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Ressence Type 2 Watch With e-Crown

Ressence Type 2 Watch With e-Crown Watch Releases

This year for SIHH, Ressence has announced the release of the Ressence Type 2 watch with its “e-Crown.” This release is something that the team at aBlogtoWatch has been long anticipating; Ariel first reported on the development of the e-Crown back in January going as far as to say that he felt that this release was going to be one of the most talked about watches of the year.

Ressence Type 2 Watch With e-Crown Watch Releases

No stranger to doing something completely and entirely unique, the e-Crown module developed by Ressence changes the way you interact with your mechanical timepiece. In brief, the e-Crown is a Bluetooth enabled electronic module that sits between the mechanical movement and the Ressence Orbital Convex System (ROCS). What the e-Crown does is automatically sets and adjusts the time of the watch as needed or dictated by the user. You’re able to first set the time manually via the level on the case back, and afterward, you just double tap the crystal and the e-Crown registers the time and maintains it. Ressence states that even after three months of inactivity you can merely pick the watch up, rap it twice on the crystal, and it will pick up where it left off – that’s remarkable. You are also able to manually adjust the watch from the accompanying smartphone app the e-Crown’s Bluetooth linking capabilities.

Ressence Type 2 Watch With e-Crown Watch Releases

Ressence Type 2 Watch With e-Crown Watch Releases

Another important aspect to the incorporation of an electronic crown into a mechanical watch is the question of power. The e-Crown’s energy comes from the photovoltaic panels hidden underneath small shutters across the dial. These shutters will open automatically when the charge gets low, or the can be actuated manually from the app.

Ressence Type 2 Watch With e-Crown Watch Releases

The Ressence Type 2 comes in a 45mm Titanium/PVD case that’s roughly 12mm thick. The watch itself is water resistant to 1 ATM, but does feature engraved “indications” that are filled with Grade-A Super-LumiNova; I take this to mean that the “hands” are engraved into the titanium dial, which if true should lend itself to a very cool three-dimensional look. All of this is nestled cozily under a double-domed sapphire crystal. An interesting technical element about the Ressence “ROCS 2” movement is that the whole thing is driven by the minute axle of an ETA 2892/A.

Ressence Type 2 Watch With e-Crown Watch Releases

To distill all of this down, I find it remarkable that Ressence is able to step back and look at time-keeping, “in the round,” and ask the critical questions about what could be done better. It’s an important distinction to make that they’re not simply looking for something that they can do differently, but rather, better. The e-Crown itself is an innovative take on a wearer’s interaction with their timepiece that has remained relatively unchanged for the last 150 years and ultimately allows us to trust our mechanical timepieces accuracy in the same way that we might our phones. The Ressence Type 2 with e-Crown will be available in two different dial colors: Anthracite as the Type-2A and grey as the Type-2G. Both of these watches will be priced in USD at $48,800. For additional information and details, please check


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  • cluedog12

    Anthracite version looks super slick and I have come to appreciate what the Type 2 is offering. It’s way out fo my price range, but that’s fine.

    Would have liked to have seen a regular series dial without the small permanent cutouts. The louvres are fine because they are closed when the e-crown is charged and they have a purpose.

    The brand’s DNA is the ROCs modules, but the name itself promises “revolution” and “essential”. So technical disruption is good, but are these small slits on the dial essential? Does the Type 1/3/5 owner need cutouts in the dial to remember that the watch is mechanical and not a quartz watch? So there you go, I am a Ressence traditionalist, which is a funny thing to be.

    • SuperStrapper

      Underrated comment.

  • Semido

    What a fantastic idea. Shame about the price, and the water resistance.

    • gadgety

      The water resistance is a bit of a mystery, unless Ressence intends to introduce more water resistant future versions as upgrades. Any future piece by ABTW hopefully covers why it’s only 1 atm. Ressence have a diver’s version that is capable of 10 atm. Is it due to the bluetooth antenna integration, or something else?

  • PR

    The article is very confusing. You manually set it using something on the back of the watch and then tap the crystal twice to register? What does that even mean. Which part of this watch is this e-crown and what is this “level” on the back.

    Then you say it maintains the time, is this regulating the mechanical movement using atomic time or time from the phone or something else?

