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So a few Fridays ago I was helping my friend Kyle put a motor back in a four wheeler. After we finished we were just sitting in his garage drinking and he decided we needed to see what was in the attic. These are just some of the fantastic treasures we found. God, we’re such rednecky people.
You ever get fired up about an idea to do something until you realize it’s a completely stupid idea? Like, I see prerunner trucks and I think that’d be awesome to do. And then I realize I live in the Appalachian foothills and there aren’t sand dunes I could even walk on, let alone drive on with in miles upon miles upon miles of here. I mean I guess if you like the look go for it, but I’m more for function. I hate Jeeps that have top of the line rock crawling/off road parts on them that are purely mall crawlers. Different strokes for different folks I guess.
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The Ressence Type 3 is one of the most original and unconventional watches you will ever see. Not only the design but also the way you wind and regulate this watch. For starters, the watch dial chamber is filled with liquid. And there is no crown, as you can see (it is on the back of the case, and only works when you set the watch on its dial). What you can’t see is that, via a carefully designed titanium membrane, the liquid-filled dial is 100% separated from the movement. That’s right — the movement (which is of course responsible for keeping the time), is physically separated from the dial (which of course is responsible for displaying the time). How can this be? Information from the movement is transmitted to the dial indications by micro-magnetic fields. This is what can happen — perhaps only happen — when someone completely outside of the “traditional” watch industry sets forth their own definition of what a wristwatch is and can be. The result — the Ressence Type 3 — is nothing short of spectacular.
The Ressence Type 3 transports time from the dial to the crystal. The orbiting indications reside within a fluid that refracts light like air, so that the indications appear to be displayed directly onto the bubble shaped sapphire crystal. The naphtha-type liquid has a more similar index of refraction to the sapphire crystal than air does, thus enabling the white indicators on the black dial to be “projected” on to the crystal. With the fluid-filled indications, refraction is greatly minimized which tricks the brain into eliminating the impression of depth. A thermostatic valve system allows for any expansion or contraction of the liquid due to the ambient temperature.
Discs displaying hours, minutes, seconds and days revolve under the domed sapphire crystal, while the date is read from the perimeter of the dial via the orange marker at 6 o’clock. The discs constantly revolve, as does the whole dial itself. The dial and indications are curved — shaped like the sapphire crystal — and treated with DLC.
The display system is entirely invented, developed, and patented by Ressence. Mintiens clearly strives — and successfully so — for a pure, minimalistic design. This is evidenced by the lack of traditional hands, lack of crown, and so on. Although the watch is in many ways simplistic, it is simultaneously complex. You have to be taught how to use this watch, how to set it, how to read it, and so on.