The mechanical watch just got somewhat smarter, with this new Ressence Type 2 watch with e-Crown. Belgium based independent watchmaking brand Ressence comes up with a new Type 2 watch, not long before the SIHH 2019 will be hosted next week. It will be there where we can see and attempt the watch ourselves, so for the time being, only a couple features of this Type 2 with a dash of magic.
Ressence Type 2
When you are inexperienced with Ressence by any means, let me suggest you take a glance at some of the articles we did in the past about them, like t his involved review of their Type 1 and Type 3 watches . Interestingly enough, Ressence is one of the very few independent watchmakers that I’ve come across in the flesh a little while prior. The vast majority of these watches go to collectors and connoisseurs of independent watchmakers, so what are the chances you run into one outside exhibitions or events.
This new Type 2 watch with e-Crown (a registered trademark), is the main mechanical watch with a crown that is considered ‘smart’. As in smartwatch, as in advanced, not a crown that you may know from some mechanical watches that change the gears in a certain mode (winding, setting, etc.).
The development of the e-Crown came down to one simple yet fundamental question: “What on the off chance that I could trust and rely on my mechanical watch however much I accomplish for my phone.” As said, I have to see it in the flesh, yet as indicated by Ressence, the e-Crown of the new Type 2 watch fills in as follows:
With the e-Crown, it naturally sets and changes the watch to the correct time when this is needed. It really combines mechanics with computerized engineering. You activate and control this new crown (and watch) by tapping the gem, similar as you would do with an all-computerized Tissot T-Touch for example. Then, you will see on the dial which mode you are currently in (time zone 1, time zone 2, application and e-Crown off).
The Type 2 is physically set through the lever on its case back. By double tapping the precious stone, the physically set time is carefully registered by e-Crown. When the watch isn’t actively used (for over 3 months even), you can put on the watch, tap the precious stone and the watch will correct itself to the current time.
If you are a regular traveler (to and from different time zones), this watch is pretty convenient too. You can use double cross zones with the new Type 2 and switch between them utilizing the mode selector (tapping the dial). Then, there’s an application (hence the application mode) that you can use by means of Bluetooth to connect with the Ressence Type 2 watch and make you select a time zone from a rundown of cities in the world.
Another interesting feature is that you don’t need to wind the new Type 2 anymore after every time of idleness (for a longer period). The new Type 2 has a power save work, the e-Crown will hold the barrel of the mechanical movement. When you begin utilizing the watch once more, the watch will begin pursuing again double tapping the precious stone (as it will release the barrel). Ressence needs to stress that this watch does not have GPS or isn’t being radio controlled. The watch can be set utilizing the lever on the back or by utilizing the e-Crown application, and meanwhile, the time is additionally being registered carefully inside the watch.
Pretty cool eh? We are anticipating see it in the flesh next week at the SIHH.
Ressence Type 2 e-Crown Specifications
- Patented ROCS 2 – Ressence Orbital Convex System – driven continuously axle of a specially
- customised 2892/A caliber
- Caseback winding and time setting through lever
- 36 hours power reserve
- 28,800 vibrations per hour
- 45 jewels
- 37 gears
- 87 components
- 1,8 joules of energy per day
- Four-layered 0,25mm thick flexible uniquely constructed PCB
- Convex grade 5 titanium anthracite pvd covering dial (75mm diameter) with 3 eccentric biaxial
- satellites inclined at 9.75° (hours) and 17° (seconds and e-Crown selector) on jewel miniature ball
- bearings (holes between plates are 35 microns)
- Custom made photovoltaic cells under 10 miniature shutters
- Engraved signs filled with grade A Superluminova
- Grade 5 Titanium with anthracite pvd coating
- Double domed sapphire precious stone with the two sides against reflective coating
- 45 mm (diameter) x 12 mm (thickness)
- 1 ATM water-resistance
Buckle & Strap
- Ardillon buckle
- Strap (22/20mm)
- Total Components • 479
- • 52 grams
Prices e-Crown Collection with hand crafted light charger
- Type 2A – Anthracite dial – CHF 42’500 (taxes excluded)
- Type 2G – Gray dial – CHF 42’500 (taxes excluded)
More data through Ressence .