Trust the Belgians to deconstruct and reinven ent something as traditional as telling the time. Benoit Mintiens is the founder and creative mind behind Ressence, an Antwerp-based watchmaker hell-bent on replacing conventional tiona horological hands with rotating discs. This is thes the Type 1. It has a patented automatic movement nt driving a main disc for minutes, with three satellite sub-dials for hours, seconds and da day that maintain their orientation while orbitingting in unison. The watch has a unique case-back winder and no crown for a distinctively clean ean look. Its curved sapphire crystal blends into nt the 42mm, water-resistant titanium case. Five. Fiv finishes are available. Mintiens – an industrial ust ial designer – penned high-speed trains, aircraft rcraf cabins, medical devices, leather goods and even nd eve hunting guns before he designed his first watch.
Ressence Type 1 $22,500 ressencewatches.com
Okay, so not everybody is a watch snob. Some people just want a tool that tells the time and looks cool or represents something they like. Online outfit 69 Pit Stop specialises in accessories for petrolheads, including this wrist-borne tribute to forced induction. The eye-catching German-made timepiece isn’t the easiest thing to read with black hands on a black dial that’s designed to mimic an analogue boost gauge, but functionality seems to be of secondary importance for this conversation piece. It measures 43mm in diameter and comes with a two-year warranty.
Classic Ride Edition Boost Watch $190 69pitstop.com
Earlier this year Seiko made E the surprising decision to discontinue four of its most popular models, including the SBDX017 Marine Master, or MM300 as it is also known. Seiko has produced this particular watch for more than 15 years (o (originally as the SBDX001) over w which time it has developed a a dedicated following based on its robust simplicity. The 44mm case houses a gem of an automatic movement and Seiko’s own Hardlex mineral glass. Thankfully, stock is still relatively p plentiful – for now – so nab one o of these excellent dive watches before its sun finally sets.
Seiko SBDX017 Marine Master $ $3200 downunderwatches.com