Stephen Pulvirent, writing for Hodinkee:
Working with Tony Fadell (who you might know as the designer of
the iPod, the founder of Nest, and a noted Talking Watches
guest), Ressence has gone a few steps further than anyone
else thinking in this direction. The idea is that you initially
set the Type 2 e-Crown Concept using the mechanical mechanism on
the watch’s rear, and then you never need to touch that again
(unless you want to, of course — this is a mechanical watch and
that system will always work). After that, you can use a paired
down iPhone app to adjust to one of two timezones and you can have
the watch automatically reset to the correct time after its power
reserve winds down. The details have all been thought through as
well, with the intermediary mechanism powering itself both
kinetically and through 10 tiny photovoltaic cells hidden behind
the dial. If you don’t wear the watch and the battery runs below
50%, 10 little shutters open up to reveal the cells and gather
light for energy (you can also open these manually via the app).
The watch even automatically adjusts for Daylight Savings time, so
no worries there either.
It’s a mechanical watch with a super-low-power electronic system to keep the watch time in sync and communicate with a phone app. I’m generally reluctant to link to “concept designs”, but I suspect this one will ship, and Fadell’s involvement certainly increases my interest.
Here’s Ressence’s own description of their e-Crown system. Ressence, if you’re not a watch nerd, is a fascinating company making truly innovative watches. But they’re rather pricy — the gorgeous Type 3 carries a suggested retail price of CHF 33,500 (about $35,000 USD).
★ Friday, 19 January 2018