WatchTime Live is less than two weeks away, and in anticipation of the upcoming online event, we’re taking a look at some of the featured watches from our participating brands. Today, we’re focusing in on the new Supercharged Sport Red Zone II from Reservoir, a new sports watch inspired by vintage cars and dashboard instruments. Like all models within the Supercharged collection, the Sport Red Zone II features retrograde minutes, jumping hours, and a power-reserve indicator, together offering a fascinating, racing-inspired design with a unique timekeeping style.
The watch’s 43-mm polished and brushed steel case has large, sharp lugs, and a prominent smooth bezel. A nonreflective sapphire crystal protects the matte black dial, whose aforementioned white retrograde minute counter curves around the upper two-thirds of its face. This aspect of the dial takes its inspiration from RPM dashboard counters, complete with a 0-to-60 Arabic numeral scale. Between the 50- and 60-minute mark is the “Red Zone” indicator — marking the critical 10 minutes before the next hour and visually recalling the maximum RPM in an automobile; as the red-tipped minute hand reaches the 60-minute mark, it snaps back to zero to begin recording the next hour.
The bottom third of the dial hosts the watch’s two other major complications. At the very bottom is a three-dimensional power-reserve display echoing a car’s fuel gauge, with “E” for empty, “1/2” for half-full, and “F” for full. Directly above the power-reserve, a window for the jumping hour display resembles a car’s miles-traveled meter, flipping to the next hour numerals at the same moment the minute hand “maxes out” at 60 and snaps back.
As the watch hosts some interesting and uncommon complications, it requires a similarly interesting and uncommon movement. The new Supercharged, like previous models in the Reservoir collection, uses a modified ETA 2824-2 caliber, enhanced with an in-house-made, 124-piece module to translate the mechanism’s traditional timekeeping into the jumping hour and retrograde display. As this modular version requires slightly more energy to operate than a standard ETA 2824-2, the power reserve is marked at 37 hours rather than the complete 38 hours of a non-modulated movement. The automatic caliber is partially visible via a sapphire caseback, with the partial display mirroring the two-thirds design of the minute ring on the dial.
The Reservoir Supercharged Sport Red Zone II will be limited to 250 pieces and retails for 3,384 Euros (or about $3,973), available either directly through Reservoir or via an authorized dealer. The watch will come equipped standard with a smooth black leather strap and with an additional, striped NATO-style strap.
To learn more about the new model, you can visit Reservoir’s website, here, and to get tickets for WatchTime Live to see the watch and learn more about this unique brand, you can visit our event website, here.