RESSENCE | TYPE 1 SLIM “AYRTON & FINLAY” A UNIQUE TITANIUM AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH MULTI-COLOR ROTATING DIAL AND DAY OF THE WEEK INDICATION, DESIGNED BY RESSENCE AND RAYMOND RAMSDEN, TO BE SOLD TO BENEFIT THE COVID-19 RESEARCH PROGRAMME OF THE KU LEUVEN AND UZ LEUVEN UNIVERSITIES, MADE IN 2020 " | Ressence | Type 1 Slim ""Ayrton & Finley"" 獨一無二鈦金屬自動上弦腕錶，備多彩迴轉錶盤及星期顯示，由Raymond Ramsden及Ressence設計，為KU Leuven及UZ Leuven大學造福Covid-19研究而製，2020年製"
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
TYPE 1 SLIM “AYRTON & FINLAY”
A UNIQUE TITANIUM AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH MULTI-COLOR ROTATING DIAL AND DAY OF THE WEEK INDICATION, DESIGNED BY RESSENCE AND RAYMOND RAMSDEN, TO BE SOLD TO BENEFIT THE COVID-19 RESEARCH PROGRAMME OF THE KU LEUVEN AND UZ LEUVEN UNIVERSITIES, MADE IN 2020
Type 1 Slim "Ayrton & Finley"
獨一無二鈦金屬自動上弦腕錶，備多彩迴轉錶盤及星期顯示，由Raymond Ramsden及Ressence設計，為KU Leuven及UZ Leuven大學造福Covid-19研究而製，2020年製
Dial: multi color eccentric biaxial satellites
Calibre: cal. ROCS driven by the minute axle of a specially customized 2892/A caliber
Case: titanium with winding and time setting via case-back lever
Closure: light blue hand painted Ressence leather strap and titanium buckle
Size: 42 mm diameter
Signed: dial and case
Accessories: Ressence Warranty, instruction manual, presentation box and counter box
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All function is working properly. The watch is in like new overall condition and has not been worn before.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
This unique Ressence watch is being offered to support the Covid-19 Research Programme being run by KU Leuven University in Belgium. It was designed by Raymond Ramsden who outbid 465 other participants in the #WatchAgainstCovid19 watch design competition launched by the independent watchmaker and Sotheby’s in April 2020. Participants were invited to create their own interpretation of one of Ressence’s latest models, the Type 1 Slim.
The winner, Raymond Ramsden from Yorkshire, England described his design as “optimistic” and “very planetary” in an interview to the New York Times (11 June 2020).
The main blue colour represents the medical staff, key workers and all the people who, by their work and dedication, supported society through the coronavirus pandemic. The red hand symbolises human interaction and the importance of washing hands to limit its spread.
The blue subdial is the planet we share.
The yellow subdial is the sun giving warmth, light and life.
The white subdial is the moon: aspirations, romance, and dreams.
The red 19 marker is a discreet reference to the coronavirus
The winner had been asked to provide an inscription for the engraving on the back of the case. Raymond chose “Ayrton & Fin” - the names of his sons
Ressence has a history of creating much sought-after limited editions, which always sell out within hours of their launch. The brand was founded in 2010 by Mintiens, an industrial designer who had a portfolio of designs to his credit – high-speed trains, aircraft cabins, medical devices, leather goods and even hunting guns – before he ever designed a watch.
His approach to fine-watchmaking is entirely fresh, undeniably contemporary and with one goal in mind: improving the functionality of the mechanical watch in the 21st century context. The brand has built its international reputation by revolutionising the way time is displayed on a watch. On a Ressence watch, time is broken down into individual sub-dials displaying hours, minutes, seconds and days. These sub-dials or discs orbit around one another, a patented three-dimensional complication called ROCS, or the Ressence Orbital Convex System.
The purpose is a more efficient way of telling time. Information is displayed on a single surface, much like words on a piece of paper, making for improved readability. Winners of the 2013 Horological Revelation Award at the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie, Ressence takes a distinctive approach to the craft of contemporary Fine Watchmaking, combining Swiss-made calibres with unmatched self-engineered innovation to reimagine how mechanical watches can function and interact with users in the modern age.