Inspired by the Middle East, rotating discs tell the time on this watch!

I recently visited Dubai, and the Middle East has left a vivid imprint on my heart. The vibe and aura of the Middle East are unparalleled. A whiff of the desert is what I need right now! Still recovering from my Middle Eastern vacation induced stupor, I was delighted to come across Ressence’s Type 1DXB watch.

Created in collaboration with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the largest retailer of luxury watches in the Middle East, Ressence’s Type 1DXB was recently displayed at the 2019 Dubai Watch Week. A limited-edition and an unusual take on Ressence’s iconic Type 1 Squared, “The Type 1DXB draws inspiration from Arabic geometric patterns, believed to unveil the underlying reality to the viewer. This traditional design composes with natural light and creates [a] unique shadow play.”

Ressence manufactured the case of the watch from grade 5 titanium, foregoing their usual choice of stainless steel. However, the patented Ressence Orbital Convex System, which comprises of rotating discs that orbit around one another was retained. The legendary display module indicates time via the discs that rotate on their own axis, as well as on the central axis. Driven by the minute axle of a 2892 caliber, the watch showcases hours, minutes, seconds, as well as the days of the week. You can catch a glimpse of the gears that power the watch through the dial!

Skeletonised and sand-colored, the dial is complemented by white Super-Luminova. A lever at the back of the case helps to set the time in a classic old fashioned manner. Limited to 19 pieces, and equipped with a sand-colored calfskin strap and a khaki nato style strap, Ressence’s Type 1DXB feels like an interesting detour through Arabia. If you’d like a touch of the Middle East on your wrist, then this is the watch for you!

Designer: Ressence and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons

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