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.
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!
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.
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