Jul 26, 2016

Just discovered the magic of Ressence Watches

Out of my price range, but that doesn't mean I can't drink in the movement.

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I've also been following this brand for a while. One of the very unique boutique brand doing very different things.

MikeMD, care to share more about your thought on the movement in this watch?
nelson
The biggest issue is the $20k+ price and their use of a basic, modified Swiss movement. For that amount of money you should be getting the (great) design and an in-house movement. Just my opinion though.
MikeMD
There are a lot $20k+, even $50k+ ETA 2824-2 watches. In most cases while the base movement is the same, the attention to detail for the movement is what separates a < $1,000 Hamilton from a > $80k Christiaan van der Klaauw. In this case, the base movement is a spectacular workhorse that can meet COSC that allows for the innovation that sits on top of it. If it had an in house movement (which isn't necessarily better, and I can think of several that aren't as good as a 2824-2) then the price would go up accordingly.
I've been on these for years! But the movement actually isn't that great IMO.....
MikeMD
The Ressence is based on the ubiquitous ETA 2824-2, but it's modified extremely heavily. The 2824-2 is not inherently a regulator movement, they fitted magnets onto the gear trains to carry the various subdials as the time progresses. Ressence also completely removed the winding stem/crown, and you set the time by rotating the caseback (at least in the case of the Type 3 and onwards, as far as I know).

I think this is an example of a watch that punches above its base movement, the technology that lives in the watch are what justify its price in my eyes.

Hodinkee did a better job of describing the Type 3 than I ever could:
https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/in-depth-the-ressence-type-3
Smooth like butter
oof $21k
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