Ressence watches and Sotheby’s teamed up to launch a design competition back in April to support Covid-19 research. The gist of it was that people could design their own version of the Type 1 Slim, with the winning colourway produced and sold by Sotheby’s.
Over 400 people entered the competition, with the winning submission coming from Raymond Ramsden from Yorkshire. The 58-year old’s design was whittled down to the final four by the Ressence team before winning the second round when it was a public vote on Instagram. The design is said to celebrate the key workers that have worked so hard during this pandemic highlighted with the pastel blue as well as the earth. moon and the sun depicted in the sub-dials.
Instead of naming the watch after himself, Raymond named the watch after his two children ‘Aryton & Fin’ as ‘the children of the world are the future.’
The Ressence Type 1 Slim ‘Aryton & Fin’ went across the block in Hong Kong on Sunday, July 11th at the Sotheby’s Important Watches sale and sold for 375,000 HKD(£38,321) , above its upper estimate of 300,000 HKD. The proceeds of the sale will go to funding the Covid-19 research program at the KU Leuven and UZ Leuven Universities to research a vaccine and treatments against the virus.