Introducing The Ressence Type 1ZZ
Watch stores can now and again be tedious spots where sitting in a rich cowhide easy chair and tasting champagne feel more like a discipline than a joy. Chronopassion in Paris isn’t one of those spots. Owner Laurent Picciotto can regularly be seen shaking a wallet chain with his twofold breasted suits, and on the off chance that you visit the store he’s similarly prone to show you his assortment of vintage guitars as he is to pitch you on the most recent watches (for the most part free thinkers, with an eye toward haute horology). So when I heard that Picciotto was working together with the distraught Belgian researchers at Ressence, I realized we were in for something good.
Luckily I wasn’t baffled in any way. The Type 1ZZ is a restricted release adaptation of the brand’s most popular watch, accessible in a remarkable dark tone-on-tone colorway. It wouldn’t be very option to say it’s “all dark,” since Ressence depicts the dial plates as really being dim rather than genuine dark. This smidgen of difference is exceptionally compelling, and, from what I can see here, when matched with the matte dark DLC treatment of the case it gives the piece more profundity than it would have were it to be really one tone. The ZZ in the name come from two places: it’s both a reference to ZZ Top, one of Picciotto’s #1 groups, and it means “zwart” or “dark” in Flemish. Beside the shading treatment, this is the very same Type 1 Slim that was delivered back in January at SIHH 2019.
There are just 20 of these pieces, and they’re accessible only through Chronopassion.
I’ll come directly out and say it: I’m super into this. As of recently, my number one Ressence watch ever has been the Type 1 V Genesis , a restricted release of five pieces made to commend the brand’s fifth commemoration. The idea driving that part was to give the Type 1 as small completing as could really be expected – all the machining marks were left in propriety on the German silver dial plates and even the case actually shows hints of its processing. I love the feeling of virtue this watch exemplifies, just as the way that it puts all the accentuation on the interesting presentation and plan of the Type 1 as opposed to diverting with colors and extra finishes.
To me, the Type 1ZZ motions a similar way, if in a marginally extraordinary path for somewhat various reasons. The monochromatic impact is right on target, and the decision of utilizing dull dim dial circles rather than unadulterated dark is unpretentious and successful. The other potential gain here is that you’re getting the most recent development of the Type 1, with the slimmer, hood-style case and the switch worked winding and setting instrument. I’ve said it previously: I’m by and large not an all-dark watch sort of individual. In any case, for this, I’m willing to make a critical, energetic exception.
Model: Type 1ZZ
Case Material: Titanium with matte dark DLC
Dial Color: Matte dull dim PVD over German silver
Indexes: Engraved Arabic numerals
Water Resistance: 1 ATM
Strap/Bracelet: Black Barenia cowhide tie with matte dark DLC titanium buckle
Caliber: Customized ETA 2892/A with ROCS1 system
Functions: Hours, minutes, second, day of the week
Power Reserve: 36 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Total Components: 212
Additional Details: Winding and setting worked by means of caseback lever
Valuing & Availability
Price: € 18,500
Availability: Now, solely at Chronopassion
Limited Edition: 20 pieces, engraved “1 of 20” on the caseback
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An prior variant of this story expressed that the hands had dark lume; there is, indeed, no brilliant material on the watch.