Franco-Swiss watchmaker Reservoir presents the new Popeye limited edition timepiece created in collaboration with Geneva based bespoke watch specialist LabelNoir.
This new creation embodies the daring attitude of Popeye with the bold spirit of Reservoir and astonishing creativeness of LabelNoir.
Introduced to the world on January 17, 1929, by E.C. Segar in the “Thimble Theatre” comic series, Popeye from his debut has always been a rough-and-tumble, spinach-loving underdog.
True to himself as a mean-muggin’ man with a heart of gold, the sailor became one of the most popular characters of 20th century through comic strips, radio shows, television programs, and eventually both animated and live-action films. In this latest collaborative timepiece, the sailor’s salty spirit finds its latest canvas.
The 41.5mm diameter titanium watch recalls classic Reservoir styles, with slightly curved lugs and a signature knurling on its unique crown placing the model in the fantastic canon of the brand. The case is clad in the grey DLC— the color scheme courtesy of LabelNoir— with a satin finish used throughout that adds to the model’s bold style.
Endowed with a water resistance of 5 ATM (50m), the watch comes with a grey nubuck leather strap with red & grey stitching and a matching grey DLC pin buckle.
Beneath the anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the highlight of the Reservoir model is on display. Making smart use of a grey dial, a picture of Popeye in full charge is hand painted upon it. Faithful touches of color in the image help make it quickly striking against its dark background, with bright white accenting in the comic-style indices assisting in the high legibility for the novelty.
The dial features the emblematic 240° retrograde configuration, with the minutes displayed upon three- fourths of the surface and the running hours indicated in a prominent view via a bordered digital display at the comic icon’s feet. Popeye’s massive arm indicates the running minutes, sweeping from “00” to “60” and then snapping back again at the top of each hour.
Driving the Reservoir x LabelNoir x Popeye watch is the Reservoir Calibre RSV-240, a next-generation automatic movement introduced by the watchmaker in the spring of 2022. Produced in association with the Swiss engine manufacture TELOS, the self-winding mechanism makes use of a LJP-G100 base with a patented, proprietary 113-pieces module, with it optimized for Reservoir watches and the maker’s unique style of timekeeping.
The Cal. RSV-240 powers retrograde minute and jumping hour on display via the dial, with a 56-hour power reserve. The movement and its Reservoir-signed rotor are elegantly finished with Geneva stripes and radial style brushing, all visible via an exhibition sapphire case back itself adorned with a winking Popeye painted at its center.
The new Reservoir x LabelNoir x Popeye watch is a limited series of 200 pieces. Available now from Reservoir-watch.com, its suggested retail price is 4,700€/ 4,350 £ including taxes.
Each numbered model is presented in a white wooden box adorned with an image of “The Popeye Family”, an additional Chrome Painted Figurine “Popeye eating spinach” and a special embroidery in honor of Popeye. A certificate of authenticity accompanies the box.
Model: Reservoir x LabelNoir x Popeye watch
41.5mm, Grey DLC Titanium Case with Satin Finish
Open case-back, with exclusive “Popeye” character glass paint application
Anti-reflective Sapphire Crystal
Grey dial with hand painted “Popeye” pattern
Retrograde Minute, Jumping Hour
Calibre RSV-240: Manufacture Self-winding Mechanical Movement, Patented proprietary 113-pieces module (LJP G100 base)
56-Hour Power Reserve
Taupe Grey Nubuck Leather Strap with Red Stitching, 22 mm Width
Grey DLC Pin Buckle
White Wooden Box with an image of “The Popeye Family” (© 2022 King Features Syndicate ™ Hearst Holdings, Inc.)
Additional Chrome Painted Figurine “Popeye eating spinach”
Additional Special Embroidery with “Popeye”
Certificate of Authenticity
Limited edition of 200 pieces
4’700 €TTC, 4’350 £ incl taxes, 4’450 $ w/o taxes MSRP, 4’700 CHF incl taxes
From January 2023