    To confuse things even more you say it can be set aside for 3 months and continue where it left off. So the watch would’ve stopped in some arbitrary time, you pick it up and wind it and then do the double tap thing and it moves all the hands to the correct time?

    • Agnar Sidhu

      Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? ?

    • MeaCulpa

      It’s not a “watch”, it’s a “time piece”…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    This brand is like the Marmite of the watch world. You’re either going to love it or hate it.
    I hate it.
    I just can’t see the point of it.
    When people come out with stuff like Ressence is able to step back and look at time-keeping, “in the round,” and The brand name is a portmanteau of “Renaissance” and “essence”, I just glaze over.
    Ridiculously priced for something so boring looking.

    • SuperStrapper

      But hey, I remember a time when you didn’t know what a portmanteau was. And here you are, wielding it like a regular. *brofist*

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  • Joe

    Whilst technically interesting, I don’t see what this is trying to achieve.
    If I want some smartness, I’d get an Apple Watch. For super accuracy I’d go for a bluetooth/GPS/radio-controlled watch, maybe Casio, Seiko Astron or Citizen.

    Otherwise I like my watches to be as innovative as possible mechanically. The mechanics (not electronics) are what make most watches appealing to me and the Ressence is a strange hybrid.

    Whilst Spring Drive and Piaget’s 700P use quartz for their “regulation”, I feel they don’t lose the essence of a mechanical watch – ie increase calculable beats to maximise precision while everything else (including the power source) remain mechanical.

    It’s a shame because Ressence’s other watches (while imo over-priced) are somewhat appealing. This is a departure from that. The poor water resistance is further validation perhaps that this is going in the wrong direction.
    This goes for the rest of their lineup too and I have ETA watches myself but an ETA movement in a $50,000 watch? Really?

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Why? Just why?

  • Independent_George

    I don’t get that hand symbol at the 12 o’clock position. Is there something I am missing?

    • SuperStrapper

      It’s their logo.

  • John Effing Zoidberg

    Is this one not fluid-filled? I feel like that was half the gimmick.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    The dial looks like the dashboard of a car. And like most cars, this watch is fucked up by electronic nonsense.

  • What fresh hell is this?

    I’d like to know how many watches Ressence sells

  • SuperStrapper

    Above all, the watch is incredible. I honestly don’t care about the purist opinion, this is just flat out cool, in concept. I’ve been waiting for this article, and I’m sure (hope) there will be more in this watch/technology to follow.
    This article quote:
    “I take this to mean that the “hands” are engraved into the titanium dial, which if true should lend itself to a very cool three-dimensional look” is worrisome, because the whole point of ressence is a lack of depth. Anyone that does not understand what makes this brand special (or, I guess now what ALSO makes this brand special) I implore you to go and actually see a type 3 in the metal. It is a watchmaking sight to behold, and it is special. The article also mentions a “double domed” sapphire, not so encouraging on that front.
    But, the concept is fantastic, and very well thought out. No point in commenting on pricing: the number is really high, but what are we comparing it to? Nothing apples-to-apples, to be certain.

    • tangible

      but will you BUY it

      • SuperStrapper


  • Swiss_Cheese

    A $50k watch that looks like a smartwatch and, well, is a smart watch, even down to the $200 Garmin-esque aesthetic…

  • That’s some pretty interesting electro-mechanical technology. It will also be interesting to see if the movement can perform properly over an extended length of time. Seems like a lot of things could go wrong, given the complexity of the build. I am impressed, and would be an early adopter if I had an extra fifty grand laying around.

  • Interesting concept I suppose… But I can think of a whole lot of other watches I’d rather have for 50k.

  • The bluetooth is a solution in search of a problem.

  • gadgety

    I’m a sucker for Mintiens’ Ressence watch face. While reinterpreting what a watch face can look like, creating a visual delight, a theater, it still maintains the crucial angle between hour and minute hands making it intuitive to read. The brain is hardwired to read angles, fast, really fast. The Type 3 remains my favorite.

  • Ulysses31

    A very funky watch. I love the profile of this thing. It’s very much a “UFO”, and the added functionality is genuinely useful. More expensive than I would have guessed, though.

  • Seem’s like a pretty interesting watch with electro-mechanical technology, a good looking watch overall,i love it.

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