Ressence - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Ressence
    Year: Circa 2015
    Reference No: Type 3
    Case No: 13/50
    Model Name: Le Scaphandrier
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal ROCS 3, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Ressence owner's manual, guarantee card, fitted box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since its creation in 2010, Ressence has continuously surprised collectors with its novel time-telling indication - in a way, the brand has modified our perception of the way time should be read.

    At first glance it seems that there are no moving hands on the dial of the present piece but this horological wonder is a pure marvel of design that shakes the traditional watchmaking codes. Instead of having a dial on which hands would rotate, it is the entire structure of the dial that moves with 4 independent subdials to display hours, minutes, seconds, day of the week and date.

    The Type 3 ups the ante at Ressence with a new system using oil as to do away with the refraction of light giving the impression that the hands are literally floating in mid-air! This impressive result is obtained by the fact that the top half of the watch- between dial and crystal- is filled with oil. The watch furthermore features a magnetic transmission to connect the dry lower half - where the calibre is located - to the oil-filled upper half, as well as seven bellows to compensate for oil volume changes due to temperature variations.

    One will notice as well that there is no visible crown on the watch, either on the case side or back. The caseback itself can be used to set all the functions and to wind the watch.

    Originally the Type 3 pieces needed to have the caseback rotated a certain degree as to select the specific feature (time setting, date, winding and day of the week), the majority of these pieces had this feature modified to a more simple system when the watches came back for servicing, the present Type 3 is one of the very rare examples that have maintained their original setting mechanism.

    Number 13 of a limited edition of 50 pieces the present Ressence Type 3 is a fabulous evolution of a revolutionary timepiece.


Ref. Type 3
An intriguing titanium wristwatch with orbiting hour, day of the week and date, box and warranty, number 13 of a limited edition of 50 pieces

Circa 2015
44mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF37,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022