Bell & Ross BR-Bird Limited Edition – BR V1-92 Racing Bird & BR V2-94 Racing Bird

Bell and Ross watch brand is renowned for its association with aviation as well as their professional grade wristwatches, especially the pilot watches inspired by the designs of flight instruments. Its passion for flying also helped the Swiss watch brand to design some extra-ordinary land machines such as B-Rocket motorcycle and racing cars like AeroGT and Bellytanker.

In 2014, Bell & Ross introduced the B-Rocket, a motorcycle with a name paying tribute to the prototypes of the 1950s designed to break the land speed records on two or four wheels. This same quest for the ultimate aerodynamics and extreme sportsmanship saw the 2016 launch of the AeroGT, a supercar inspired by the Rafale. Last year, Bell & Ross unveiled Bellytanker, a racing car featuring an aerodynamic body inspired by the drop tanks used by the fighter jets of the 1940s. This, year the watch making brand unveils a high-speed aircraft named BR-Bird.

The BR-Bird is a brainchild of Bruno Belamich, Bell & Ross’s cofounder and creative director. An ultramodern single-seat, propeller-engine aircraft, built entirely of high-tech material (graphite, fiberglass, titanium and aluminum alloy), the BR-Bird is powered by a V12 Rolls Royce developed on a Merlin base.

While its cockpit is placed as far back as possible, evoking the high speed of dragsters, its short but broad wings, placed very far forward, hark back to the Comet DH.88, Hughes H-1 and the Bugatti-DeMonge 100P of the 1930s, but also the famed P51 Mustang of the 1940s. Its Y-shaped empennage ensures maneuverability, while making it immediately recognizable. With its meticulously designed shape and its powerful aesthetic, the BR-Bird belongs to the world of speed, forging a bond between aviation history and future technology.

To mark this important achievement, Bell & Ross has created the BR-Bird Limited Edition watch collection with three-hand and chronograph watch models.

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.

On the dial, the numerals use the same typography as the onboard counters, and the date window shows three numerals –a direct 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 are powered by a self-winding mechanical movement.

Technical details

Model: BR V1-92 RACING BIRD
Reference: BRV192-BB-ST/SCA
Movement: Calibre BR-CAL.302. Automatic mechanical
Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds and date at 3 o’clock
Case: 38.5 mm in diameter. Satin-polished steel
Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres
Dial: white. Blue painted numerals. Metal skeleton
Superluminova®-flled hour and minute hands
Strap: blue calfskin with orange lining
Buckle: pin. Steel
Limited edition of 999 pieces

Model: BR V2-94 RACING BIRD
References: BRV294-BB-ST/SCA and BRV294-BB-ST/SST
Movement: Calibre BR-CAL.301. Automatic mechanical
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds and date at 3 o’clock. Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds.
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
Crystal: Ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres
Strap: satin-polished steel or blue calfskin with orange lining
Dial: white. Blue painted numerals. Metal skeleton
Superluminova®-flled hour and minute hands
Buckle: folding. Satin-polished steel
Limited edition of 999 pieces

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