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The Next Hour Neuchâtel
Fbg de l’Hôpital 78
2000 Neuchâtel


Combining the words renaissance and essence, Ressence was founded in Belgium by Benôit Mintiens in 2010. The concept offered a new way of reading the time that functions without the use of traditional hands. Small turning subdials, that rotate at different speeds, are set on the same plane as the main dial/disc that rotates once an hour, like moons in orbit around a planet.

Each timepiece is powered by one of the brand’s mechanical in-house movements. The TYPE 3 and TYPE 5 models have an upper disc that is filled with 35 ml of oil, which looks like a high-definition screen.

Five interesting facts about Ressence

  • The Ressence Type 3 was awarded the Horological Revelation Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2013.
  • The Ressence Type 5 model is the first mechanical timepiece that is easily readable underwater regardless of the viewing angle.
  • In 2016, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, the watchmaking authority on everything related to fine watchmaking, certified that Ressence meets the highest standards of watchmaking excellence.
  • In 2018, Ressence unveiled its e-crown technology, making it the first self-setting mechanical timepiece that can automatically set and adjust to the right time.
  • Famous people spotted wearing Ressence include James Murdoch and Nest Labs Founder & CEO Tony Fadell.

Brand ID Card

Established: 2010
Company status: Independent company
Senior Management: Benoît Mintiens
Number of employees: 15
Flagship collections:
– Type 1
– Type 2
– Type 3
– Type 5
Bestseller: Type 3B
Retail prices in USD: From USD 20,600 to 49,500
Annual production: 350

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