Watch boutiques can typically be stodgy locations the place sitting in a lush leather-based armchair and sipping champagne really feel extra like a punishment than a pleasure. Chronopassion in Paris will not be a kind of locations. Proprietor Laurent Picciotto can typically be seen rocking a pockets chain together with his double breasted fits, and when you go to the shop he is simply as more likely to present you his assortment of classic guitars as he’s to pitch you on the most recent watches (largely independents, with an eye fixed towards haute horology). So after I heard that Picciotto was collaborating with the mad Belgian scientists at Ressence, I knew we have been in for one thing good.
Fortunately I wasn’t upset in any respect. The Kind 1ZZ is a restricted version model of the model’s finest identified watch, accessible in a singular black tone-on-tone colorway. It would not be fairly proper to say it is all “all black,” since Ressence describes the dial discs as truly being darkish gray as a substitute of true black. This little little bit of distinction is very efficient, and, from what I can see right here, when paired with the matte black DLC remedy of the case it provides the piece extra depth than it could have have been it to be actually one shade. The ZZ within the identify come from two locations: it is each a reference to ZZ High, one among Picciotto’s favourite bands, and it stands for “zwart zwart” or “black black” in Flemish. Apart from the colour remedy, that is precisely the identical Kind 1 Slim that was launched again in January at SIHH 2019.
There are solely 20 of those items, and so they’re accessible solely via Chronopassion.