Following its successful showing at Baselworld 2019, French watchmaker Bell & Ross is going all out this year with the addition of 23 novelty timepieces to its existing legacy collections as well as a brand new line.
The brand continues to push boundaries this year with a new philosophy – ‘urban ergonomics’. This new code highlights the present world that is measured by precision, perfection, functionality and elegance. The introductory model to come out from this new code of aesthetic is set to be released by the fourth quarter of 2019.
Unlike its more rugged predecessors, the upcoming model will feature a brand new movement and case while maintaining its iconic numerals and signature features like being water-resistant and accented with Super Luminova, an applied fluorescent material that improves the night perceptibility of watches without using any radioactive energy. There will also be a limited edition in skeleton for ardent watch collectors out there.
Another the standout timepiece from the 2019 novelties is the BR V2-94 Bellytanker Bronze that takes on a new appearance altogether. Its bronze exterior is in line with the current trend of warm metal tones. Bell & Ross accents the bronze shades with solid blacks for a contrasting face and bezel in this new iteration. The black calfskin strap and bronze butterfly clasp add on to the vintage charm of this timepiece.
Here are some of our favourites and the most anticipated Bell & Ross watches to look out for.
(All images courtesy of Bell & Ross)
The BR-X1 Phantom is a fully automatic mechanical watch that comes with a sleek 45mm case in full black PVD titanium and matte black ceramic. PVD or physical vapour deposition is the de facto method for creating all-black watches. The movement is housed in a tinted sapphire crystal caseback, exposing the intricate movement inside. The skeleton dial features metal applique Super-Luminova-filled indices and metal skeleton Super-Luminova-filled hour and minute hands. The timepiece is also water-resistant up to 100 metres, coming with a perforated rubber strap for in-water use. It is limited to 250 units. (Available Q2 2019)
Continuing its collaboration with Renault F1 Team, Bell & Ross has created four limited-edition chronographs under the R.S.19 silhouette in four different iterations. Taking pole position is the BR-X1 Tourbillon R.S.19, which is a miniature F1 engine for the wrist, turbo-charged by a tourbillon. The timepiece bears a sporty body, with a stripped-back and highly technical case design that is fitted with Bell& & Ross’ new lap-by-lap time marker around the bezel and stopwatch chronograph functionality. This model is a limited edition of 20 pieces. (Available June 2019)
Inspired by the iconic MA-1 flight jacket, this model offers duality with a reversible khaki/orange calfskin strap that gives the watch two different styles for its user. These two colours have always been synonymous with the military. The watch stays true to the cockpit read-outs: square, utilitarian and rugged. The new BR 03-92 MA-1 is a streamlined take on Bell & Ross’ purest pilot watch, with subtly deployed details like the sandwich dial stencilled to reveal the orange luminescent beneath. (Available June 2019)
The iconic shape of the BR 03 series is inspired by the clocks in the cockpit of an airplane – a circle within a square. While this design is instantly recognised, the latest iteration features an all-black ceramic exterior that is intrinsically scratchproof, lightweight, hardwearing and hypoallergenic. The dial comes with metal applique skeleton Super-Luminova-filled numerals and indices. This diving watch is also water-resistant to 300 metres – making the timepiece perfectly tailored for underwater exploration. The same model also comes with a new green and bronze colourway, BR 03-92 Diver Green Bronze. (Available May 2019)
The BR V2-94 Military Beige is a timepiece that carries a modern-day sporting aesthetic that maintains a vintage look thanks to its colour scheme. It deviates from the standard aviation and military aesthetics in the Bell & Ross line – drawing inspiration from the brand’s aviation heritage. The 41mm satin-polished steel case houses a sapphire black bezel and beige face, with bold black numbers and branding. This military-inspired watch comes with a black canvas strap with a beige line running down the middle. Its automatic movement is encased in an elegant ultra-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating to maintain a classy design. (Available May 2019)
One of the latest models that gained attention at Baselworld 2019 was the BR V2-94 Bellytanker Chronograph Bronze. Unlike the square-case models, the Bellytanker takes its shape from the extra fuel tanks that are attached to the bellies of the aircraft during the WWII era. The new model shares the same chronograph but carries both technical and aesthetic differences. It comes with a 41mm diameter case in bronze alloy and equipped with sapphire crystals on both sides. The gold tones used for the applique indices and baton hands give a nice contrast to the black background. The new automatic model is also powered by the BR-CAL.301, with 37 jewels self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 4Hz that offers 42 hours of power when fully wound. (Available Q2 2019)