November 5th, 2023, marks the day where horology and humanitarianism converged gracefully at Palexpo in Geneva, unveiling moments where time wasn’t merely told but profoundly felt. At the epicenter of this harmonious collision was Ressence, returning for a commendable second stint at the esteemed Only Watch charity auction, an event organized by none other than the iconic Christie’s auction house. This bi-annual spectacle transcends the ticking hands and intricate movements of luxurious timepieces, serving a higher purpose – amplifying the voice of hope and perseverance against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Among the distinguished attendees, Ressence’s TYPE 1² OW23 stood resolute, not merely for its breathtaking craftsmanship but for the ethos it embodied. This exclusive timepiece, birthed for Only Watch 2023, encapsulates an intricate narrative of humanity’s indefatigable spirit against the debilitating affliction.
Benoît Mintiens, the visionary founder of Ressence, encapsulates this sentiment eloquently, “At Ressence, we strive to make every second count. By supporting Only Watch, we hope to accelerate the discovery and development of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.” Mintiens’ passion isn’t a transient sentiment but a tangible touch to each creation, and the TYPE 1² OW23 is no exception.
This timepiece wears the signature aesthetic of Ressence with indomitable pride, maintaining the parent, the Type 1 Squared’s, intrinsic functions and movement. Yet, as you cast your gaze upon it, the TYPE 1² OW23 unfolds a distinct narrative – a testament to craftsmanship, a narrative that is both somber and hopeful.
Immersed in the thematic color palette of Only Watch 2023, the blue accents eloquently adorn this masterpiece. The blue painted DNA chain, a profound visual representation, is meticulously set against a brushed German Silver dial, bridging the chasm between aesthetic allure and symbolic profundity. The cushion-shaped case, carved from polished Grade 5 titanium, measures 41mm in diameter, encapsulating the ROCS 1.3 – Ressence Orbital Convex System – a patent marvel driven by the minute axle of a customised 2892 base calibre.
Yet, what sets the TYPE 1² OW23 apart isn’t merely its aesthetic allure or intricate craftsmanship, but the dance of revolving discs that unfold a narrative of life’s ephemeral yet persistent nature. Like the transient yet recurrent dance of day and night, the dials reveal different faces over time, manifesting an abstract visual symphony that at midnight on Sunday, align to unveil a coherent DNA chain – a beacon of hope.
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