RESSENCE TYPE 3
Dark Matter
by ED ESTLOW    photos by ERIC YANG






It's not often that a timepiece takes full advantage of the laws of modern physics, optics, and spherical geometry -- which, when you think about it, is an odd combination to even address in a timepiece. But the Ressence Type 3  is just such a piece, giving scientists and engineers everywhere a reason to stare.


The Type 3's timekeeping movement -- a highly modified ETA 2824 -- is separated from the hermetically sealed time-indicating module by a wall of titanium. The only communication between the two is via micro-magnetic fields that drive the time-indicating elements. These elements, meanwhile, are sealed inside a dome-shaped sapphire crystal filled with naphtha, a liquid with a refractive index similar to sapphire. This has the overall effect of making the markings that indicate time and date appear to be on the surface of the crystal, not beneath it. Ask your neighborhood ophthalmologist to explain it to you. 




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The display of time and date under the sapphire crystal is accomplished with rotating "disks". The portion taking up the largest chunk of real estate indicates minutes. There are three sub-dials within the large dial, each with two independently rotating components. One indicates hours, one indicates seconds, and one indicates day of the week (with 0 for weekend days and 1 for weekdays). Concentric chapter rings for minute (stationary) and date (rotating) surround the dial at the outer edge (if you want to better understand all these elements rotating in harmony to indicate the time, there is an iPhone app available). The Type 3 has no crown: a gravitational gearing system makes it possible to wind the watch by flipping it over and turning the case back. 


If that all sounds complex, it's because it is. Just to drive the display, the watch uses 28 gears and 57 jewels. Combined with the timekeeping movement, the watch has a total of 407 components. Take into account that only 50 are being made worldwide, and you'll begin to understand that mind-numbing price tag. The Ressence Type 3 isn't just a timepiece -- it's scientific art. It's groundbreaking horology. It's an engineer's dream and a scientist's delight. Rich nerds everywhere, rejoice! 


$34,600, ressence.eu




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STATEMENT

Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope. 


The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.



METHODOLOGY


The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.


THE CATEGORIES


Motoring   Watches   Style   Technology   Sports   Outdoors   Home   Spirits

WRITERS


Jeremy Berger

Ben Bowers

Alex Bracetti
Nick Caruso
Ed Estlow
Jon Gaffney
Jonathan Gallegos
K.B. Gould
Bradley Hasemeyer
Jason Heaton
Mike Henson
Amos Kwon
Matt Neundorf
Scott Packard
Austin Parker
Henry Phillips
Peter Saltsman
Chris Wright
Eric Yang


CREDITS

Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang
Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang
Special Thanks to BraunScroll Kit and Say Media

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