The Ressence Type 3 is a 42 millimeter black bulbous beauty that belongs on the wrist of the truly discerning horological admirer. Essentially what Benoit Mintiens (The founder) has done is hermetically seal a highly modified Swiss caliber (ETA 2824) so that the four hands seem to paint themselves on the similarly dome-shaped and naphtha filled sapphire crystal. The numbers and hands are magnified in a similar way that the old Magic 8 ball toy displayed its predictions in a magnified but almost ethereal way against the glass. The movement of the hands are accomplished through the titanium wall via magnets. This timepiece has a total of four hundred and seven components of which there are 28 gears and 57 jewels. The Ressence Type 3 looks like precision, physics and art just kind of fell out of Benoit’s wonderful brain. The equation goes something like this.
Science + Art = Stylistically Compelling Wonder
Belgian’s would immediately recognize Ressence’s logo as exemplifying the city of Antwerp but all ViceSpy can think of is the stick of butter and sugar that is Antwerpse Handjes. Antwerp’s name comes from a local legend of a Roman soldier named Silvius Brabo. Brabo was famed to have killed a giant named Druon Antigoon who was known to cut off and throw the hands in the river Scheldt from people who wanted to cross his bridge without paying. Antwerpen = Hand thrower.
The Ressence Type 3 exemplifies everything that ViceSpy admires in a watch. At first sight this watch fills our hearts with a mixture of lust and envy.
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