Retrograde minute, a surprising pulse

RETROGRADE MINUTE, HYPNOTIC MOVEMENT

 

Succumb to adrenaline and shoot a glance at the minute hand. The movement of the retrograde minute hand recalls the beat of the heart just before action. This watch movement appeared towards the end of the 17th century. After moderate use during the 18th century, the retrograde watch mechanisms began to take off. Then the retrograde minute hand could be seen again on the bracelet watches starting at the end of the 20th century.

 

On a small face, the hand goes through a ceaseless ballet. In the direction of the watch’s hands, it counts the minutes by moving in a graduated arc from 0 to 60. At the end of its path, it immediately jumps back to its starting position and begins its choreography over again.

This perpetual jumping of a retrograde watch requires extremely precise design and fabrication on the part of the master watchmakers. Hypnotic, pulsating, this watch movement is a luxurious and complex mechanism made up of quality manufactured cogs, pawls and springs.

 

 

A MOVEMENT AT THE HEART OF RESERVOIR WATCHES

The RESERVOIR French Touch collections reserve the retrograde display for the minute hand. A testament to the rhythm of time, each model gives the retrograde minute hand a powerful spatial intensity on the watch face. The retrograde display can nevertheless be used for other indications such as the hour or the date. Certain manufacturers sometimes offer a reverse-direction movement of the hands on the watch.

 

This clock complication is often presented along with a jumping hour. Its unique hand elegantly plays alongside the tranquillity of the aperture display. The watch movement hand is used to create original, stunning watch faces. A combination that endlessly attracts luxury watch collectors.

The RESERVOIR fighter pilot watches are inspired by cockpit instruments. That’s why the faces from the AIRFIGHT collection offer a 240° retrograde minute hand. A perfect position, an ultra precise viewing angle for conquering space, mastering time… in a heartbeat.

Share on

Latest RESERVOIR News

The Hydrosphere watch plunges into the depths of the Mediterranean
Reservoir offers a moment out of time to its customers during an afternoon dedicated to the discovery and exploration of the sea depths with Greg Lecoeur.

@reservoirwatch

Follow us

STAY UP TO DATE WITH RESERVOIR.

Be the first to hear about RESERVOIR’s exclusive events and new product releases.

By signing up to the RESERVOIR newsletter you are agreeing to allow us to email you and process of your personal data as described in the privacy policy.

Watches

Accessories

Services

The brand

Stores

news

Delivery / Currency

Discover all the collections

CAR

Car

Aeronautic

Aeronautic

Marine

Marine

Partership

Partnership

Need help ?

Call us

Visit Us

FAQ

Email Us

Reservoir wechat

Watches

CAR

Car

Aeronautic

Aeronautic

Marine

Marine

Partership

Partnership

Explore

#RACING

#exploring

#striving

You may also like

Accessories

Longbridge-Royal-Blue_Bracelet-cuir-surpiqure-bleu_vue-de-cote.png

Straps

Watch winder

Car

GT TOUR-menu

GT Tour

Supercharged-menu

Supercharged

Longbridge-menu

Longbridge

Kanister-menu

Kanister

Battlefield-menu

Battlefield

Explore

#RACING

#exploring

#striving

You may also like

Aeronautic

Airfight-menu

Airfight

Explore

#RACING

#exploring

#striving

You may also like

Marine

Hydrosphere-menu

Hydrosphere

tiefenmesser-menu

Tiefenmesser

Explore

#RACING

#exploring

#striving

You may also like

Partnership

Explore

#RACING

#exploring

#striving

You may also like

GT Tour

You may also like

Supercharged

You may also like

Longbridge

You may also like

kanister

You may also like

Airfight

You may also like

Hydrosphere

You may also like

Tiefenmesser

You may also like