The Ressence watches are intriguing. No hands, no crown. What seems like a floating display which tells the time. We have covered the Type 3 earlier, but the watch was updated this BaselWorld 2015 and this is our hands-on report on the Resssence New Type 3.
By way of introduction to the Ressence series, it is instructive to understand how the watch works. Essentially the watch case is a thin titanium plate with two domed sapphire glass structures attached to each side. The plate also forms the lugs to which a very flexible leather strap is attached to a titanium buckle.
Under the domes is where the interesting stuff happens. The lower dome is the movement, which is derived from a heavily modified ETA 2824-2. And in the upper dome houses some 32.5ml of oil. In this oil is suspended the indicators for the time: hours, minutes, seconds, day, date and oil temperature. The indicators are discs which rotate and the main dial itself rotates. The face of the watch is constantly changing. The connection between the movement and the indicators is via a set of magnets. Interesting indeed. But all these is already introduced in the Ressence Type 3. What is new in the Resssence New Type 3 is the addition of a mechanical oil temperature gauge. Please see the Press Release for the Ressence New Type 3 here.
The oil temperature gauge is new because oil is susceptible to temperature changes. In the Resssence New Type 3, seven bellows are used to ensure that the expansion and contraction of the oil as the temperature changes is catered for. The mechanical temperature gauge is used to indicate the optimal operating temperature from -5C to 55C.
The tactile feel of the watch is extremely interesting. It feels very light, as most of the structure is in titanium. It also feels like a smooth pebble which has stood the ravages of waves over time. Touching the case is very satisfying and a very nice, comforting feeling. Visually, the high contrast indicators seem to be projected onto the crystal, and the dance of the indicators on a watch face which is ever changing is mesmerizing indeed.
On the wrist, the Resssence New Type 3 is is supremely comfortable belying its 43mm diameter and 15mm height.
A very unique watch, with a wonderful tactile and visual feel. A very interesting watch from a very interesting new independent watchmaker. The price of this uniqueness? US$42,200 recommended retail.