The Black Sparrow Collection will be the second series of Reservoir watches inspired by the cockpit instruments of vintage aircraft. The previously released Reservoir Airfight featured a signature retrograde minute hand, a jumping hour and a power reserve indicator. The Black Sparrow models lose the power reserve indicator and offer a different esthetic, supported by an incredible story of the true WW I hero Eugene Bullard, one of the first African American combat pilots.
Since its founding in 2015, Reservoir has been known for creating timepieces that combine vintage-inspired design, incorporating elements of vintage gauges and instruments with modern watchmaking technology. Reservoir’s collections are theme-oriented (sports cars, aeronautic, marine). They are often limited editions, contributing to the brand’s popularity among watch enthusiasts.
The brand launched three models for the new Black Sparrow, so clients can choose a stainless steel case with a satin finish or brushed stainless steel with black PVD coating. The black dial is available in both cases; the sand-coloured one only comes in satin-finished steel. The 42mm cases have distinguishing lugs, bolts and screws. They are topped by a non-rotating fluted bezel, suitable for better grip and reminiscent of other aviation-themed historical watches. The screw-down onion crown is fluted and visually serves the same purpose – sending you back in time.
On the dial, all three references offer Reservoir’s signature retrograde minutes hand; this time, it is cathedral-style and with the company logo. The numerals to indicate the minutes alternate between large luminescent art-nouveau-inspired and same-style hardly visible, in small black print. The Prop and Wings symbol down north balances the Reservoir logo above the centre. At 6 o’clock, the stylishly framed window for the big jumping hour display with contrasting numerals printed on a date disc matching the dial colour steals the attention.
Reservoir was one of the first companies to start using the latest and better alternative to the ETA 2824 and its clones, offered by La Joux-Perret since last year. The new Reservoir Black Sparrow Collection watches rely upon the new RSV-240 movement, an LJP G100 base with a patented proprietary module. The new calibre has a better power reserve, so the Black Sparrows benefit and can run non-stop for 56 hours when fully wound, as opposed to only 37 previously, with ETA-base movement.
The new Reservoir Black Sparrow Collection watches are worn on a black or brown Barénia leather strap with white stitching, closed with a steel pin buckle. An additional leather NATO strap with quick-release spring bars for easy changing will also be included. The new watches are available to pre-order and will be delivered in the third quarter of 2023. The prices are EUR 3,800 or CHF 3,800, taxes included.
For more information, please visit www.reservoir-watch.com. I also urge you to search Eugene Bullard online for his life story is worthy of your time.