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Reservoir: The New Time Measurement Dial

Reservoir Longbridge on wrist of driver

The Reservoir Longbridge was inspired by the dashboard dial of 1960s Mini Coopers.

Many watchmakers have taken their inspiration from cars, planes, and submarines, but none have translated this inspiration onto a timepiece quite like Reservoir.

Each watch bearing the Reservoir name features a central retrograde minute hand, jumping hour at 6 o’clock, and a power reserve spanning 7 o’clock to 5 o’clock. While the configuration of its functions is a departure from the conventional three-hand dial, it isn’t altogether unfamiliar. All their designs are nods to specific measurement dials from yesteryear.

Tiefenmesser Soldier View
GT Tour Soldier View
Hydrosphere Soldier View
L-R: GT Tour, Tiefenmesser, Hydrosphere

Their sports watch, the GT Tour, for example, was inspired by the RPM counter of 1970s Porches. But instead of having the numbers zero to eight, the numbers on the timepiece dial are zero to six.

The Tiefenmesser was modeled after the depth gauge found in World War II U-Boats. Watches from this collection are available in steel and bronze, which were both materials used to make the original German submarine.

The Hydrosphere is the brand’s proprietary dive watch and resembles scuba diving pressure gauges. Waterproof up to 250 meters and equipped with a ceramic uni-directional rotating bezel, its unique design and functionality got it onto the shortlist for dive watches at the most recent Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve.

Getting shortlisted for what is essentially the Oscars of the watchmaking industry is no small feat. And it is made all the more impressive considering how Reservoir is a new watch brand that launched just barely over two years ago.

The design of the Reservoir watch is the brainchild of career banker François Moreau, who married his passion for vintage measurement gauges with his passion for fine watchmaking in 2015. Partnering with fellow watch enthusiasts François Nakkachdji, François-Marie Neycensas and Guillaume de Bonvouloir, the team found a Swiss watchmaker who could create and assemble the movement that would bring their concept to life. In 2017, the brand joined Baselworld for the first time to present prototypes of their watches and to collect feedback, and now, two years later, the brand is now available in locations around the world.

Francois Nakkachdji discussing Reservoir watch
Reservoir Business Developer Francois Nakkachdji discussing Reservoir

The Philippines is officially the 19th location, and for the launch, Business Developer François Nakkachdji flew into Metro Manila to present their timepieces at an intimate press launch at Raffles, Makati. Explaining Reservoir’s three mainstay complications, Nakkachdji told the audience, “The retrograde minute hand, jumping hours, and power reserve are all sought after in the horological industry. They are usually the mark of haute horology, but Reservoir is the first to put them together at an affordable price, for every day wear.”

Asked for the reasoning behind the name Reservoir, Nakkachdji said, “Reservoir means ‘oil tank’ in French. And, of course, the oil tank is the link between cars, aeronautics, and marine vehicles.” As for the logo, he went on to say, “You see the little red square—it’s actually taken from the marks on the side of jerrycans.” And jerrycans, of course, were reservoirs.

Lucerne is the exclusive distributor of Reservoir in the Philippines, and the watches will soon be available at L’Atelier Lucerne in Bonifacio Global City.

Lucerne Ivan Yao and Reservoir Francois Nakkachdji
Lucerne Managing Director Ivan Yao (left) and François Nakkachdji (right) at the Reservoir press launch.

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