To see the wristwatch company Ressence, owned by industrial designer Benoît Mintiens, develop new watches is a privilege. Rather than take the well worn path of refining a complicated movement, Ressence’s effort has been put into a re-interpretation of the traditional analogue display. It employs a particularly ingenious use of magnets to couple the underlying movement with a fluid-filled display mechanism, with a super-conductor to control the magnetic field.
At the end of 2015 Ressence launched their “diver’s watch,” the Type 5. Naturally it includes their trademark liquid-filled disc-on-disc rotating display, the patented ROCS 5 (Ressence Orbital Convex System) in a masterpiece of precision engineering and unconventional logical thought.
In common with the “maker trend,” Ressence have published some detailed renderings of the Type 5 mechanism. Click for the large version. You will know if you are watch geek when the next press is “Set Desktop!” (All photos and graphics copyright 2015 Ressence.)