Based on the philosophy of introducing insider brands to the masses, Mr Porter first added Belgian watch brand Ressence to its stable in 2015. The brand wasn't a household name then—and probably still isn't, compared to the big boys of Rolex, Cartier and Patek Philippe—then but the e-tailer recognised its unique selling points and high quality.
Just this month, Mr Porter takes the partnership one step further by partnering Ressence to produce two limited-edition pieces of the Type 1 MRP, on top of the current range of watches (including Types 1, 3 and 5), that Mr Porter currently stocks.
The Type 1 MRP resembles the Ressence Type 1 with an identical case shape. But what's different are the case metals and dial treatments—the grade 5 titanium case version comes with a blue dial and silver satellites, while the rose gold one is fitted with a sandblasted white dial.
“They are extremely fresh designs,” says Ressence founder Benoît Mintiens to Mr Porter. “The rose gold is a monobloc case, milled out of one piece. We have done rose gold before, but not like this. We could have put in dark hands, but it’s a lot fresher with the gold. The silver dial–sandblasted so you get this off-white colour–is a lot more natural than a harsh white.”
Both versions of the Type 1 MRP feature the brand's patented ROCS (Ressence Orbital Convex System)— convex sub-dials that indicate the hours, seconds and days of the week revolve around the face continuously. Its dial indications are engraved and filled with Super-LumiNova, which explains its luminosity in the dark.
There will only be 12 titanium Type 1 MRPs, while the rose gold Type 1 MRP is even rarer with only six available worldwide.
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