How do you make an unconventional watch even more unconventional? For the Ressence Type 1 Squared, they ditched the traditional round case in favor of a “cushion-shaped” shell, updating the aesthetic and setting it apart from the rest of the models in the outfit’s lineup.
A smaller and thinner version of the Type 1, the timepiece retains the original’s rotating disc dial, so it will still move like a series of celestial bodies slowly circling around their territory. Except, of course, it comes in a dressier case this time around, making for a watch that will wear a lot better with your power suits and other formal outfits.
The Ressence Type 1 Squared doesn’t just do away with the watch shape – it sheds the titanium, too, choosing to cover itself in polished 316L stainless steel instead. They also replaced the sapphire case back that served as a knob of sorts, swapping in a retractable lever instead, so you can set the time the same way people used to wind-up non-battery-powered toys way back in the day.
To keep time, it uses the same ROCS 1 module from the original, which integrates a self-winding 2824/2 base caliber mechanism into a system with 107 new parts. Features include a 41mm case, a convex dial, engraved indicators filled with Superluminova for nighttime visibility, 1ATM of water resistance, and a domed sapphire crystal.
Available in four dial colors, the Ressence Type 1 Squared is priced at CHF 16,000.