A tricky, unconventional, and extremely fun diver’s watch by the relatively new watch brand.
The French watchmaking company Reservoir has been around for just a couple of years, and looks like it was quite enough for articulating the brand’s DNA. In short, it’s all about the one-pointer moving from-left-to-right indication aesthetics, seen on various dashboards or cockpits: speedometers, tachometers, that kind of stuff. In case of the Hydrosphere Blackfin, the inspiration was clearly a divers pressure gauge. In the form of a watch, this single hand becomes – you’ve guessed it – retrograde minutes. The jumping hour window at 6 o’clock mimics the mileage indicator, while the power reserve clearly resembles the full-empty gasoline scale.
Despite all the tricky complications of its automatic movement, the Reservoir Hydrosphere Blackfin gets all the essential diving functions checked. The massive 45 mm steel case is complimented by a unidirectional ceramic rotating bezel with a double scale – because the minute indication is not circular, there are two modes to set it, depending on where the retrograde hand currently is. With a solid screwed caseback and the screw-down crown, the piece rocks a 250-meter water resistance rating. There’s even a helium valve here. The Hydrosphere Blackfin comes on a steel bracelet with the additional rubber strap. Both are fixed right to the caseback itself with no lugs involved, so the circular case shape remains totally intact.
The price of the Reservoir Hydrosphere Blackfin is $4,300. And if black dials are not your thing, check out the blue and white variants of the very same watch. For some reasons they bear a slightly different names – the Hydrosphere Blue Hole and the Hydrosphere Air Gauge respectively.
Oct. 25, 2019