At Baselworld I met with Benoit Mintiens, the owner and designer of the new watch brand Ressence.
His concept is rather interesting. He had two prototypes with him of which I liked the one with the grey dial the best.
The Platform Watch
Time is dsiplayed by a flush mounted revolving dial that embodies all the graphical elements in one plane under the 3D shaped sapphire glass. The display system features a revolving module driven by a modified automatic Swiss 2824 caliber.
Time seems to be displayed on the outer skin of the watch.
This innovative way to present time avoids superimposed information like hands covering an underlying dial, it vuisually prioritises time scales and enhances interface readability based on traditional cognitive patterns applied in watches with hand dials.
The revolving dial plate points out the minutes, the lunatic sub-dials inside the main dial plate indicate the hours, seconds and AM-PM. The sub-dials orbit around a virtual axis similar to the moons around Saturn.
The vanguard design, allying power and sophistication, distinguishes itself through minimalism and timelessness, to approximate the archetype of a watch, emphasing on its main purpose, to display time.
... a contemporary (r)evolution of analogue time presentation.
Movement: automatic, modified 2824.
Module: patented system designed & developed by Ressence, bearing, aluminum frame and dial-satellites, Triple bi-axial off-centered integrated & flush mounted orbiting satellites, adjustment system in the crown, 38 jewels.
Functions: AM-PM, hours, minutes, seconds.
Case: titanium or steel, diameter 42mm excluding crown, 3D sapphire crystal on both sides with vertical flush mount interface on case. Crown at 3 or 9 o'clock.
Strap: interchangeable ventilated straps with four screws mounted on the case with steel folding clasp. Natural calf or buffalo hand-sewn leather, rubber or carbon finish.
Related link: www.ressence.eu