In 2019, French watchmaking house Tank unveiled its first diver’s watch, the aptly named Hydrosphere, whose unique configuration added a diver’s bezel to the retrograde time display inspired by the brand’s races. A year later, Reservoir introduced the Hydrosphere Bronze, which added intrigue through its use of an unusual case material. This year, the manufacturer is revisiting the model again, offering a new interpretation of the bronze look and adding a colorful dial. Here’s what you need to know about the new Hydrosphere Bronze Edition “Greg Lecoeur”.
The watch is the result of a partnership between Reservoir and award-winning diver-photographer Greg Lecoeur, known for capturing the beauty of the marine world and raising awareness of the fragility of its ecosystems. The special edition, designed in close collaboration between the brand and Lecoeur, combines the bronze case with a blue sunray dial, the latter chosen by Lecoeur “to best reflect the seabed”.
The case is large, with a diameter of 45mm, its fully finished bronze surface with a no-frills satin finish. Water-resistant to 250 meters, it features a hidden helium exhaust valve and hooded pods that connect it to a black rubber strap. The watch also comes with an additional blue NATO strap, which is mounted via distinctive looking bronze calipers. A deeply toothed unidirectional ceramic bezel tops the front of the case and interestingly features a ‘double scale’ that allows the time to be read at different diving depths before and after the retrograde minute hand returns to zero.
Covered by the sapphire crystal, the aforementioned retrograde display has a deep sunshine blue coloring on its surface. Retrograde timekeeping, established as Reservoir’s signature styling since its launch in 2015, was originally derived from the dashboard scales of racing cars. For the Hydrosphere, Reservoir cites “manometers” as the inspiration for the design, but the result is the same: minutes are indicated via a 60-minute scale along the top three-quarters of the face, while a digital jump enlarged by a cyclops the time is displayed below this scale, at 6 o’clock. A stylized power reserve sits just below the hour indicator, providing additional symmetry to the design. The limited-edition diver’s power supply, behind a solid, engraved caseback, is a tank-modified ETA 2824-2 caliber, specially tuned to meet the needs of the retrograde time display. The automatic movement is capable of a 37-hour power reserve.
The Reservoir Hydrosphere Bronze edition “Greg Lecoeur” is available directly through Reservoir for $ 4,980, limited to only 50 pieces, with a portion of its sales benefiting the Coral Gardeners Association and its mission to plant corals and protect reefs. existing. In addition, every buyer of the limited edition will be offered a dive with Greg Lecoeur in Port-Cros National Park in France in September 2021, offering the privileged few a very special oceanic opportunity.
To find out more, visit Reservoir, here.