A NEW WATCHMAKING ADVENTURE TAKES TO THE SKIES

As the Bell & Ross design studio unveils the BR-Bird, a flying machine that features spectacular lines, two new Racing Bird watches inspired by this aircraft have become the symbols of the brand’s passion for aviation and creativity.

The Bell & Ross adventure started in a cockpit with watch designs that were directly inspired by flight instruments and the golden age of aviation. This journey continues to this day on the wrist, naturally, but now it also returns to the skies on the wings of the BR-Bird. While the on-board instruments set the standard for legibility, precision and reliability, the entire history of aviation serves as a powerful inspiration for Bell & Ross.

 

After designing racing cars inspired by aeronautical shapes, Bell & Ross has now designed a plane of its own! It should come as no surprise that it is a high-speed plane capable of competing in the Reno Air Races in record-breaking style.

 

TWO WATCHES INSPIRED BY THE BR-BIRD

This identity of speed and performance is evident in the design of the three-hand and chronograph Racing Bird watches. These timepieces share their aesthetic choices with the racing aircraft designed by the Bell & Ross studio, particularly the color code: The dial is white, like the fuselage of the plane. The numerals, bezel, chronograph counter and strap are blue, like the empennage and decorative elements tracing the aerodynamic lines of the BR-Bird. The central second hand, details on the dial and lining of the leather strap are orange, like the color highlighting the most important information on the flight instruments. The timer is grey, reminiscent of the chequered flag used in speed competitions, like the Bell & Ross logo on the wings and flanks of the aircraft.

 

 

The numerals use the same typography as onboard counters, the date window shows three numerals –a reference to flight instrumentation. The final touch is the silhouette of the aircraft on the case back and at the base of the second hand (on the three-hand version) and the second timer (on the chronograph version). With a 38.5 mm steel case for the BRV1-92 and a 41 mm for the BRV2-94, both versions have a self-winding mechanical movement.

With their graphic design and style, these limited edition BRV1 and BRV2 Racing Bird watches are starting a new chapter in a saga that weaves together Bell & Ross and aviation history, performance, extreme professionals… and passion.

Technical specifications

BRV1-92 Racing Bird – Limited to 999 pieces – View Product

  • Movement: calibre BR-CAL.302. Automatic mechanical.
  • Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds and date at 3 o’clock.
  • Water-resistance: 100 metres.
  • Case: 38.5 mm in diameter. Satin-polished steel.
  • Strap: blue calfskin with orange lining.
  • Dial: white. Blue painted numerals. Metal skeleton Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.
  • Buckle: pin. Steel.

 

 

 

BRV2-94 Racing Bird – Limited to 999 pieces – View Product

  • Movement: calibre BR-CAL.301. Automatic mechanical.
  • Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds and date at 3 o’clock.
  • Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds.
  • Water-resistance: 100 metres.
  • Case: 41 mm in diameter. Satin-polished steel. Steel bezel with anodised blue aluminium ring and tachymeter scale. Screw-down crown and push-buttons. Sapphire case-back.
  • Strap: satin-polished steel or blue calfskin with orange lining.
  • Dial: white. Blue painted numerals. Metal skeleton Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.
  • Buckle: folding. Satin-polished steel.