Unveiled at Watches & Wonders 2021 event, the Type 2N ‘Night Blue’ is a latest addition to the Ressence Type 2 collection.
The Type 2N ‘Night Blue’ is the third watch in the Type 2 range, joining the existing ‘Grey’ and ‘Anthracite’ references. Cased in polished grade-five titanium, and with subtly updated colours for the dial typography to match the rich shade of blue, the Type 2N is the most refined and elegant iteration of the Type 2 design.
The Type 2 was first introduced in 2018 as a concept and entered full production the following year, when it made watchmaking history for its use of Ressence’s patented e-Crown functionality.
The success of the e-Crown relies on the harmonious integration of mechanical and electronic elements to ensure that at an instant’s touch, your watch will always be correctly set. The Type 2N combines the beauty and charm of traditional mechanical watchmaking with the reliability of modern technology, and provides a new vision for fine watchmaking in a digital age.
Like all Ressence watches, the Type 2N features a lever set into the caseback which is used to manually set the time. With the use of the e-Crown, which is controlled by tapping on the watch’s crystal, you can ‘store’ the time once set. From now on, no matter how long the watch is left without running, a double tap on the crystal will return it to the correct time.
The system is able to detect when the watch is no longer being worn, and will stop the movement before it exhausts its power reserve, ready to be re-started when you pick it up again. This means you should never need to wind or set the watch again.
The e-Crown also allows a second time zone to be stored, and is equipped with a Bluetooth module to allow control of the time via a smartphone app – particularly useful for frequent travellers. The watch remains entirely independent of the phone, however, and can function without engaging the e-Crown at all. Each of the four e-Crown modes are accessed via tapping the crystal and indicated by a coloured subdial (Time zone 1: green, time zone 2: yellow, Bluetooth app communication: blue and e-Crown off: white arrow).
The Type 2’s e-Crown system is powered by light, thanks to an array of photovoltaic cells concealed beneath the dial, ensuring that its smart functions are as self-sustaining and reliable as the automatic calibre at the heart of the watch.
The Type 2 followed in the footsteps of Ressence’s original design, the Type 1, which introduced the ROCS mechanism and revolutionised the display of information on a watch dial. For the first time, the hours, minutes and seconds were presented in the same flat plane, making it easier and more intuitive to read the time. This was thanks to the ROCS (Ressence Orbital Convex System), an invention years in the making that allows each ‘hand’ to orbit each other in an ever-changing dial, while always maintaining the correct angle between hours and minutes.
• Second time zone
• Mechanical power saver
• Time monitoring
• Patented ROCS 2 – Ressence Orbital Convex System – driven by the minute axle of a specially customised 2892/A caliber
• Caseback winding and time setting via lever
• 36 hours power reserve
• 28,800 vibrations per hour
• 45 jewels
• 37 gears
• 87 components
• 1,8 joules of energy per day
• Four-layered 0,25mm thick flexible custom-built PCB
• Convex grade 5 titanium dial (75mm diameter) with 3 eccentric biaxial satellites inclined at 9.75° (hours) and 17° (seconds and e-Crown selector) on jewel micro-ball bearings (gaps between discs are 35 microns)
• Custom made photovoltaic cells under 10 micro-shutters
• Engraved indications filled with grade A Superluminova
• Grade 5 Titanium
• Double domed sapphire crystal with both sides anti-reflective coating
• 45 mm (diameter) x 12 mm (thickness)
• 1 ATM water-resistance
Buckle & Strap
• Ardillon buckle
• Strap (22/20mm)
• 52 grams
• 49’500 USD – 48’000 CHF – 46’500 EUR