SIHH has come and gone, and though we didn’t partake in one of the watch industry’s most grandiose affairs, it was certainly fun to sit back and watch the coverage as it came in. Before SIHH kicked off, we wondered how the industry’s current hardships might temper this year’s show. Given what we have seen—with many of the presenting firms coming in strong and proud—you would have never guessed that the industry was in the midst of what some have called a slump, others the start of a crisis. Granted, SIHH isn’t exactly a fair cross-section of the industry and its many market segments, with the show skewed toward higher-end luxury, and whether this year’s novelties show viability on the market remains to be seen.
With that out of the way, let’s get to the horological eye candy. There was certainly a lot to lust over this year, so we tapped members of our editorial team to each pick one watch that stood out to them. As always, let us know what caught your eye in the comments section below. Enjoy!
Christian Alexandersen – Ressence Type 1 Squared
Ressence continues to push watchmaking forward through breathtaking design and incredible technology with the creation of its newest watch. It elevates the design from its previous watches by making the now square case smaller, thinner and from stainless steel instead of titanium.
The bold black and white dial has been replaced with four dial color options–silver, ruthenium, night blue, and champagne. The watch can be wound by a lever that folds out from the back of the watch. The improvements now provide a quick-set mechanism for the day of the week.
While the watch is a change from other models, the Ressence Type 1 Squared retains its eye-catching orbital time display. Unlike other brands, Ressence continues to impress with new models and improvements that are progressing watchmaking.
The watch’s newly refined aesthetic drew me to the Type 1 Squared immediately. I didn’t think Ressence could improve on its orbital display, but they did. The new dials are as slick as previous models, but Ressence made them feel more mechanical than tech. A real piece of watchmaking art.