Just a day after Girard Perregaux announced a pair of all-green watches with Aston Martin, it’s now the turn of Ressence to reveal a sage green version of its Type 8.
Ressence is one of the most interesting and best watchmakers around, thanks to their minimalist design and unique orbital system that sees the hour and minute hands each assigned their own dial, with the former rotating around the face of the latter.
Throw a steeply domed sapphire crystal over a seamless dial, and you have one of the most eye-catching watches on the market today.
And now there’s a new colour to get excited about, with the original cobalt blue option being joined by a sage green timepiece. Sat on an equally new grey leather strap with titanium buckle, the watch has a metallic pale green dial that Ressence says “instils a sense of optimism and serenity”.
To our eyes, it’s a pretty but fairly subdued colour. But as much as we love the many, many takes on greenish ‘Tiffany Blue’ used by watchmakers at the moment, we admire Ressence for going its own way with a paler and more subtle hue.
The watch is otherwise the same as the blue version of Type 8. This means a crownless, 42.9mm titanium case with sapphire crystal, 10 metres of splash resistance and a self-winding mechanical movement with 31 jewels and 36 hours of power reserve. The case doesn’t have a crown, and instead the watch is wound and adjusted via a rotating case back.
What makes the Ressence Type 8 extraordinary is how the entire dial rotates once per hour and functions as the minute hand. The subdial rotates on its own axis, while also being carried around the circumference of the watch face by the rotating minute dial.
It’s a complex yet captivating movement that is unlike anything else, and for us, it goes some way towards justifying the CHF 12,500 (approximately £11,200) price tag carried by both colour options.