The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown®
January 25, 2018
Type 2 e-Crown® Concept
Introducing the first self-setting mechanical watch ever.
The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown® Concept watch showcases the tremendous potential of its automated time setting technology called e-Crown. With its redefined patented dial system (ROCS), lightweight titanium construction, and sleek design, the Type 2 e- Crown® Concept watch is at the fore-front of modern fine-watchmaking. The watch illustrates Ressence’s vision on advanced fine-watchmaking by previewing its upcoming Type 2.
“Fine-watchmaking must embrace new technologies to bring back functionality and excitement for the new generations.”
Tony Fadell, iPod inventor, Nest founder and Ressence tech coach.
“The best way to envision the future of fine-watchmaking is by creating it.”
Benoît Mintiens, Ressence founder and creative mind.
Effortless. Magical. Mechanical.
Just set once the time of your Type 2 e-Crown® Concept via the lever on the case back and you are ready to go. No need to think about setting or adjusting your watch anymore, the Type
2 e-Crown® Concept does it for you. And when operating, the e-Crown® technology, combined with the Ressence display by discs, is simply magical. The main disc, as well as the auxiliary discs, revolve effortlessly and automatically, behaving like fast-forwarded moons around a planet. The Type 2 e-Crown® Concept, a 500 components mechanical wonder, truly offers the ultimate 21st century horological experience.
A new generation of Ressence. Thinner. Lighter. Refined.
The Type 2 e-Crown® Concept introduces an all‑new generation of ROCS, which stands for Ressence Orbital Convex System. Fully designed and developed in-house, this unique horological module is composed of grade 5 Titanium co-planar discs and rings of different sizes that are spherical with a radius of 75mm (like a tennis ball). Each of the time indications of the Type 2 e-Crown® Concept is generated by the ROCS from the information provided by the automatic base movement. On Type 2 e-Crown® Concept, all discs are mounted on jewel micro-ball bearings for a slimmer architecture and the gaps between the discs are reduced to
35 microns for a seamless design.
Ultimate user convenience & performance.
The Type 2 e-Crown® Concept is the Ressence of many firsts but one in particular. It is equipped with e-Crown®: An in-house electro-mechanical embedded system capable of registering, monitoring, adjusting and most importantly setting the time of the Type 2 e- Crown® Concept without human intervention. It is essential to notice that the Type 2 e- Crown® Concept is a cognitive mechanical watch, meaning the watch learns the time you set and does not rely on external signals (such as radio or gps).
e-Crown® does not only replace the crown but exceed it in terms of convenience and
performance. It is controlled by simply tapping the glass of the Type 2 e-Crown® Concept. A double tap awakes the embedded system while a single tap pilots the selector in the mode menu. Located on a sub-disc, the selector always indicates in what mode you are in. You can set and display two time zones manually via the lever on the case-back or connect via Bluetooth with the e-Crown® app.
App enabled. Trustworthy. Precise.
The e-Crown® app is not compulsory but brings the Type 2 e-Crown® Concept to an unseen level of ease and avant-gardism. Instead of manually setting the time zones, the app offers you a geolocation and a drop-down menu of cities. You can then choose, pre-set and finally send the time zones information to the Type 2 e-Crown® Concept. Accurate to the second, it has never been more user-friendly to change time zones on a fully mechanical watch. If set via the app, the Type 2 e-Crown® Concept will even change winter or summer time automatically. Furthermore, the e-Crown® app offers you the comfort of being notified when to service your watch as it will monitor the accuracy on a daily basis.
The Type 2 e-Crown® Concept is a fully self-sufficient mechanical watch relying on two natural sources of energy: Wrist movement and outside light. The automatic base movement is powered by a self-winding rotor while the e-Crown® is powered by a kinetic generator and photovoltaic cells. The kinetic generator, made of grade 5 Titanium, surrounds the base movement and has its own barrel. The custom-build and developed triple junction photovoltaic cells are hidden under 10 micro-shutters (one shutter measures 2x3mm) located around the selector sub-disc. They will open automatically when the energy balance is low and can be controlled via the app.
One watch, three ways to use it.
The Type 2 e-Crown® Concept capabilities and experience vary according to the way you use it. In full e-Crown® mode (e-Crown® + App setting) your watch is set and adjusted to the second by your smart-phone. In semi e-Crown® mode (e-Crown® + Manual setting) your watch is set and adjusted to the minute. In mechanical mode (no e-Crown® + Manual setting) your watch is running without any assistance, like in the “good” old days of traditional fine- watchmaking.
Sophistication for the modern gentleman.
Although strikingly innovative, the new electro-mechanical technologies implemented are, as always with Ressence, relegated behind the scenes. What is more important is the sensation of the user on looking at and touching a watch that seems to project the temporal indications onto the glass. The Type 2 e-Crown® Concept is Ressence’s answer on how to improve the mechanical watch of today by incorporating technologies of tomorrow.
*The Type 2 in its production version will be available in stores as of June 2018.