IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE – Bell & Ross soars to new heights with a range of aviation-inspired timepieces. Here are two that really caught our eye.
BR V1-92 RACING BIRD
Back in 2014, Bell & Ross created the B-Rocket, a motorcycle reminiscent of the 1950s bikes made to break land speed records. This was followed by the AeroGT supercar in 2016, the Bellytanker racing car in 2017 and, this year, the BR-Bird—a high-speed airplane the likes of which compete in the Reno Air Races. Naturally, the brand has a set of limited edition timepieces inspired by the flying machine: The BR V1-92 Racing Bird seen here and its slightly larger brother the BR V2-94. There is an unmistakable air of speed and performance in the design, which is further reinforced by the color scheme. The watch’s dial is white like the plane’s fuselage, the blue calls to mind the BR-Bird’s tail and decorative elements tracing its aerodynamic lines, while the touches of orange is a clear nod to flight instruments. This is most certainly a solid flyer’s watch.
The BR V1-92 Racing Bird comes equipped with a blue calfskin strap with orange lining, a clear nod to the color scheme of the BR-Bird concept plane and aviation in general.
The case of the BR V1-92 measures 38.5mm across and is made using satinpolished steel for a solid and reassuring feel on the wrist.
The watch is powered by the calibre BR-CAL.302 self-winding movement.
As part of the Horo line launched last year, the limited edition BR03-92 Horoblack features Bell & Ross’ iconic square shape. Or, to be precise, “a circle in a square” that is reminiscent of the silhouettes of clocks you can find in an airplane’s cockpit. The design of the dial is also a classic at Bell & Ross with a huge emphasis on simplicity and easy legibility. Of particular note is the way Bell & Ross plays with the contrast of black against gray (the former for the hands and indexes, the former as a uniform hue across the case and dial) to guarantee optimal readability. Simplicity, as they say, can be deceptive, and the seemingly plain BR03-92 Horoblack is a prime example of this.
The case comes in micro blasted steel, which features a uniform appearance throughout and a gray tone of high purity. Furthermore, the matte finishing is antireflective, which also helps with legibility.
The dial of the watch has two overlapping inserts. On top is a microblasted gray upper insert that is cut away around the
numerals and indexes. These cuts, in turn, reveal the black Super- LumiNova coating on the lower ins.
The BR03-92 Horoblack’s 42mm steel case houses a powerful calibre BRCAL. 302 automatic mechanical movement.
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