Ressence’s Type 1 may be the most interesting use of a common workhorse ETA automatic movement on the market. Instead of driving conventional hands, the heavily modified movement controls, in the case of the Type 1, a set of orbiting discs that circle the dial and make for a timepiece with a seriously futuristic aesthetic.
In collaboration with Chronopassion, a Parisian watch retailer, Ressence has released an all-black version of the Type 1, dubbed the Type 1ZZ. The Type 1ZZ is essentially a slightly altered version of the Type 1 Slim from 2019’s SIHH show, which uses a thinner case and lever-operated winding and setting mechanism. In this execution, the 1ZZ features a black DLC coating on its titanium case, with a matte dark grey PVD dial on a base of German silver and a black Barenia leather strap with matte black DLC titanium buckle.
The 1ZZ is limited to 20 pieces, and is available for $20,688.
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