Reservoir Supercharged Classic

Angus Davies gets hands-on with the Reservoir Supercharged Classic

This detailed review of the Reservoir Supercharged Classic includes live pictures, specification and pricing.

Reservoir Supercharged Classic - watch with jumping hours, retrograde minutes and power reserve indicator

Like most alpha males, I enjoy squeezing the throttle of a high-performance car and rushing towards the horizon with great alacrity. Indeed, there is nothing more intoxicating than watching the needle of the rev counter hit the redline before a higher gear is engaged and huge accelerative forces, once again, impose their will on the driver’s torso.

Reservoir clearly understands the appeal of instruments, cars and the arcing trajectory of a single hand hunting the redline. The dial of the brand’s Supercharged Classic emulates the rev counter found in a car and is marked 0 to 60. Its design is unusual in the field of watchmaking, yet, courtesy of our exposure to cars, strangely familiar.

Recently, I had the opportunity to take this new timepiece from Reservoir for a spin and observe its octane-rich dial at close quarters.

The dial

The creamy-white dial of the Reservoir Supercharged Classic exudes a clean, almost clinical appearance. The dial is crisp and fresh with each element simple to see. The jumping hour display sits below the fulcrum of the dial. White numerals are presented on a black disc, providing a wonderful contrast with the main dial epidermis. Each hour, the black disc rotates and the hour jumps within a blink of an eye. There is no hesitation, the changing hour is instantaneous.

Reservoir Supercharged Classic - watch with jumping hours, retrograde minutes and power reserve indicator

The minutes are depicted on an arcing scale, marked with double-digit values and featuring 30 second integers. Each 10-minute integer is denoted with a black triangle, aiding ease of understanding. The slender hand points to the prevailing minute with laser-like accuracy, aiding ease of interpretation.

Although the display of the Supercharged Classic is unusual in the sphere of horology, our familiarity with car instrumentation makes the dial intuitive to use.

An aperture between 5 and 7 o’clock resembles a fuel gauge and displays the status of the power reserve. Again, it is the close resemblance to a car instrument which makes the indication instinctual.

The case

Presented in 316L stainless steel, the Reservoir Supercharged Classic is delivered in arguably one of the most practical materials. Indeed, it is strong, corrosion resistant and much lighter than noble metals.

Reservoir Supercharged Classic - watch with jumping hours, retrograde minutes and power reserve indicator

This particular case is 43mm in diameter, proffering broad appeal. The case thickness of 13mm could not be described as ultra-thin but the watch does sit unobtrusively beneath a shirt cuff.

Reservoir has expertly blended different surface finishes to deliver an agreeable appearance. The case-band and lugs are satin-brushed, while the bezel and case-back are highly polished. The mixture of surface finishes confers a sense of quality, a trait this watch exudes from every pore of its being.

My press loan was supplied on a NATO strap, however, the watch is also offered with a black leather strap paired with a ‘butterfly folding clasp’. Personally, I like the NATO strap, appreciating its two-tone weave and informal appearance.

The movement

The Reservoir Supercharged Classic is equipped with the venerable ETA 2824-2. In addition, Reservoir has ‘joined forces with one of the best-known Swiss watchmakers, specialised in designing high complication movements’. This collaboration has led to the creation of a 97-part proprietary module.

Reservoir Supercharged Classic - watch with jumping hours, retrograde minutes and power reserve indicator

The jumping hour worked faultlessly while in my possession. Likewise, the minute hand traversed the dial flawlessly. When the minute hand reaches ’60’ it returns to ’00’ at lightning speed and the hour disc jumps instantaneously with a reassuring click. Cleverly, if the wearer is adjusting the time and they turn the crown clockwise, causing the minute hand to reach ’00’, the hand will not go beyond this value, e.g. ‘-05’ is not possible, as the hand temporarily disengages, thereby protecting the mechanism.

Reservoir has equipped the Supercharged Classic with an exhibition case-back, granting sight of the automatic movement within. The oscillating mass features a sun-ray motif. The rest of the movement lacks any additional embellishment. This is not surprising given the keen price of £3500 (RRP as at 14.11.2017) and the number of complications provided.

The balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 25 jewels. The power reserve is 34 hours. While this may not sound very much it must be remembered that both the retrograde minutes and jumping hours are thirsty complications, quaffing lots of energy in normal use. However, assuming the watch is worn, the modest power reserve is of little consequence.

Closing remarks

I have worn the Reservoir Supercharged Classic for a few days and appreciate its clean and unique dial design. The svelte red-tipped minute hand and jumping hour disc collaborate faultlessly to impart the time. There is no ambiguity, everything is clear. Indeed, I found the display intuitive to read and appreciated that there was no need to ‘familiarise’ oneself with the dial topography. Furthermore, the addition of a fuel-gauge power reserve indicator augments the appeal of this handsome timepiece.

The scale of the watch proffers universal appeal, proving neither too large nor too small. It is constructed of 316L stainless steel, a highly practical metal, and blends polished and satin-brushed surfaces to eye-catching effect.

The movement within the Reservoir Supercharged Classic is impressive. It is not the last word in haute horlogerie and there is little finishing to speak of, however, based on the combination of complications and the price, this timepiece is very appealing.

Further information

Technical specification

  • Model: Reservoir Supercharged Classic
  • Case: 316L Stainless steel; diameter 43mm; height 13mm; sapphire crystal to front and case-back; water resistant to 5 ATM (50 metres)
  • Functions: Jumping hours; retrograde minutes; power-reserve indicator
  • Movement: ETA 2824-2 with additional module; Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 VpH (4Hz); 25 jewels; power reserve 34 hours
  • Strap: NATO strap with pin buckle
  • Price: £3500 inc VAT (RRP as at 14.11.2017)

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