Constantly Spinning Dials Replace Hands on This Sleek Minimal Watch

Ressence is following up on its mesmerizing Type 3 watch—which replaced hands and other visible mechanisms with a series of perpetually spinning dials trapped under a curved water-filled sapphire dome—with the new Type 1 that somehow manages to be even more minimal than last year's model.

The watch's unique approach to displaying the time is still there, providing an endless parade of spinning dials that still make it relatively easy to read even at a quick glance. But the Type 1's gently-curved sapphire crystal now curves and connects directly to the watch's face, eliminating an extra ring of numbers around the circumference.

You can still expect to pay somewhere around $30,000 for the new piece—given that's what the original sold for—but the refinements made for the Type 1 help to further accentuate the simplicity that inspired this unique take on mechanical watches. [Ressence via Time and Watches]


This Water-Filled Watch Mesmerizes With a Face Full Of Spinning Dials

It's hard to innovate on a design as iconic as a classic analog watch face. But Ressence has done just that with its new Type 3 that replaces moving hands with a collection of flush mounted dials that all spin in perfect synchronization to display the time. It's almost like having a three ring circus strapped to your wrist, you never know where to look.

In fact, when you first see the watch in motion—or one of its predecessors as demonstrated in this clip—it's utterly confusing. But when you realize the painted hands indicating the hours, minutes, and seconds always point in the same direction as they would on a traditional watch, you learn to decode the time very quickly.

But that's not the Type 3's only claim to fame. The area between the sapphire and the watch's flat face is completely filled with water which not only magnifies the markings and dials, it also creates an optical illusion that everything is gently curved away from the center, when in reality it's perfectly flat. To own one you'll have to cough up some $30,000, but if you're the type who's completely mesmerized by the complex workings of an analog watch, this should provide endless hours of fascination for you. Oh, and it also tells time.


[Ressence via Hodinkee]