and creative mind, is an industrial designer who already had a portfolio of designs to his credit - high-speed trains, aircraft cabins, medical devices, leather goods and even hunting guns before he ever designed a watch.

His approach to fine-watchmaking is entirely fresh and undeniably contemporary.

The mind-set of an industrial designer like Benoît is to adopt a methodology that guarantees a holistic approach considering the end user as the ultimate evaluation criterion.

At RESSENCE, the user is at the core of what we do. Mechanical fine-watchmaking is the vector to express our concept as we design our watches from the exterior to the interior.

Beyond Fine-Watchmaking

To realise the innovative ideas behind a RESSENCE watch requires a superlative attention to detail and craftsmanship. We work with a dedicated atelier in Switzerland - the benchmark of excellence - to produce our watches.

Excellence is an imperative as a RESSENCE is the result of years of research and development. Nearly all of the components that go to make one of our watches, from the tiniest of cogs to the most complex 3D shaped bridges, are indeed custom-made for us.

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Small wonder then that quality control is also of paramount importance. Each completed RESSENCE watch undergoes testing in our headquarters to our own R500H accreditation standards - this implies 500 hours of close examination across six stringent criteria.

These ensure the robust build, smooth running and long life of each individual watch.

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Beyond A Brand

 

Founded in 2010, RESSENCE is a unique horological start-up creating innovative mechanical fine-watches.

We represent an independent way of thinking about fine watchmaking - no less expertly hand-crafted, but with an industrial design philosophy that seeks to be progressive with a clear, graphic aesthetic that is decidedly 21st century.

OUR MILESTONES

2010

Benoît introduces three functional prototypes at Baselworld. Our new concept receives ecstatic reviews.

2011

The ZERO SERIES, a limited run of 50 pieces, is launched to meet the demand of connoisseurs around the globe. It sells out.

2012

We introduce the SERIES ONE, a 150 piece edition based on the ZERO SERIES.

2013

The TYPE 3, the first ever oil-filled mechanical watch takes the watch industry by surprise. It is applauded as one of the most innovative watches of the year.

2014

We release the TYPE 1, our most stripped back watch to date.

2015

TYPE 5, the first mechanical diver watch to be perfectly readable underwater regardless of the viewing angle, is launched.

2016

The Cultural Council of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie certifies that RESSENCE meets Haute Horlogerie standards of excellence, the techniques of watchmaking in symbiosis with the applied arts.

OUR AWARDS

Thanks to our freedom to think differently, we have already reached some international recognition.

  • 2013

    Horological Revelation

  • 2014

    Best Design & Concept

  • 2014-15

    Design Star

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US

  • Hodinkee.com

    "This year at BaselWorld, we had four contributors running all over the show covering everyone from Eberhard to Omega to HYT to Patek. There was but one single appointment where each member of HODINKEE team made sure to be there to see the latest pieces – that appointment was with RESSENCE."

    Hodinkee.com - April 2014

  • PlazaWatch No25

    "It’s only five years old. It’s Belgian. And there’s no watchmaker, not even a businessman, at the helm. And yet RESSENCE, founded by industrial designer Benoît Mintiens, may just be the most important thing in watches right now."

    PlazaWatch No25 - January 2015

  • WtheJournal.com

    "RESSENCE respects the first fundamental rule everyone should bear in mind when looking to conquer the watch market: what can I offer that doesn’t already exist? Often, when we ask the newcomers who approach us this question, the conversation ends there as they are unable to provide an answer. In the case of RESSENCE, the answer is blindingly obvious as the products speak for themselves."

    WtheJournal.com - April 2015

  • Bloomberg.com

    "It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Belgian watchmaker RESSENCE and its dedication to slick engineering and creativity, evident in signature nested dials. It’s one of the few modern brands doing something truly innovative and unique with horology -something that could never have been done in the past."

    Bloomberg.com - June 2015

  • Wired Time

    "Liquids and magnetism don’t usually make for a successful timepiece – but the RESSENCE TYPE 5 takes full advantage of their unique abilities"

    Read the full story here.

    Wired Time - August 2016