Bell & Ross VINTAGE WatchesSeptember 13, 2020
IT IS TIME TO TRAVEL
Since its creation, Bell & Ross has been passionate about aviation. The
watches have always drawn inspiration from the design and technology of on-board flight instruments. Their design very often matches specifications created by professional users. The new BR V2-93 GMT 24H displays the time in three time zones. It is considered an indispensable tool for air pilots. It is also the ideal companion for globetrotters.
The contemporary design of the BR V2-93 GMT 24H places it at the heart of the modern era. This watch provides the time in three different locations around the world. It is therefore perfectly suited to the lifestyle of 21st century travellers. Its 41 mm round steel case is a characteristic of the Vintage series. Its revisited style is modern and sophisticated, with rounded lugs that perfectly adapt to the wrist. The case includes integrated protection for the screw-down crown. Lastly, the strap is available in two versions: Steel or “Tropic” rubber
A PERFECT TRAVEL COMPANION
Its black dial contrasts with the large white numerals. This color scheme is ingrained in Bell & Ross’ DNA. It echoes the colors used for on-board flight instruments. Cockpits are in fact dominated by black, which prevents reflections, and white, which guarantees optimal reading. Lastly, its hands boast a photoluminescent coating. The GMT hand stands out with its orange arrow. White, black and orange, symbolic colors of Bell & Ross, ensure perfect legibility both day and night.
The BR V2-93 GMT 24H is a “tool watch” aimed at modern and chic frequent travellers. A true instrument watch, it has gone back to basics. Its shape and design are dictated by its use. As every all Bell & Ross watch, it seeks out optimal functionality and legibility. It is perfectly in line with the brand’s philosophy: “Form follows function”.
Its innovative functionality. With its bi-directional 24-hour scale bezel, the BR V2-93 GMT 24H displays the time in three global time zones. Classic GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) watches generally settle for two. How does it work?
The three white hands display the hour (minutes and seconds) in one time zone.
The orange hand that rotates around the dial in 24 hours shows a second time zone (or the local time on a 24-hour scale). The bi-directional bezel has a 24-hour scale. It enables reading of the second time zone but it can also display a third time zone. Rotating it clockwise subtracts hours and anti-clockwise adds hours. This is the first bi-colour piece created by Bell & Ross. With a 24-hour scale, the grey section indicates daytime, and the black background night-time.
VINTAGE SPORT HERITAGE PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE FALCON’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Watch manufacturer Bell & Ross has designed collections of timepiece instruments that pay tribute to five key periods in aviation history and the technological breakthroughs that occurred from the 1900s to the present day.
Consistently upholding respect for: primarily, the military specifications from which Bell & Ross watches borrow their strict guidelines and high readability, functionality, precision and waterproof standards. Secondly, for the codes passed down from each period that are conscientiously updated to create modern timepieces that are modern, yet faithful to those that inspired them.
The VINTAGE collection’s new SPORT HERITAGE line of watches pays special homage to the 1960s, a period of intense creativity and numerous innovations. This period also saw the creation of Dassault’s famous Mystère-Falcon 20, the best business jet of its time.
Two outstanding manufacturers join forces
Dassault Aviation is another story about heritage. The excellence of the Falcon business jets is the result of the company’s groundbreaking technology in designing and manufacturing fighter jets. In the early 1960s, Dassault worked on the development of a small, twin-engine, 10-seat business jet, the Mystère 20. The jet made its maiden flight on the 4th of May 1963 and immediately became the commercial success known as the Falcon. This was the first chapter in an amazing saga that continues to this day, with the Falcon 7X generation business jets and the delivery of Dassault’s 2,250th Falcon.
Bell & Ross, the benchmark in aeronautical watches, shares Dassault’s values of innovation, quality and reliability. It became only natural for both great companies to team up to celebrate the Falcon’s 50th anniversary and launch the Bell & Ross VINTAGE SPORT HERITAGE. To mark the celebrated jet’s 50th anniversary, Bell & Ross has created two limited edition timepieces: the VINTAGE FALCONS.
The Vintage Sport Heritage line
The VINTAGE line’s spirit recalls the 1960s era of civil aviation and the decade’s sports watches. Its HERITAGE style embodies the period in its details:
• Sand-colored hands and numerals reproduce the aged look of period watches
• The round, classically shaped, polished steel case features a bulging, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, adding modern technology to the crystal’s authentic shape
• A bezel marked with 60-minute graduations, and the contrast of time information on the dial, enhance readability.
Bell & Ross has created two complementary models: an automatic BR 123 version, with hours, minutes, seconds and date; and a BR 126 chronograph version.
THE ANNIVERSARY SERIES: THE VINTAGE FALCON
The FALCON watch pays homage to its namesake’s 50th anniversary, featuring all the hallmarks of the VINTAGE SPORT HERITAGE line and stands out due to:
• The brown dial and brown leather wristband, which enhance its authentic vintage spirit
• The Falcon’s outline, silk-screened on the dial at 6 o’clock
• The elegant «50 ans du Falcon» logo on the back, which appears in its metallic form on a sapphire glass background.
Both VINTAGE FALCON models (BR 123 and BR 126) come in Limited Editions of 500 each. They will be available only in exclusive Bell & Ross boutiques and e-shops.
THE BIRTH OF A NEW CLASSIC
With the launch of the VINTAGE SPORT HERITAGE line, Bell & Ross pays tribute to a period and to a legendary airplane, by designing watches with simple and pure lines, faithful to the codes of the VINTAGE collection.
Functional and timeless, these new models illustrate with elegance two of Bell & Ross’ favorite worlds: aeronautics and precision.
Marcel Dassault liked to say that ‘a beautiful plane is a plane that flies well’. Likewise, Bell & Ross embraces the philosophy that the beauty of an object, no matter how sophisticated it is, can never match the logical culmination of its primary function.