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Reservoir Kanister Watch Embodies Spirit Of 1950’s Dashboard Speedometer Gauges

Reservoir Kanister watch

The Reservoir Kanister watch recalls the gauges of the 1950’s speedsters.

In an era when all the rage is about vintage-inspired racecars and the reiteration of life’s classics, French watch brand Reservoir, which offers Swiss-made watches, deftly reinterprets vintage auto gauges of all sorts for spectacular results on the wrist. The newest Kanister is a prime example.  For all of its features and functions, this watch should be triple, if not more, its retail price tag, but car/watch lovers are in for a real value proposition when it comes to this colorful instrument.

Speeding onto the scene less than 10 years ago, Reservoir takes inspiration from the measurement instruments of yesteryear – whether they be automotive, aeronautic, military, diving or other. The unique concept is one embraced by certain brands for a timepiece here or there, but Reservoir embraces the idea across all of its lines – bringing the true meaning of a tool watch full circle.  Additionally, the brand chocks its watches with complexities and useful tools that one would only expect in a luxury watch – at a price point well below the $10,000 mark.

Reservoir Kanister watch

Car lovers could never get tired of wearing this watch on the wrist. (Photo: R. Naas)

Review Of Reservoir Kanister

I didn’t get to wear this watch long enough. I  am not sure if, even if I owned it,  I would get to wear it enough. The looks, the feel, the  concept and the mechanics of this under-$5,000 watch all scream vintage with a vision.

The newest Reservoir Kanister is destined to put the brand on an all-new map thanks to its colorful aesthetic, historic references and functional implications. The watch is inspired by the speedometer of the legendary 356 Speedster and boasts paste green minute indexes, a bright red warning area and a black dial with white hands: the perfect gauge reinterpretation.

Reservoir Kanister watch

A close-up look at the jumping hour, retrograde minute, power reserve displays of the Reservoir Kanister watch.

Perhaps even better than the look is the functionality: the 45mm grade 5 Titanium case houses a patented proprietary 124-part module atop an ETA 2824-2 self-winding mechanical caliber. It boasts a retrograde minute hand (that flies back to zero to start its recount once the hour is up) located at 240” on the dial to recall the RPM counters, and a jumping hour that reinterprets the mileage meters  and a power reserve display (37 hours) that is designed to emulate fuel gages – all in once.

Water resistant to 5 ATM, the watch boasts a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal and a sapphire case back for viewing to the movement and rotor.  The watch is sold in a boxed set with a choice of either  three leather straps inspired by the speedster’s bucket seats and featuring a quick-release spring bar for easy interchangeability , or with an additional fabric NATO strap. The set retails for $4,980 – s veritable steal!

Reservoir Kanister watch

The Reservoir Kanister watch is sold in a boxed set with three leather straps or with a NATO strap. Photo: R. Naas.

I firmly believe that what Reservoir  is doing with its collection – revisiting vintage in a  thoroughly modern and radical manner – makes it destined to be a true young collector’s brand. But, believe me, this watch is designed to appeal to any age and everyone who loves mechanics.

Reservoir Kanister watch

Reservoir Kanister watch retails for $4,890.

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