Winner of the Horological Revelation award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2013, the TYPE 3 best represents RESSENCE’s fine-watchmaking philosophy - a balance of technological innovation, mechanical complexity and timeless design. The TYPE 3 represents an intellectual approach born of the key tenets of industrial design and aiming towards the deconstruction of the traditional watch. This approach is characterised by the elimination of both standard watch hands and crown - the entire case back is used to wind and set the mechanism - the minimization of the case (2mm thick) and the maximization of legibility thanks to oil filled technology. For 2016 RESSENCE offers a new version of this iconic model with a deep blue dial. The colour of the night sky is a nod towards its distinctive display comprising several discs - rotating like moons in orbit around a planet.
The TYPE 3 builds on the unique patented complication RESSENCE introduced in 2010 with its ZERO SERIES. The ROCS, or Ressence Orbital Convex System, initiated a new, more intuitive way of reading the time without the use of traditional hands. Rather sub-dial discs continually revolve, as does the main disc into which they are set. They are an integral part of the curved dial and their graphs appear to be projected onto the top crystal as if onto a screen.
RESSENCE introduced its oil-filled technology with the TYPE 3, a true world first in mechanical horology. The entire upper half is filled with 35.7 ml of oil to obtain a never-before-seen visual effect – as if the dial was seen through a drop of water. One result is superior legibility. Refraction typically distorts perception. Here, because oil and glass share very similar responses to refraction, the eye is tricked into momentarily losing its depth perception. The result is that the watch's dial seems ever closer, vision of it apparently unimpeded by glass at all.
TYPE 3 cleverly compensates for the fact that the oil’s volume in the watch will fluctuate with temperature. The watch is therefore fitted with a system of seven small bellows. These compress when, with rising temperature, the oil volume increases, or expand if the temperature drops and the volume decreases - the result perfectly stabilises the fit of the oil within the watch. The system is indirectly connected to the oil temperature gauge on the dial - so the TYPE 3 owner can see a representation of the bellows capacity in action.
The TYPE 3’s case comprises not one but two curved sapphire crystal glasses connected by a 2mm wide grade 5 titanium band. As a consequence of this curvature, the watch sits only on the middle of the wrist which, together with the watch's lightweight character, ensures great comfort for the wearer.
TYPE 3N is a blue dial limited edition of 50 pieces.
The current collection includes three versions:
- TYPE 3B - titanium black dial, polished titanium case
- TYPE 3BB "All Black" - titanium black dial, black DLC titanium case
- TYPE 3S - sandblasted titanium dial, polished titanium case
Runner (360 Seconds)
Patented ROCS 3 - Ressence Orbital Convex System - driven by the minute axle of a specially customised 2824/2 calibre
Caseback winding and time setting
Compensating Bellow System for the oil (7 Bellows)
36 hours power reserve
28,800 vibrations per hour
Convex grade 5 titanium dial (125mm radius) with 4 eccentric biaxial satellites inclined at 3° (hours), 4.75° (week days and thermal gauge) and 6.25° (runner)
Engraved indications filled with Superluminova
Grade 5 titanium
Two separate sealed chambers with the upper one filled with 35.7 ml of oil
Domed sapphire crystals top and bottom with both sides anti-reflective coating
44mm (diameter) x 15 mm (thickness)
3 ATM water-resistance
Buckle & Strap
Ardillon Buckle in grade 5 titanium
TYPE 3N : 37.500 EUR (20% VAT included)
TYPE 3B, BB & S: 36.500 EUR (20% VAT included)
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