"Built on the expertise of yesterday, crafted with today's technology, our watches are designed for tomorrow"
OUR LOGO, AN OUTSTRETCHED HAND
A Ressence is meant to be your accomplice; it is a part of you, it blends with you. The hand is also a gentle nod to our home city, the historic international port of Antwerp.
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.
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.
DESIGNED IN BELGIUM, MADE IN SWITZERLAND
We design and engineer our watches in Antwerp, Belgium. The first thing we ask is what do people need? Functionality is key. Next we start questioning the user experience. We aim to awaken senses and provoke wonder.
Then we begin manufacturing around our ideas. We innovate, we create. It requires time and commitment. We produce and assemble our watches in Fleurier, Switzerland.
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.
BEYOND A BRAND
Founded in 2010, Ressence is a unique horological start-upcreating 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.