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Introducing the Ressence Type 5

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Today, Ressence debuts their first dive watch. At 46 mm x 15.5 mm, it is larger than the Type 1 (42 mm x 13 mm) and Type 3 (44 mm x 15 mm), however, its case and dial are crafted in grade 5 titanium so for its size – it is relatively light at just 87 grams. Not one to follow traditional techniques, the Ressence Type 5 utilizes a ROCS system (the brands proprietary system) immersed in 37.5 ml of oil. According to Ressence, “Since the laws of hydraulics state that a liquid cannot be compressed, this oil compensates for pressure underwater. And there are other advantages too: the oil keeps those components constantly lubricated. And since they are suspended in a liquid, they are lighter and hence require less power to move, which in turn improves time-keeping. The result

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Ressence Type 3 Hands-On

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The Ressence Type 1 is similar to the Ressence Type 3 in that it has no crown and no hands. The Type 3, however, is distinctly different in that its discs are bathed in a fluid that refracts light and projects the indications directly onto the sapphire crystal. The case measures 44 mm by 15 mm and has a bubble shaped sapphire crystal that makes it possible for the display to go all the way to the edge of the curve, giving the watch a unique look, even in comparison to the Type 1, which is already quite distinct. Inside is a mechanism that consists of 57 jewels and 28 gears, enclosed in an upper compartment filled with a naphtha-type liquid which enhances the refraction of light, and causes the brain to see a two-dimensional display, rather than three. A

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Ressence Type 1 V Genesis

Five years ago, Belgian watchmaker, Ressence, introduced a timepiece, unlike anything we’ve ever seen. A watch that lacks conventional hands, instead displaying the time via sub-discs that continually revolve, as does the main disc into which they are set, “like moons in orbit around a planet.” Based on this concept, Ressence has quickly become very popular among collectors and watch enthusiasts. From the Type 1 to the newer version of the Type 1, to the Type 3 - everything they do is unique and highly innovative. Not just the mechanism, or way of telling the time, even details as small as the strap designs have been re-imagined in new ways. To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Ressence announces the limited edition Type 1 V Genesis. According to the manufacturer, this is no re-issue from the archives, “Some, in fact, might say

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Ressence Type 1 - No Hands, No Crown

Founded in 2009 by Belgian industrial designer, Benoit Mintiens, Ressence is watch company that has not just invented a new complication – but an entirely new way of displaying the time on your wrist. The name is a combination of renaissance and essence, which is an apt name for a company bringing about serious innovation in watchmaking while maintaining the simple essence of timekeeping. Instead of traditional watch hands, the Type 1 uses spherical discs with engraved indications that act as the hands. Each disc has a separate function, just like a traditional regulator watch. For the Type 1, there are discs for hours, minutes, seconds and the day of the week. These discs revolve and point to their respective engraved ring (the numbers on the outer chapter ring are printed), indicating the current time and day. The discs are

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