Ressence, the watch company that keeps challenging the status quo of mechanical watchmaking, in close collaboration with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the UAE’s leading retailer of luxury watches and jewellery, is excited to announce the release of the Type 1 Slim DX2 – a limited edition of the Type 1 Slim with enlightening facets.
Limited to 25 pieces and following in the footsteps of the Ressence Type 1 Squared DXB, the Type 1 Slim DX2 draws inspiration from Arabic geometric patterns. This original multi-faceted design creates a unique play of light reflections and depths. In a time where algorithms tend to narrow our vision of the world, it is important to look at subjects from different perspectives. As a result, new facets will enlighten our understanding and reflect a more nuanced vision of the world we live in. Delicately engraved with polishing diamond burs, the watch sparkles like a diamond would. The dial’s sand colour, the same as for the Type 1 Squared DXB, further anchor the watch in the Arabic world.
The watch remains 100% faithful to the functions and movement of its parent, the Type 1 Slim. It differs distinctly from the collection in its design. Its case is in polished Grade 5 titanium. The Ressence Orbital Convex System (ROCS), unique in-house (and patented) module featuring everchanging discs that continually orbits around one another, benefits from another design but also a different surface treatment. The 9 components that make up the dial are finished in sand color PVD (physical vapor deposition). The hands and indexes are white and filled with Superluminova punctuating a decidedly traditional but fresh look. Ressence’s “less is more” philosophy, which enables it to produce state-of-the-art but always revolutionary watches, is pushed to the limit.
The Type 1 Slim DX2 is manually set via a lever on its case back. The watch has no crown, the winding and setting mechanism being the case-back itself, for better ergonomics and allowing a left-right fit.
Beyond a refined and authentic design, the origin of the Type 1 Slim DX2 is that of a successful partnership between Ressence and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. It celebrates the United Arab Emirates 50th year anniversary. “We are extremely honored to collaborate with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons on this very unique project. They have pioneered in promoting independent brands in their region and I see this new piece as a thank you for all their efforts,” says Benoît Mintiens. Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Chief Commercial Officer of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons commented: “This limited edition marks the second collaboration between Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and Ressence. We are very proud to launch this unique piece commemorating the 50th anniversary of the UAE. It truly encapsulates the collaboration between Ressence and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, with a design concept that was worked on closely with Benoît and the whole team to achieve this masterpiece.”
Ressence is unique in its ethos of making mechanical watches its own. The Type 1 Slim DX2 is a testament to this pursuit and a result of creating a watch that subtly mixes avant-gardism and tradition.
Ressence Type 1 Slim DX2 Technical Specifications
- Patented ROCS 1 – Ressence Orbital Convex System – driven by the minute axle of a specially customised 2892 caliber
- Caseback winding and time setting via lever
- 36 hours’ power reserve
- 28,800 vibrations per hour
- 40 jewels
- 27 gears
- Convex German Silver dial (125mm radius) with 3 eccentric biaxial satellites inclined at 3° (hours) and 4.75° (seconds and week days) in sand color PVD with enlightening facets
- Engraved indications filled with white superluminova
- Polished Grade 5 Titanium
- Double domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- 41 mm (diameter) x 11 mm (thickness)
- 1 ATM water-resistance
Buckle & Strap
- Polished Grade 5 Titanium
- Tan-coloured grained calf strap (20/20mm) & olive-green rubber strap (20/20mm)
- 67 grams
- 25 numbered pieces
- CHF 22’500 (taxes excluded)
Ressence was founded in 2010 with one goal in mind; improving the function of the mechanical watch in the 21st century context. The attention was primarily given on making the watch more legible and easier to use. Ressence created a unique dial with discs, then filled it with oil and replaced the crown by a lever to only name a few of their ground- breaking developments. By improving the functionality, Ressence ultimately improved our relation with the mechanical watch. Winners of the 2013 Horological Revelation Award at the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie, Ressence takes a distinctive approach to the craft of contemporary Fine Watchmaking, combining Swiss-made calibres with unmatched self-engineered innovation to reimagining how mechanical watches can function and interact with its user in the modern age.
About Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons
Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is the region’s leading retailer of luxury watches & jewellery. Established in 1950, the company has continuously developed and nurtured the needs of its clients through the combination of its unrivalled portfolio and commitment to service excellence. Today, the company is recognised as a pioneer in the region, with an extensive collection of over 60 luxury timepiece & jewellery brands across 50 locations in the UAE.