Bell & Ross Alpine F1® Team Collection

Since 2016, Swiss watch brand Bell & Ross has been associated with the Renault F1® Team. To celebrate the arrival of the Alpine brand at this year’s Grand Prix races, the team has been renamed Alpine F1® Team. And Bell & Ross has become its official timekeeping partner.

To celebrate this continued partnership the Franco-Swiss company has launched an Alpine F1® Team watch collection, inspired by the world of Formula 1™. This sixth family of exceptional timepieces includes three ultra-sporty chronographs.

Bell & Ross Alpine F1® Team Collection

The recent arrival of Luca De Meo as General Director of the Renault Group has led to a number of strategic changes. The legendary Alpine name now represents the group in Formula 1™. Renault F1® Team has been rebranded Alpine F1® Team.

Bell & Ross Alpine F1® Team Collection

There are a number of major similarities between the worlds of aviation and Formula 1™. The engineers working in both domains are constantly in search of the ultimate mechanical performance. In particular, their common aim is to develop a machine that is as light as possible while retaining a very high level of resistance.

The timepieces designed by Bell & Ross, and especially those in the Alpine F1® Team collection, incorporate the best of both these worlds. Partners at the racing circuits, the watchmaker and the racing car constructor are similar in many ways.

Since the very outset, the watchmaker has designed ultra-sporty timepieces while Alpine has produced racing cars – a symbol of elegance, agility and sporting prowess. The iconic berlinette A110 coupé, born in 1962, won the world rally championship in 1973 as well as numerous other races.

The two partners also retain a certain artisanal dimension. Like the Alpine racing cars, the watchmaker’s exceptional timepieces are, for the most part, assembled by hand.

Finally, the mountains are another point in common between the two companies. The workshops where the innovative Bell & Ross models are made are surrounded by Swiss mountain landscapes while the Alpine name was chosen by its founder, Jean Rédélé, in memory of his numerous successes on the roads in the Alps.

Bell & Ross Alpine F1® Team Collection

For 2021, Bell & Ross has developed an initial collection of watches inspired by the graphic charter of the Alpine team.

Bell & Ross Alpine F1® Team Collection

Under the name Alpine F1® Team, this series comprises three sporty and sophisticated avant-garde timepieces. The stopwatch function has been inextricably linked with motor sports since time immemorial. It serves to measure short periods of time and thus the speed of racing cars.

Bell & Ross Alpine F1® Team Collection

Stylish, functional and easy to read, these three watches reiterate all the Bell & Ross know-how in the field of professional watchmaking. They are called the A521, in reference to the current Alpine A521 single-seater.

Bell & Ross Alpine F1® Team Collection

Relatively similar, the dials of these sporty timepieces reflect the visual identity of Alpine, in particular the constructor’s basic colour code of blue, black and white. They also call on cutting-edge materials tested on Formula 1 cars.

Bell & Ross Alpine F1® Team Collection

These exceptional watches will be worn throughout the 2021 season by the staff of the Alpine F1® Team.

Bell & Ross BR V3-94 A521

This is the simple and effective instrument watch par excellence. Its round steel case with a diameter of 43 mm is drawn from the Vintage collection.

Bell & Ross BR V3-94 A521

The dial includes 12 numbers painted in white, which contrast with the surrounding black to ensure optimum legibility. The typeface in italics conveys and idea of speed and momentum.

The two stopwatch counters are configured as stars and white circles, calling to mind the racing car’s wheel rims. They also offer a glimpse of the watch mechanism. The counterweight of the central second hand of the stopwatch takes up the stylised “A” of Alpine.

Bell & Ross BR V3-94 A521

A mini red, white and blue flag at 6 o’clock recalls the French origins of Alpine. The duotone speedometer function allows the owner to calculate the speed of a racing car. Used in conjunction with the stopwatch, the two-way rotating bezel marks the time in even greater detail.

Bell & Ross BR V3-94 A521

Two straps are available: conventional steel or perforated leather, hatched on the upper side and reminiscent of carbon fibre.

This classic timepiece is available in a limited series of 500.

Technical details

Model: BR V3-94 A521
REF. BRV394-A521

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.301 Automatic mechanical

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock and date
Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds
Tachymeter scale on the flange

Case
43 mm in diameter
Satin-finished and polished steel
Crystal: curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Bidirectional rotating steel bezel with anodised black aluminium ring and 60-minute countdown scale
Screw-down crown
Crown guard
Sapphire case-back
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Black dial
Applique numerals covered with Super-LumiNova®
Metal skeletonised Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Carbon-effect blue and black calfskin leather or satin-finished and polished steel
Buckle: folding buckle in satin-finished and polished steel

Edition
Limited edition of 500 pieces

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 A521

This is the iconic Bell & Ross case, the “circle in a square” introduced on the BR-01. It is available here in steel, in the 42 mm BR-03 format.

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 A521

The dial is similar to that of the BR V3-94, only with the date moved to 6 o’clock. It incorporates subtle touches of “Alpine blue”, in particular on the two hands of the stopwatch.

The two-way rotating bezel offers a countdown from 60 to 0 minutes – very handy at the start of a race. The toggle push-buttons with black PVD finish are reminiscent of the paddles to be found on the steering wheels of racing cars.

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 A521

The perforated rubber strap is lighter and breathable, helping cool overheating wrists. This timepiece is a limited edition of 500 pieces.

Technical details

Model: BR 03-94 A521
REF. BR0394-A521/SRB

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.301 Automatic mechanical

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock and date
Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds
Tachymeter scale on the flange

Case
42 mm in width
Satin-finished and polished steel
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Bidirectional rotating bezel with anodised black aluminium insert and 60-minute countdown scale
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Matt black dial
Applique Super-LumiNova®-filled numerals
Metal skeletonised Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands

Straps
Perforated black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric
Buckle: Pin buckle in satin-finished and polished steel.

Edition
Limited edition of 500 pieces

Bell & Ross BR-X1 A521

This is the most sophisticated model in the collection.

Its multi-material case combines grade-5 titanium, ceramic and rubber. The toggle push-buttons are made from titanium covered in rubber for better grip. Their ergonomic design recalls the paddles on the steering wheel of a Formula 1™ racing car. A rubber shell surrounds the case to protect it against impacts. Great attention has been paid to the skeleton dial.

Bell & Ross BR-X1 A521

The glazed base offers a view of the spectacular skeleton mechanism, including the symbolic X-shaped central bridge and the moving balance spring. The bezel is divided into a fixed, graduated section made from titanium and the rotating aluminium ring, covered with black PVD which allows the wearer to mark the time.

Bell & Ross BR-X1 A521

This skeleton timepiece is a limited edition of 50 pieces.

Technical details

Model: BR-X1 A521
REF. BRX1-A521/SRB

Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.313 Automatic mechanical
‘X’-shaped upper bridge
56 jewels, 28,800 vph
Skeleton chronograph

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Skeletonised date at 6 o’clock
Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds
Tachymeter scale on the flange

Case
Width 45 mm
PVD titanium and ceramic with rubber inserts
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Bi-directional rotating steel bezel ring with time marker
Rocker pushers
Case-back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centred on the balance
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Skeleton dial
Metal applique Super-LumiNova®-filled numerals
Metal skeleton Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands

Strap
Perforated black rubber
Buckle: Pin buckle in steel with black rubber overmoulding

Edition
Limited edition of 50 pieces