agic results happen when two designers with a passion for fine watchmaking come together. Benoît Mintiens and Alain Silberstein have known each other since Ressence’s short history began. Their collaboration is, above all else, about a friendship between two men with a passion for watchmaking design and innovation - resulting in an exclusive watch.
Representing one half of this duo is Benoît Mintiens, the designer and founder of Ressence. With its focus firmly fixed on the future of fine watchmaking, this brand puts function and the user at the centre of its sleek and minimalist creations. Behind the apparent simplicity lay a wealth of innovative solutions that are integral to the Ressence brand - making it possible to express time in this remarkable and original way.
Benoît Mintiens is joined in this venture by Alain Silberstein, an architect in watchmaking who has developed a unique style in the watchmaking world since 1987 in which the structures of geometric shapes communicate mischievously with a rainbow of eye-catching colour and cutting-edge materials. His is an artistic, yet playful approach to fine watchmaking that is sometimes surprising but more often seductive.
Alain Silberstein wanted to create a watch that evokes the ephemeral nature of life and the fragility of material possessions, taking his inspiration from Philippe de Champaigne’s 1646 “Vanitas”. This watch encourages us to seize the joys of the moment with our family and friends.
When asked by Revolution – Grail Watch about the brand he envisioned for this collaboration, Alain Silberstein was quick to reply: “Ressence and Benoît Mintiens”. Only a Ressence watch with its unique discs and planetary movements could embody this equally unique interpretation of the passing of time. Seduced by Alain Silberstein’s creative project, Benoît Mintiens offers the 41.5 mm Ressence Type 1 Slim watch as the basis for the design.
Equipped with an automatic movement, it has 36 hours of power reserve. The rotation of this watch’s minute dial perfectly symbolises the passing of time, with a small wilting tulip indicating the hours and a small skull punctuating the seconds. The moving dial is a nod towards the hourglass and the passing of time.
Priced at CHF 22,500 (excluding taxes), there are just 36 pieces of the Ressence T1 REV Grail Watch available.
Functions Hours • Minutes • Seconds • Day of the week
Movement Patented ROCS 1 - Ressence Orbital Convex System - driven by the minute axle of a specially modified 2892/A • Manual winding and time setting system via a lever on the back of the case • Self-winding • 36-hour power reserve • 28,800 vibrations per hour • 40 jewels • 27 gears
Dial Convex mesh dial (radius of 125 mm) with 3 eccentric biaxial satellites inclined at 3° (hours) and 4.75° (day and day of the week) • Engraved indications filled with grade A Superluminova
Case Grade 5 titanium • Concave/convex sapphire with anti-reflective treatment • 41.5mm (diameter) x 11 mm (thickness) • Splash resistance
Buckle and strap Ardillon buckle • Blue leather strap (20/20mm)
Weight 67 grams
Price & Availability CHF 22,500 (excluding VAT) • Limited production of 36 units