Founded in 2010 in Antwerp, Belgium, Ressence is owned and managed by Benoit Mintiens. As an industrial designer, Mintiens had a portfolio of designs including high-speed trains, aircraft cabins and even hunting guns before designing a watch. He is able to adapt a new approach to watchmaking, focusing on the future wearer of the watch. The brand name is a neologism based on Renaissance and Essence. The watches are "built on the expertise of yesterday, crafted with today's technology, [and] are designed for tomorrow." The first Ressence line was introduced in BaselWorld 2010.