Bell & Ross’ niche in the watch world is one that’s fulfilled by few. Its beginnings as a watch brand inspired by the aviation world has been told time and time again and the brand’s commitment to both the past and future of airplanes has been immortalised in its watches since its inception. This year, Bell & Ross plays the throwback game with a new third collection of its BR Vintage series.
The collection first made its debut during the brand’s older years and all so far boast a round case, like the watches of the era it’s inspired by. Close to the iconic BR 01, the collection has showcased several different complications across the years such as flyback chronographs and dual time zones. Here are the pieces.
BR V1-94 Black Steel
When you think vintage, you think clean. You think simple. That’s precisely the aesthetic that Bell & Ross chose to go for the new Bell & Ross Vintage BR V1-94 Black Steel. In a 38.5mm diameter case, it’s closer to the sizes of old timepieces and with the curved sapphire that helps bring the clean dial to life, the retro look is real. The contrast of black and white is an obvious classic and one that can’t go wrong but on a piece like this with no distractions? It’s even better.
BR V2-92 Black Steel
For a more “daily beater” feel, Bell & Ross introduces the new Bell & Ross Vintage BR V2-92 Black Steel. In a stainless steel 41mm case, the watch boasts a bi-directional rotating bezel that can be used to measure short periods of time as well as an aesthetic that can easily fit into the modern man’s daily lifestyle. With a curved sapphire as well, it’s a good choice for the guy that wants a slight bit of heft on the wrist. Unlike the BR V1-94, it’s not meant to be subtle and slightly larger than life.
BR V2-94 Black Steel
But for an even larger than life variant, Bell & Ross also has the new Vintage BR V2-94, a 41mm chronograph that feels right on the wrist. Like the previous model, it’s a modern interpretation of vintage pieces and would feel equally at home in the sixties or today. Unlike the second generation of Bell & Ross Vintage pieces, the new chronograph sees screw down pushers instead of the regular ones. We’d like to think that it adds a touch of class and design to the watch.
The new BR Vintage Third Generation collcetion is available at the Bell & Ross boutique, #01-15 Mandarin Gallery