Belgian atelier Ressence has been around since 2010, and in that time its caused quite a stir with their oil-filled orbital dial aesthetic. It’s set to stir things up again, this time with the help of Eugenio Amos, the Italian racing driver and founder of Automobili Amos. The collaboration has come together to answer the question, “Would it be possible to make a genuine driver watch that has a function related to time and cars?” The answer is the Ressence Type 5X Watch.
The case of the Type 5X uses the same 46mm titanium form that you’ll find in Ressence’s Type 5 architecture. But from there, things take a different tact. The bezel for the Type 5X is unidirectional is is unlike any other traditional diving scale. Instead, Ressence uses what they’re calling a “driver’s bezel.” This bezel features a 15 minute engine warmup scale that runs from Start (denoted by an “S”) and goes to Race (marked by an “R”). The bezel is based on Automobili Amos’ Lancia Delta Futurista, which notoriously required a 15 minute warmup to get the finicky turbocharger oiling system up and running.
Opposite the warmup on the bezel is a 10 minute cooldown scale, which again is based on the Futurista. The main dial is finished in dark olive green and features the oil-filled design that has made Ressence famous. The dial also shows a 90-second running seconds subdial as well as a tachometer redline scale to track the minutes.
The Type 5X features a limited edition signed caseback that bears the logos of both Ressence and Automobili Amos next to the winding and setting system. A Levati rubber accessory keeps the watch in place and is detachable. This band allows the watch to be worn on the side of the wrist, which is where a professional driver keeps his watch so as to be able to see it while driving.
Even though this is a “driver” watch and not a “diver” watch, the Type 5X still offers 100 meters of water resistance. The Type 5X is powered by an ETA 2824-2 based ROCS 5 automatic movement. The Ressence Watch Type 5X has an MSRP of $36,500.