Belstaff Presents Collection of Lifestyle Watches Inspired By Its History and Legacy

Ever since 1924, when it presented the world’s first collection in waterproof, breathable waxed cotton, shortly after it had been set up in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Belstaff has always combined technologically advanced materials with an absolutely unique style. Today Belstaff is celebrating more than 85 years of technological innovation and classic, iconic designs with the presentation of a collection of lifestyle watches inspired by its history and legacy.

Belstaff watches, which are manufactured under licence by Lorenz, have remained faithful to the historical spirit of the company. Crafted in accordance with Swiss watch-making tradition, all the movements are mechanical, either automatic or manual, and their modern construction is combined with the use of special materials.

Taking inspiration from the history of Belstaff, the watches adopt two different approaches in terms of style.

Adventure Collection

The legendary Black Panther jacket is the inspiration behind the Adventure collection. These timepieces accompany watch-making tradition with details geared towards a sports-oriented public: the bezel with the phoenix motif, filled with stainless steel with natural rubber; dials inspired by the design of instrument panels or by the rays of motorcycle wheels, chronograph push-pieces shaped like a brake pedal with rubber coating on the top.

Technical details

Model: BLF2007AA

  • Case: 7-piece case (lugs screwed onto the carrure), in double-strike forged stainless steel with black ion plating. Black ion plating with satin finish. Diameter 43 mm. Bezel with the phoenix motif, in filled stainless steel with natural rubber. Scratch-resistant, anti-glare sapphire crystal. Screw-down case back in sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 10 ATM
  • Dial: In black enamel with machining and galvanic applications for the markers and timers
  • Strap: In original Belstaff Balistic Hooker
  • Movement: Belstaff automatic, based on ETA 7750, with chronograph functions. Ionised black rotor
  • Retail price: upon request

Models: BLF2001AA – BLF2001BB – BLF2001CC

  • Case: 7-piece case (lugs screwed onto the carrure), in double-strike forged stainless steel with black ion plating. Polished-satin finish. Diameter 43 mm. Bezel with the phoenix motif, in filled with stainless steel with natural rubber. Scratch-resistant, anti-glare sapphire crystal. Screw-down case back in sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 10 ATM
  • Dial: AA: in white enamel with clous de Paris decoration, with the Belstaff phoenix; BB: in black enamel, with clous de Paris decoration, with the Belstaff phoenix; CC: in black enamel, with clous de Paris decoration, with the Belstaff phoenix
  • Strap: In original Belstaff Antique Black “Replica” leather
  • Movement: Belstaff automatic, based on ETA 2824. Ionised black rotor.
  • Retail price: upon request

The Vintage Collection

The Vintage collection, on the other hand, draws on the design of the renowned Roadmaster jacket. It has been specially created for fans of the Belstaff legend: a 1950s-style case and exclusive details such as straps in Replica leather and a unique graphic design for the dials.

Technical features

Models: BLF1001AA – BLF1001BB

  • Case: 7-piece case (lugs screwed onto the carrure), in double-strike forged stainless steel. Polished-satin finish. Diameter 40 mm. Scratch-resistant, anti-glare sapphire crystal. Screw-down case back in sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 10 ATM
  • Dial: AA: In white enamel with applied Arabic numerals and markers; BB: In black enamel with applied Arabic numerals and markers
  • Strap: In original Belstaff Burnt Brown leather
  • Movement: Belstaff automatic, based on ETA 2824, time only; Date at 3.00 o’clock
  • Retail price: upon request

Model: BLF1003AA

  • Case: 7-piece case (lugs screwed onto the carrure), in double-strike forged stainless steel. Polished-satin finish. Diameter 40 mm. Scratch-resistant, anti-glare sapphire crystal. Screw-down case back in sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 10 ATM
  • Dial: In white enamel with applied Arabic numerals and markers
  • Strap: In original Belstaff Burnt Brown leather
  • Movement: Belstaff automatic, based on ETA 2895-2, time only with small seconds dial at 6 o’clock
  • Retail price: upon request

Historical Notes

Founded in England in 1924, Belstaff now remains the sole custodian of the protective-clothing tradition, a legacy that brings together ancient and modern skills, technology, design, and fashion.

The historical Trialmaster jacket, which has been worn by generations of motorcycling enthusiasts, has become a legend in its own right. From famous champions like the record-breaking Sammy Miller, with his 1250 victories, and Phil Read, who never entered a Grand Prix race in the rain without it, to such legendary names as Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who wore it on his epic journey across Latin America. Belstaff jackets lose none of their value over time, and indeed 1950s and ’60s jackets have become authentic collectors’ items and are jealously treasured by real bikers.

Belstaff has also played a highly significant role in the history of Hollywood films costumes. Its designers have worked in close contact with designers, creating garments that have often become inextricably identified with the personalities who wear them.

Belstaff motorcycle jackets became the distinctive element of film stars in the 1950s, with great names like Marlon Brando, James Dean, and Steve McQueen. Great Hollywood celebrities of the present day, such as Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Nicole Kidman can all be seen wearing Belstaff jackets both on and off screen.

Milestones

1930s: Manufacture of protective clothing, eyewear, gloves, boots, helmets, and bags.

1930s: Launch of Belflex, a special nylon fabric used for the famous XL500 jacket. Its wearability, sturdiness, and durability are still unsurpassed today.

1994: Launch of Belfresh, the nylon fabric with an extraordinary capacity for absorbing and eliminating bodily transpiration, making it ideal in hot weather.

1995: Launch of the Beltech protection system, which offers an incredible degree of watertightness, breathability, and protection against the weather and falls.

1999: Launch of Ironguard, the first fabric with external metal protection.

2000: Launch of the Reacta concept, an intelligent protection system that stabilises the internal temperature in all conditions.

2002: Launch of the Bags and Shoes Division.

2003: Launch of Balistic Fabric: offering exceptional performance, it is used in safety equipment for emergency corps.

2003: Elastoseam® patent, a special stitching system that uses elasticised waterproof inserts to let the garment adapt to the most extreme movements.

2004: Diablo patent: this sturdy ultra-light nylon fabric is used for the Extralight Collection. The Eyewear Division, which became operational in 2005, was set up in the same year

2005: Launch of Cotfort, a high-count fabric, extremely fresh, robust, and elastic, made with a combination of Cordura® cotton fibres and Elastan.

2006: International patent for the Q.A.S. (Quick Adjustment System®), which uses special sliding wheels to adapt garments instantly to any movement.

2008: Agreement signed with Lorenz S.p.A. for the worldwide watches-sector license. The models are designed by the two companies working together and they are distributed on the world market by the historic Italian watch-making company.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.