Originally published by Cole Pennington on Hodinkee.
The "Old Mind" series consists of two prototypes, each featuring a different style of hand-guilloche pattern on the dial, and a 60-second tourbillon movement. This is the break-out model from Van Bricht, a fledgeling high horology manufacture out of Belgium. Two young watchmakers teamed up to form the brand, and they plan to make 25 examples of these watches.
Sébastien Lambricht and Bernard Van Ormelingen both attended the same watchmaking school in Namur, Belgium and then independently went on to specialize in different disciplines in the watchmaking world before coming together to form Van Bricht, an amalgamation of both founder’s last names. Sébastien, now 29, completed an internship at Rolex Benelux, then went onto Patek Philip Benelux, and then settled in as the head of the workshop at Ressence Antwerp. At Ressence, he's responsible for prototype development, and he's brought some of the case design philosophy from Ressence into the Old Mind, with an expansive dial, and a seamless flow between crystal and case.