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Inside the watch is a base automatic movement which, and this should be no surprise, has been heavily modified so as to accommodate the unique dial system. Beyond the way the indications work is another unique feature to Ressence: its movements are operated not through a crown, but by turning the crystal on the case back. Therefore both the winding, and the setting of the movement happens by rotating the crystal to different positions, dedicated to either the winding or the time-setting functions. It is an interesting solution and the fact that it makes for a perfectly rounded, more unique case design definitely justifies the extra effort that it must have taken to create this unique system.
My journey towards full appreciation of haute horology began innocently enough. The first watch I cared about was a Casio calculator in elementary school. I found it cool at that time, not only because it suited my daydreams of being a crewmember on the Enterprise, but also because it gave me the means to cheat in math class. Then came the Timex Expeditions that got me through my middle and high school years (read: when I was still an athlete, and not a beer-gutted journo sitting in my home office, day-in and day-out). My college obsession was the Luminox Navy SEALs diver, which was gifted to me upon graduation. And then, all of a sudden, I started caring about mechanical timepieces.
Unlike ultra-precise chronographs and exotic escapements that use magnets, the Monaco V4 was a rather straight forward proposition. The notion was to build a purely mechanical movement that looked like a car engine and that in some places would use belts as opposed to gears to transmit power. The development of the V4 also led to the development of the tiny belts that went into transmitting power. Much like car engine belts, they are rubber and metal reinforced, and just 0.07mm thin.
The situation was similar with the 1956 Rolex Milgauss– a timepiece they produced in collaboration with the CERN laboratory in Switzerland. The physicists there wanted a magnetically shielded watch that was not susceptible to the magnetic fields created around their particle accelerators. So Rolex created a timepiece for scientists with the Milgauss that was resistant to 1,000 Gauss because of a soft iron core that shielded the movement. For this watch, Rolex wanted something a bit more genteel, yet still a professional watch. The Milgauss more or less had the existing Oyster case, but the dial was inspired by the original Rolex Oyster Perpetual models with a lightning bolt seconds hand.
For those having to deal with such depressing issues, luckily there is an alternative way of keeping your cherished watches safe and close at the same time. The solution comes in the form of luxury safes which incorporate some of the finest materials in their construction and are designed to look unique, aesthetically pleasing and not like the unlawful child of a tank and a fridge. Buben & Zorweg avowedly aspires to create such a blend of security and design that will meet those aforementioned criteria and the expectations of the most discerning buyers. With their new Magnum safe they have followed this goal and styled it to sport a clean and relaxed, sort of an art deco inspired look. All of its surfaces will be covered in materials of the buyer's choice, but on this particular version the hand-crafted housing is done in German bull's neck leather, the interior is covered with the 'finest velour' and polished 'Ebony Grigio' and there is hand-polished stainless steel inlays around the front. All this is lit up by 'state-of-the-art LED lighting with fading technology' to complete the luxurious atmosphere.
On the comfort side, the Hydroscaph case has slightly articulating lug structures. They move a bit with the strap and act to mold to your wrist. Despite a tall profile and relatively large stature, I have to say that the Clerc Hydroscaph is a damn comfortable, albeit large watch. Anyone who is finicky with how their watches wear, should certainly check one of these out.