Earlier this year, we covered Ressence and Sotheby’s #WatchesAgainstCovid19 design competition. The winning design was produced and auctioned off by Sotheby’s with the proceeds going to COVID-19 research. Well, Ressence is back with another unique piece and another good cause. Yesterday, the brand announced the Ressence Type 3MC for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, in partnership with – and sold exclusively through – Art in Time. Shortly after the sale went live, the watch sold. Only one of these watches will be made, and part of the proceeds of the sale will support the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s environmental efforts in promoting sustainable development.
What more can be said about the Type 3 that has not already been said? I highly suggest taking a look at both James Stacey’s Hands-On with the Type 3W (white dial) and Jack Forster’s In-Depth with the Type 3-3 (black dial) for a comprehensive look at this model. The original Type 3 was one of those watches that found a way to simultaneously subvert the idea of watchmaking, from a technical perspective, and fundamentally change how time is told, with its creative dial display.
Now, this is effectively the same Ressence Type 3 design that everyone knows, but with a new unique color, and an equally unique red strap. The dial is almost entirely red, but also features orange and grey accents on the subdials. The hands and outer track markings are a stark white.
Speaking on this sale, Benoît Mintiens, CEO and founder of Ressence said, “We’re delighted to be helping the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation through this Art in Time initiative. The Principality [Monaco] borders the Mediterranean, home to a rich variety of wildlife – and, sadly, one of the most polluted seas on Earth. We believe that helping to preserve this ecosystem is a worthy cause. A unique, blood-red, liquid-filled watch will be a powerful statement of support for marine life by the person who wears it.”
Given that this a Type 3, it sports the same oil-filled technology that allows for enhanced legibility and a distinctive viewing experience. You might notice in the photos that the dial appearance – as it pertains to the configuration of the subdials – changes position depending on the photo. This is because the winding mechanism is located on the back of the watch. You engage the caseback, which winds the mechanism, and the dial physically moves in response to that engagement.
The Ressence Type 3MC bears a special “1/1” inscription on the caseback indicating that it is a unique piece.
Model: Type 3MC
Case Material: Grade 5 titanium
Dial Color: Red
Indexes: Arabic and rectangular markers
Water Resistance: 30m
Strap/Bracelet: Red strap
Caliber: Patented ROCS 3.5 (Ressence Orbital Convex System) module driven by the minute axle of a customized 2824/2 base caliber
Functions: Hours, minutes, day, date, 180-second runner, and oil temperature
Power Reserve: 36 hours
Chronometer Certified: No
Pricing & Availability
Price: €39,900 ($ 47,263 at time of publishing)
Availability: Through Art in Time only
Limited Edition: Yes, 1/1 – already sold.