Final yr, on the SIHH 2018, Ressence launched one thing very particular! Whereas the model has been all about mechanical modules that show the time in a really distinctive manner, the Ressence Sort 2 added some linked functionalities to the package deal – no worries, it has nothing to do with a step counter or a dialog with a telephone. It was distinctive, unprecedented and (very) intelligent. This watch options an “e-Crown”, making it the primary self-setting mechanical watch (and sure, Sensible-Tech could make sense). After the preliminary idea, right here is the ultimate model of the Ressence Sort 2 e-Crown, now with an anthracite case and varied updates.
The bottom idea
The crown, a mechanism to wind and to regulate watches, was invented by Adrien Philippe (co-founder together with Antoni Patek of Patek Philippe) in 1842 and has been an unchallenged normal ever since! We use it with out considering to wind the motion or to regulate the time. It has turn out to be so pure that nobody even thought that it might be challenged someday. Nevertheless, Ressence doesn’t suppose this manner. The Sort 2’s e-Crown options chips and connectivity, nevertheless it additionally depends on a mechanical motion. So that you received’t speak to your watch as a telephone or have a look at Instagram pictures. The linked half serves the watch to make it extra user-friendly, smarter in the event you like.
The unique Ressence e-Crown Idea watch.
The primary thought of Ressence with the e-Crown Idea is to revolutionize the way in which we work together with the watch by really eradicating the primary half we work together with: the crown. How? By avoiding the necessity to modify the watch. The e-Crown Idea makes positive your watch is all the time on time, on the proper time. It options good applied sciences and connectivity, however not for apps. The Ressence Sort 2 continues to be mechanical, nonetheless includes a steadiness and an escapement, nonetheless includes a mechanical show of the time, but it provides a layer to the signature Ressence idea – a mechanical motion with a show module on prime named ROCS.
In brief, it’s a expertise, developed by Ressence, that replaces the crown’s operate with an automatic set-up system. It routinely units and adjusts your mechanical watch to the fitting time, rendering the crown out of date. How does it work? The e-Crown Idea is an electro-mechanical embedded system that’s positioned between the mechanical base motion and the in-house ROCS module. It replaces the standard crown’s setup features of a mechanical watch.
For Ressence, the e-Crown “acts as an electro-mechanical help the identical manner an automatic gearbox does in a automotive”. Initially, to reassure those that are allergic to smartwatches, the e-Crown could be switched on or off with out affecting the watch. The watch can run in full mechanical mode powered by its mechanical base motion. In comparison with a Ressence Sort 1, it provides an additional layer, as an illustration of the symbiosis between old-school watchmaking and cutting-edge expertise.
Positioned in-between the mechanical motion (low stage) and the ROCS show module (prime stage) is the e-Crown, an electro-mechanical cluster composed of 87 elements. The module is a four-layered zero.25mm thick versatile custom-built PCB that carries and connects all of the elements. Being extraordinarily small and having a really low energy consumption posed two challenges to the designers. Power is offered to the module by photovoltaic cells. When required, triple-junction photovoltaic cells, hidden behind the dial, will use the skin gentle as an vitality supply. The module is, subsequently, self- adequate.
What does this e-Crown do? First, it registers the time set manually by way of the caseback lever. It turns into the reference time for future monitoring, automated setting and adjusting. At the very least as soon as a day, the e-Crown displays the time indicated on the dial. The disc’s positions will then be adjusted routinely (if wanted) so long as the motion of the watch is working. When the watch isn’t worn, and the motion stops, it’ll put itself into sleep mode and get up as quickly because the watch is again on the wrist. It would then routinely reset the mechanical watch to the fitting time (primarily based on the registered time). It’s activated and managed by tapping the glass.
The magic doesn’t cease right here because the e-Crown additionally embraces connectivity. Ressence developed the e-Crown® app to succeed in an unseen stage of comfort and modernity. Utilizing Bluetooth to hook up with the module, the app shows a scroll-down record of cities to select from, however most significantly permits a number of time zone settings, correct to the second.
Ressence Sort 2, new design and updates
Final yr’s model was nonetheless an idea mannequin, on which changes have been required – primarily on the tech half, because the mechanical module was already acquainted and dependable. Being model new and proprietary expertise, Ressence wanted an additional yr to regulate its copy – however now, it is able to be shipped and worn.
First issues first, the design has (barely) advanced, with a brand new darkish gray PVD coating on the case and a black dial, as an alternative of the complete titanium scheme. Observe second lighter-coloured model will even be obtainable. The case respects it fashionable, angle-free form, with very affordable dimensions – 45mm in diameter that wears like 42mm and solely 12mm in top.
The remaining evolutions are primarily based on the features and interplay between the mechanics and the linked module. As you may see, extra apertures have been added to the dial, into the hour sub-counter. Beneath, further photovoltaic cells present extra vitality to the watch. The others, which already existed on the idea model, are nonetheless hidden between shifting “vents” that open when vitality is required. This was completed as a result of the kinetic vitality provide offered to the e-Crown by an oscillating mass, has been eliminated – the cells have been, in truth, much more environment friendly on this case.
Lastly, an additional operate has been added when the watch goes into “sleep mode”. After 12 hours of inactivity, the idea watch would cease to save lots of the electrical vitality. Now, a brand new mechanism has been added to dam the barrel. So, when the watch goes into sleep mode, the linked half stops and the barrel stops concurrently, regardless of the remaining torque. Because of this once you “get up” the watch, even after weeks of inactivity, you solely should double faucet on it to make it work once more – activating each the digital elements in addition to the mechanical half, because the barrel is launched with some vitality in it. And that’s very intelligent.
The Ressence Sort 2 e-Crown will probably be launched formally on the SIHH 2019 in a number of days, and we’ll be certain that to return to this matter in a extra detailed article with hands-on expertise and our ideas after enjoying with it. Worth will probably be CHF 42,500 (taxes excluded). Extra particulars at ressence.com.