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01/19/23
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Lot #1886

Ressence x Alain Silberstein Carpe Diem Type 1

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Introduction

Founded in 2010, Ressence has become one of the most visually unique and technically innovative independent watchmakers of the last decade. As part of this drive to create visually novel timepieces, Ressence fit their timepieces with one of the most unique displays in all of watchmaking, a collection of small subdial satellites that rotate around the display as time passes. Expanding from their usual sources of inspiration, Ressence collaborated with legendary watch designer Alain Silberstein in 2022 to create a watch that embodies their shared experiences as designers from the peripheries of traditional watchmaking. Created specifically for Grail Watch, a project founded by Wei Koh that is dedicated to bringing independent watchmakers together, this limited edition timepiece of just 26 pieces offers Ressence’s unique construction in conjunction with Alain’s unique color palette and visual detailing. As a result, the Carpe Diem Type 1 communicates both of its designer’s influence through their signature details, such as Ressence’s trio of constantly rotating subdials and Alain’s injection of color. The three subdials showcase the hours, seconds, and days of the week. The lone rotating light blue arrow-shaped indicator displays the minutes on the peripheral chapter ring that are executed in white and light blue. The hours are displayed by the red subdial, with the tulip acting as the hand, the yellow handed subdial displays the day of the week with the yellow square denoting Sunday and the final subdial with the skull reads the running seconds.

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Grade

M 9.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Box and Papers

Est. value range

$25,000 – $35,000

The Details

Brand

Ressence x Alain Silberstein

Dimensions

41.5mm

Model

Type 1 REV Grail Watch

Movement

Automatic cal. ROCS 1

Reference

Type 1

Bracelet

Leather strap

Year

2022

Condition

Near-Mint

Material

Titanium

Included

Watch, box and papers

Dial Color

Blue with matte finishing

THE DIAL

As is with most of Alain Silberstein's own timepieces and the watches he collaborates on, the Carpe Diem Type 1 boasts his quirky design language with plenty of color and unusual imagery.

THE CONSTRUCTION

While its aesthetic is certainly unique, the Type 1's construction is far more in keeping with what one might expect, with its 41.5mm titanium case wearing tightly on the wrist thanks to its short lugs and crown-less design.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in like new condition, showing little to no signs of wear.

Our Perspective

Inspired by Ressence's founder Benoît Mintiens' and Alain Silberstein's shared origin story as watch designers from outside of traditional watchmaking, the Type 1 Carpe Diem embodies their unique design languages and offers to wrap them into one watch that is terrifically unique and unlike anything else on the market.

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