Here’s a piece for your Bell & Ross fans — a 50-piece limited edition BR03 GMT, made exclusively for UK-based The Watch Gallery. Each piece has black PVD case with a numbered case back. There is a two-handed GMT dial at 6 o’clock; the double-date window up top and large luminous hands with blue accents (The Watch Gallery’s signature color) complete the dial. Below is a nice, brief hands-on video review of the watch produced by The Watch Gallery team.
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Inspired by Lockheed’s SR-71 Blackbird, the Bell & Ross BR126 Blackbird is a wonderful extension of the Bell & Ross aviation ethos. This watch is limited to just 500 pieces and is done in a black PVD-finished case (43mm) paired with a vivid orange canvas or textured black rubber strap (both with matching black PVD buckle). The movement is an automatic mechanical Swiss ETA 2892 (as commonly used by B&R) with Dubois Depraz flyback chronograph module (12, 30 and 60 min sub-counters), AM/PM indication, and a tachy scale. I saw this great watch hands-on at Baselworld and can still recall in my mind how vivid the orange canvas strap is. It is a cool watch from any angle. Price will be just under $7,000. Enjoy the many pics below!
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by Kyle Stults on August 07, 2013
For Only Watch 2013, Bell & Ross has designed a collector’s box of six unique watches. This glossy finished case is fashioned from high-quality wood contains six watches: the BR01 HORIZON, ALTIMETER and TURN COORDINATOR, created in 2012, and the BR01 HEADING INDICATOR, AIRSPEED and CLIMB, created in 2013. They are all inspired by instruments that are essential to aeronautical navigation and have, as their common and unique denominator, a touch of orange.
See them up close, on the click
Bell & Ross is out with a couple new pieces in its “Vintage” collection, the PW1 & WW1 Argentium. These watches feature a new, oxidant-resistant alloy of silver called Argentium. The PW1 Argentium (pocketwatch) harks back to the first timepieces with its pocket watch form, and is fitted with one of the most coveted complications in watchmaking: a minute repeater. The WW1 Argentium — in two versions, Silver and Ruthenium dials — echo the design of the PW1 and don a classic elegance to the wrist with their alligator straps. These are all beautiful pieces, with an even more refined look than the first PW1/WW1 that we I reviewed in 2011. More looks and specs, below.
49mm argentium case
the complication is activated by pressing the button on the left-hand side of the case
Alongside the tourbillon and perpetual calendar, the minute repeater is one of the three finest complications in watchmaking, a masterpiece of excellence and expertise demanding complete mastery of the art of watch-making. The Bell & Ross PW1 (pocket watch) minute repeater marks time like the clocks of the past: the hour is not read, it is heard. The complicated caliber also indicates the hours and minutes musically on request — a low-pitched sound for each hour, followed by a series of double low-pitched and high-pitched sounds for every five minutes elapsed. The caseback is finished with a barleycorn guilloché pattern and opens to reveal the caliber.
Dubois Dépraz manual winding movement with minute repeater (56 hours power reserve)
41mm argentium case, manual wind ETA 7001 (Peseux)
Turning now to the WW1 Argentium watches, we see that these two versions retain the characteristics specific to the WW1 collection (domed sapphire crystal, manual wind movement, wire lugs), though they are a bit smaller (41mm vs. 45mm) and of course have the unique luster of their argentium silver case and their sunburst dial finish.
Beautiful watches, all of them.