RESERVOIR’s New Kanister Collection Is Pure Auto-Inspired Wrist Theater
French watchmaker RESERVOIR’s game-changing take on telling time enters a new era. Its Swiss Made watches — that read more like dynamic instrumentation than fussy horology — are perfectly engineered for fans of vintage speedsters.
A RESERVOIR watch just moves, and moves nicely. Three core re-envisioning design innovations create that sense of movement. A power indicator at 6 o’clock provides an attractive take on a fuel gauge. The two-digit “jumping” hours window on the lower half of the dial snaps away each hour with a bit of dramatic eye candy.
But it is the timepieces’ single hand, a retrograde minutes counter that rides from what would traditionally be about 8 o’clock to about 4 o’clock, that gives the wearer an hourly piece of velocity to look forward to. As the single hand finishes counting the hour, it snaps back to the 00 position in a flash (so fast, in fact, it can be hard to tell which direction it flies).
Jump to It
I have to admit, as a fan of driving and aviation, and diving and drinking, this kind of “bar moment” watch action gives me the feels. But RESERVOIR’S innovative, techy/gauge-y recast of how you tell your time, via its unique 124-component ETA 2824-2 movement, has natural design affinities for any activities that involve instrumentation: civil and military aviation, aeronautics, diving and maritime, and, of course, cars and motorsports.
Classic is as Classic Jumps
In the new RESERVOIR Kanister timepiece collection, fans of iconic mid-century open-road speedsters get their colorful, dynamic due. Clean, legible index and date window fonts mimic speedometers and odometers of the era. And added pastel green “sweet spot” and red index gradations define a decidedly speedo/tachometric blended approach to the single hand’s minute-counting action.
All of this leads to the “speed-shifty” reset of the retrograde indicator when those 60 minutes are up. A similarly green/red “fuel gauge” keeps you in the loop on remaining power, which starts off at 37 hours, and a plump, textured leather strap bows to the bucket seats of those vintage speedsters. Framed by a nicely polished grade 5 titanium case, the RESERVOIR Kanister ticks all the boxes on vintage motoring appeal, while still delivering a very modern, precise, and reliable oscillation of 28,800 alt/h (or, vibrations per hour).
Pricing & Availability
The RESERVOIR Kanister 41.5mm timepiece is offered in two presentation-boxed reference numbers. Reference RSV01.KN/433-BK1, which includes the watch on a black-with-black stitching leather strap and an additional color-matched green-on-black NATO fabric strap, lists for $4,150.
Reference RSV01.KN/433-BK4 includes the watch on a black-with-black stitching leather strap and three additional quick-swap colored leather straps: black with green stitching, vibrant red (dubbed the Santa strap), and light brown/tan (dubbed the Havana strap). That version lists for $4,350. The new Kanister products are available to order at RESERVOIR retailers and on the RESERVOIR website today.