Bell & Ross Launches BR 123 and BR 126

[Watches/ Timepieces]

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Bell & Ross launches two BR Vintage GT models – the BR 123 and BR 126, paying homage to the style of the racing drivers of the 70’s. These watches reveal the spirit of 1970 racing driver watches with a timeless allure. Powered by two Swiss self-winding mechanical movements, renowned for their reliability and endurance: a 3 hand and a chronograph version.

Bell & Ross has taken aviation –more specifically, aircraft instrumentation– as one of its main sources of inspiration since its founding. Bell & Ross watches take their rigorous and exacting standards of legibility, functionality, precision and reliability from the first pillar of the design brief: military specifications.

The second pillar is formed by the stylistic and societal codes that are carefully respected and reinterpreted to develop models, which are original and professional, while remaining faithful to their source of inspiration.

At the heart of the Vintage collection, the new line of BR GT watches are a new contemporary interpretation to the chronographs worn by racing drivers of the 1970’s, an extraordinary era of creativity, innovation and freedom. Bell & Ross applied this relationship between man and machine to accurately and carefully designed instruments dedicated to calculating time and speed.

The two Vintage BR GT models are designed with a resolutely neo-retro look, and are housed in a 42-mm case with an understated, modern design in steel with satin finishes. The graphic design of the Vintage BR GT dial hints at the rev counters and dashboard instruments found in classic 1970’s cars.

This functional reference is emphasized by the contrast of the two bold colours that brighten the dials. The pitch black dial provides a stark contrast to the steel colour of the auxiliary counters and appliqué indices. The faceted, photo-luminescent, metallic hands (for hours and minutes) also play on this same contrast, offering better readability to users.

 

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The two Vintage BR GT watches feature an ultra-curved high-dome sapphire crystal with two layers of anti-reflective coating, for enhanced resistance and legibility, combined with an elegant satin-finished steel bezel. With 60-minute gradations on the three-hand version, the bezel indicates a tachymeter scale on the chronograph version, prioritising the measurement of short time periods and enabling performance and speed to be read immediately. The Vintage BR GT watches are water-resistant to 100 metres, and are powered by two Swiss self-winding mechanical movements.

The two (2) models are paired with a black, micro-perforated strap made from Alcantara®; with a special suede-like touch, that was used in-car upholstery in the 1970’s. The straps on the Vintage BR GT watches are lined with stitched leather and fitted with a signed, satin-finished steel folding buckle, combining solidity with comfort and flexibility for a stylish look. 

The Vintage BR GT watches are both sporty and elegant, inspired by the era of the cool, rather wacky racing drivers of the Seventies, and can be worn with a three-piece suit during the week or with jeans at the weekend; and, of course, behind the wheel of fine cars…

 

BR 126 GT

Movement: automatic mechanical. Calibre BR-CAL.301.

Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock. Date. Chronograph : 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds. Tachymeter scale on the bezel.

Case: 42 mm in diameter. Satin-finished steel. Graduated fixed bezel.

Dial: Black. Metal appliqué numerals and indices. Minute track on metal surround. Metal skeleton Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.

Crystal: ultra-curved high-dome sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

Water resistance: 100 m.

Strap: Black Alcantara® or satin-finished steel.

Buckle: Folding. Satin-finished steel.

 

 

BR 123 GT

Movement: automatic mechanical. Calibre BR-CAL.305.

Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock. Date.

Case: 42 mm in diameter. Satin-finished steel. Graduated fixed bezel.

Dial: Black. Metal appliqué numerals and indices. Minute track on metal surround. Metal skeleton Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.

Crystal: ultra-curved high-dome sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

Water resistance: 100 m.

Strap: Black Alcantara® or satin-finished steel.

Buckle: Folding. Satin-finished steel.

 

More info at http://www.bellross.com/

 

Image credit: Bell & Ross Malaysia

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