When it comes to an unconventional approach towards timekeeping there are only a handful of brands that come to mind and Ressence is certainly one of them. The brand’s intriguing display of time through its dynamic dial based upon their ingenious ROCS module makes for a truly fascinating and unique timekeeping experience. During Baselworld 2019 the brand introduced a new blue colorway to its oil-based dive watch the Ressence type 5. So, let’s have a quick look at it.
An oil-filled mechanical watch might sound like a recipe for disaster, but the Ressence 5 showcases that not only is it possible but is also quite practical especially for a dive watch. When underwater any watch irrespective of the price and quality suffers from optical distortion due to air between the crystal and the dial making it difficult to read time at certain angles. The Ressence 5 solves this issue by filling the dial with oil, removing any distortions at any angle making for a highly legible display.
Technological innovation aside the major highlight of this watch is its rich deep blue dial which is inspired by the aquatic surroundings where it naturally belongs. As for the layout, you have the familiar regulator style presentation which uses moving sub dials instead of hands to indicate the time. Powering this watch is the workhorse caliber ETA2824 which has been heavily modified by Ressence to include the Ressence Orbital convex system aka ROCS, a module composed of 142 parts including the main and the sub discs. The case is made out of titanium and is 46mm wide and 15.5mm thick. It is water resistant to 100 meters and features a relatively thin unidirectional bezel with a lume pip on top of the case. Also, similar to any other Ressence model, the case does not have a crown and uses a unique mechanism on the closed case back for winding the movement or setting the time.
In the end, I would like to say that Ressence Type 5 is a truly innovative dive and this new blue color scheme is a great choice for a dive watch. The watch would come attached to a Blue Cordovan strap and would be accompanied by an additional blue rubber strap within the package. The watch would retail at a price of CHF 29,500.