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Pre-Baselworld 2015: Ressence The New Type 3

by Chester Lau on March 12, 2015

For Baselworld 2015, Ressence is releasing a new version of their Type 3 watch, this time with an added indicator on the dial.  Introducing Ressence The New Type 3

Winner of  2013 Grand  Prix  d’Horlogerie  de  Genève, Horological  Revelation,  Ressence has definitely come a long way. It is a truly fascinating concept, to put floating dials on a refraction oil base, something almost unheard of. What is fascinating about this piece, is the constantly moving dial. The subdials or the floating dial is designed to revolve about the face of the watch, where only the minute hand is the constant. Back in 2013, we reviewed the first Type 3 and were very much impressed with the concept. So what is it that the 2015 model has to offer?

 

 

RESSENCE_NEW_TYPE 3

The  TYPE  3  capitalises  on  the  advanced  technology  of  the  ROCS  patent.  ROCS  stands  for   Ressence  Orbital  Convex  System  and  is  a  state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art  complex  mechanism  composed  of     158  parts,  35  gears  and  52  jewels.

Very much similar, safe for an oil temperature indicator, the New Type 3 uses the same movement from the previous type 3 and capitalises  on  the  advanced  technology  of  the  ROCS  patent.  ROCS  stands  for   Ressence  Orbital  Convex  System  and  is  a  state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art  complex  mechanism  composed  of     158  parts,  35  gears  and  52  jewels. For  antimagnetic  and  lightweight  purposes,  all  components   are  in  titanium  grade  5  with  the  exception  of  the  gears.

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The older Type 3, which also consists of three  main  elements:  the  central  section  made  from  a   titanium  grade  5  plate  that  integrates  the  lugs  for  the  bracelet;  the  upper  section  with  the  ROCS   submerged  in  oil;  and  the  lower  section  housing  the  movement  and  the   winding/setting   mechanism.

The  unique  approach  for  displaying  the  time:  discs   replace  traditional  hands.  Sub-discs  continually  revolve,  as  does  the  main  disc.  The  face  of  the   watch  is  therefore  constantly  changing.  The  convex  discs  are  displaying  hours,  minutes,  runner   (360  seconds),  days  of  the  week,  oil  temperature,  and  the  date.  They  may  be  seen  as  the  dial  in   a  traditional  watch  but  are  in  fact  the  ROCS’s  bridges

The  TYPE  3  architecture  consists  of  three  main  elements:  the  central  section  made  from  a   titanium  grade  5  plate  that  integrates  the  lugs  for  the  bracelet;  the  upper  section  with  the  ROCS   submerged  in  oil;  and  the  lower  section  housing  the  movement  and  the winding/setting   mechanism.     Minute  information  is  transmitted  from  the  movement  to  the  ROCS  via  micro-­‐magnetic  fields  as   it  is  completely  sealed  and  physically  separated  from  the  lower  section  by  a  hermetic  titanium   grade  5  membrane.  An  anti-­‐magnetic  cage  (acting  as  a  Faraday  cage)  protects  the  movement   from  the  magnetic  fields.

type3-wrist

The   discs  of  the  ROCS  as  the  whole  case  itself  have  a  125mm  radius  sphere  shape  and  require   specific  know-­‐how  and  tools  to  be  produced.  The  watch,  made  of  titanium  grade  5,  weights   only  75  grams. This makes the watch highly comfortable and wearable on the wrist. Seen here is the older Type 3.

 Comfort  on  the  wrist  and  enjoyable  touch  were  key  priorities  during  TYPE  3’s   development. The  TYPE  3  upper  half  is  filled  with  35.2  ml  of  oil  for  a  never-­‐seen-­‐before  visual  effect.  Oil  has   remarkable  properties  but  is  sensible  to  temperature  variations.  The  TYPE  3  includes  therefore   seven  bellows  that  compensate  for  oil’s  expansion  or  contraction.  A  mechanical  thermal  gauge   has  been  added  to  inform  precisely  when  the  watch  is  performing  at  its  best.  The  0.5  mm  bi-­‐ metal  spiral  is  mounted  0.1  mm  under  the  discs  to  captures  the  slightest  temperature  change   inside  the  oil,  ranging  from  -­‐5  degrees  to  +55  degrees  Celsius.

 

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