Stefan Sagmeister, a Ressence client, formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. Having been nominated eight times he finally won two Grammies for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne package designs. The Type 3X is part of the Ressence collection X but also of a larger project of Stefan Sagmeister that has to do with long term thinking.
The new date ring around the dial is composed of 280 coloured lines: 140 blue lines and 140 orange lines. An overlayed grid allows the user to see only one of both colours at once. So you have Blue days and Orange days. Each day at midnight the colour changes from orange to blue or from blue to orange. One of these 140 lines has an inversed colour. So if 139 lines are orange – one will be blue. This inverted coloured line indicates the day of the month and rotates around the dial in 30 days. So if the inverted mark is positioned at 15’, the user understands quickly that ¼ of the month has passed. The utilization of the date mechanism into a loop of changing colours is an attempt to remind the wearer to look at the world not one day at a time, but from a much longer point of view.
Winner of the 2013 GPHG award, The Type 3 is the first ever oil-filled mechanical watch. A true achievement in Fine Watchmaking, the Type 3 is designed with a “water drop” dial effect in order to achieve crystal-clear dial legibility for the wearer. Ressence ingeniously designed a two-chamber system inside the Type 3 and a magnetic transmission to connect the two. The lower chamber is comprised of the customized automatic movement and the upper chamber is hermetically-sealed with the 215 components ROCS display module bathing in oil.