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Ressence reveals Type 2 e-Crown mechanical watch, pairs with your phone

The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown is the first mechanical watch to pair with a phone. (Source: Ressence)
The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown is the first mechanical watch to pair with a phone. (Source: Ressence)
Ressence has revealed the world's first mechanical watch that is able to pair with a smartphone. The Type 2 e-Crown was developed with the help of Nest co-founder Tony Fadell and is currently being shown as a concept.

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Ressence has revealed its Type 2 e-Crown mechanical watch. Although not quite a smartwatch, it pairs with a smartwatch to constantly keep the correct time in up to two-time zones. It is the first mechanical watch to feature the capability to pair with a smartwatch and represents the changing face of traditional watches trying to stay relevant in the face of a rapidly changing market.

Ressence has teamed with Nest co-founder and the ‘father of the iPod’ Tony Fadell who helped to design the device. It stays powered through kinetic energy as well as through 10 small photovoltaic cells hidden behind the dial. If the device starts to run low on power, tiny shutters open to let light pass through to the cells. The shutters can also be manually opened at any time using the smartphone app.

The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown is currently still a concept although the production version will be ready to hit the market in June. Pricing and regional availability has yet to be announced, but we expect that it won’t exactly be cheap given the design chops sitting beneath the dial.

 

 

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-01-14 (Update: 2018-01-14)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have been particularly interested in all things Apple, but also enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture.