With inspiration rooted in flight instruments, Bell & Ross draws on military specifications to provide its timepieces with rigorous and exacting standards of legibility, functionality, precision and reliability. Modern-day codes also drive the brand to revisit historic pieces to create new models whose design and technology are in line with current trends.
It is in this spirit that Bell & Ross introduces three new watches that evoke its three realms of expression: sea, air and land. Both classic and modern, all three are driven by a reliable Swiss mechanical movement with automatic winding and are equipped with a “NATO Stretch” strap, created from parachute straps, making for a very on-trend neo-vintage look.
BR V2-93 GMT BLUE
Following on from the BR V2-93 GMT 24H launched in 2018, Bell & Ross has enriched its travel-friendly range with the BR V2-93 GMT Blue. Displaying two time zones at the same time, the new “tool watch” makes for an essential timekeeping instrument for aircraft pilots and a stylish travel companion for globetrotters with its back-to-basics design influenced by two keywords: functionality and legibility.
The 41mm round steel case is characteristic of the brand’s Vintage series, with integrated protection for the screw-down crown. With a galvanic blue case-back featuring a sunray pattern, the dial is a nod to the world of air travel and long transatlantic trips, while the second hand counterweight is subtly styled in the shape of an aircraft.
The bi-directional rotating bezel in two-tone anodised aluminium (grey for daytime and blue for night-time) means the time of the second time zone (shown on a 24-hour scale) can be read instantly thanks to the GMT hand in striking red. For optimal legibility, the four faceted hands and the decal indices and numerals boast a photo-luminescent coating in white Super-LumiNova.
BR V2-92 MILITARY GREEN
Based on the principle that the essential should never give way to the superfluous, Bell & Ross has designed this practical new model for all uses. Paying tribute to the land forces who were the first to use the wristwatch as fundamental instruments for their missions, the sporty-chic civilian design evokes the open environment while staying faithful to the military technical specifications. The anti-reflective matte khaki dial is legible both day and night; the sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant; and the Swiss mechanical movement with automatic winding is highly precise and has been tested for all types of missions.
To ensure optimal legibility, the BR V2-92 Military Green shares the same lineage as watches from the Bell & Ross “LUM” collection which are treated with green-coloured Super-LumiNova C3 to maximise their luminescent qualities. Playing on both the discreet nature of the khaki camouflage dial and its functional design, it is aimed at professionals and urban adventurers searching for a timepiece which is robust and timeless. In keeping with lines from the Bell & Ross Vintage collection, its 41mm round steel case with a crown guard is equipped with a glass dome, or “glass box”, and a black bi-directional rotating bezel in anodised aluminium to measure short periods.
The BR V2-92 Military Green carries on the brand’s long-standing reverence for the military with a date display in a round window at 4.30 o’clock – one of the brand’s signature features – and in the same khaki colour as the dial.
BR V2-94 AÉRONAVALE BRONZE
In a nod to the Vintage BR Aéronavale collection, this year Bell & Ross went a step further and unveiled a new BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze in a limited edition of 999 pieces that combines functionality and elegance while subtly reflecting the prestigious ceremonial uniform of French naval officers. This elegant chronograph is clearly aimed at lovers of beautiful timekeeping instruments. In stabilised CuAl7Si2 bronze (91% copper, 7% aluminium and 2% silicon), its 41mm case stands out with a distinctive yellow gold shine. Known for its changing nature that gives it its unique character, bronze – a material cherished by Bell & Ross – provides a whole palette of unique shades over time.
Similar to the other chronographs from the Vintage series, the BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze is equipped with a fixed bezel, here in navy blue anodised aluminium, and an ocean blue dial decorated with gilt metal indices and numerals and baton-shaped skeletonised hands in white Super-LumiNova for optimal legibility. The functional, ultra-curved “glass box” sapphire crystal reinforces both the classic style of the piece and its resistance. In this sense, the BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze meets all the criteria of the military technical specifications intended for such a timepiece. This refined chronograph featuring screw-down pushers and two sub-dials will appeal to collectors looking for a model with a vintage feel reminiscent of the bi-compax chronographs from the 1960s.