Independent watchmaker Ressence and Sotheby’s watch department may not be the first to pitch into the fight against coronavirus, but they certainly are the first to do so in such a creative way. Joining together for the first time, the two entities are inviting watch-lovers to create their own interpretation of one of Ressence’s latest model, the winning sketch of which would be brought to life and auctioned by Sotheby’s to benefit medical research.

The watch model in question is the brand’s latest, the Type 1 Slim. Ressence, since its establishment in 2010, has built its international reputation by revolutionising the way time is displayed on the watch. Through a patented 3D design named the Ressence Orbital Convex System (ROCS), the hours, minutes, seconds and days are displayed in individual sub-dials, or discs, that orbit around one another.

The competition opens today, April 28 at 2 pm GMT until May 12 at 2 pm GMT. The winning design, selected by Ressence founder Benoît Mintiens himself, in consultation with the brand’s Swiss manufacturers, will be made into an actual watch, and the winning designer will have their name engraved on the case of the unique piece.

The unique watch will be auctioned by Sotheby’s at the Hong Kong “Important Watches” auction on July 11. Proceeds from this sale will support the Covid-19 Research Programme at KU Leuven University in Belgium, Mintiens’ home country.

Competition Details

To enter into this exciting once-in-a-lifetime competition, contestants can download the outline drawings (dial and back) of the Type 1 Slim on

There are no restrictions on the tools participants can use, depending on what you have available at hand, you are free to choose from colouring pencils, felt pens, to Photoshop.

The following specifications must be adhered to and submitted alongside the design:
– Colour for each component (only one colour per component)
– Colour of the graphics (number and lines)
– Colour of the graphics glow (Superluminova)

The design (graphical format) should be submitted by email to [email protected] before 12 May (2 pm GMT), together with the name or inscription for the engraving and the participant’s contact details.

Drawings can also be shared on Instagram with the hashtag #WatchesAgainstCovid19 and the tags @ressence_watches and @sothebyswatches.

So ladies and gents, pick up your pens and happy sketching.