Ressence Launches Type 2N ‘Night Blue’

Ressence has launched the latest addition to its groundbreaking Type 2 collection, the Type 2N ‘Night Blue’, as part of Watches & Wonders 2021.

The Type 2N ‘Night Blue’ becomes 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 e-Crown system seeks to update the traditional functions of a mechanical watch’s crown for the 21st century and grew out of a simple idea: what if you could trust and rely on your mechanical watch just as you would your phone?

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. Electronics may have been seen as incompatible with fine watchmaking since the Quartz Crisis, but Ressence shows that they can be used to augment the performance of your watch, while the timekeeping remains entirely mechanical. Thus 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.

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