Black Sparrow

The story of aircraft is not just about planes, but the bold and the brave who would fly them straight to heaven, even when the bells of hell rang on the earth: the Great War.

WW1 Pilot wearing dark black leather jacket and light beige flying cap, holding a light grey watch.
WW1 Pilot wearing dark black leather jacket and light beige flying cap, holding a light grey watch.
WW1 Pilot wearing a leather biplane watch over Light, Medium & Dark Grey background

If You Want to Suspend Time, Explore the Sky

 Life is a perpetual take off…. Suddenly smashing you into the pilot seat, making your heart beat faster than the propeller outside the porthole. Bringing up your deepest fears mixed with excitement and thrills as the gear and the rubber fades the airstrip. Allowing the faceless pilot to suddenly give up solid ground for unpredictable winds. Letting your soul exit your body a few times as the plane finds its course. Questioning during these few seconds the very meaning of your existence before finding the answer in the clouds. And you never get enough of it.

Remember a time when every innocent human was afraid of heights and speed and embraced the fact, we’ve mastered it. Like a well-made watch, flying is a unique experience that combines technical expertise and the beauty of flight. It involves a great deal of focus, attention to detail, and technical skill, but it also offers a unique perspective on the world and a sense of accomplishment. Today this amazing ability to travel peacefully comes from a past of war. An innovation built brick by brick by the bravery of the first pilots that explored a hostile sky which yet to be conquered.

Enlist with a line of brave sky fighters

A Knight of the Legion of Honor, an African-American born in Georgia, USA in 1895, Eugène James Bullard was described as a “true French hero” by Général de Gaulle himself and through his bravery, earned the nickname… “The Black Sparrow of Death”.

At the young age of 8, Eugène Bullard observed his father, William Bullard’s, intimation that “Europe was a place where individuals were judged solely on their merit”. After running away from home in 1906 to seek a better life in Great Britiain, Eguène Bullard eventually arrived in France and on October 19, 1914, he enlisted in the French Foreign Legion to participate in the First World War at the young age of 19 where he was immediately sent into the combat zone. Bullard took part in the battles of the Somme and Champagne, serving in the 170th Infantry Regiment before being wounded in the Battle of Verdun in March 1916.

Declared unfit for the infantry, yet undeterred Bullard volunteered for the French Air Force in October 1916 where he officiated first as a artilleryman and then as a pilot. He carried out around twenty aerial combat missions during WW1, during which he shot down at least two enemy aircrafts, and thus became, with the Ottoman Ahmet Ali Çelikten, one of the first two African American fighter pilots in history. Bullard frequently flew with his mascot, a pet Rhesus monkey named Jimmy in his Nieuport 24 fighter jet. The motto inscribed on the fuselage of Eugène Bullard’s plane was “all blood runs red”. In 1959, French President Charles de Gaulle made Bullard a knight of the French Legion of Honour, the nation’s highest ranking order and decoration.

WW1 Pilot wearing a leather biplane watch over Light, Medium & Dark Grey background

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The collection

The new collection of watches RESERVOIR BLACK SPARROW takes inspiration from the simple looking yet complex instruments from the first air fighter’s cockpits, and pay tribute to the heroic journey of Eugene Bullard, who was the first African American combat pilot enlisted during WWI in the French aviation army. Take flight with audacity, a time instrument from the past on the wrist, with a new steel or black PVD case, black or sand dial with Art Nouveau-inspired luminescent numerals, mounted on a black or brown Barenia leather strap, the retrograde minute and jumping hour being powered by the new RESERVOIR RSV-240 caliber. Delivered in a prestigious wooden box with an additional NATO leather strap.

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Pilot watches from WW1 figher plane : symbols of courage

In the name of adventure and aviation, BLACK SPARROW timepieces are inspired by the instruments used in World War I fighter planes. In the early 20th century, Eugene Bullard was an American citizen who was born in Georgia but moved to Paris with his family at age five. During World War I, Bullard joined the French Foreign Legion and served as an infantryman on the front lines. In 1917, he volunteered for the Lafayette Flying Corps, a squadron of American volunteer aviators who flew combat missions on behalf of France. He became the first African American combat pilot enlisted during WW1 in the French aviation army. The Black Sparrow collection pays tribute to Bullard’s heroic journey with audacity – a time instrument from the past on your wrist. The retrograde minute and jumping hour being powered by a new RESERVOIR RSV-240 caliber, an automatic movement oscillating at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). These watches are designed with steel or black PVD cases and dials with Art Nouveau-inspired luminescent numerals mounted on a black or brown Barenia leather straps.

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Dark brown, bright red, and light olive green pattern on fabric.
Dark brown, bright red, and light olive green pattern on fabric.

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