Back at Baselworld 2017, Bell & Ross satisfied gatherers by dispatching another “Vintage” assortment , which had many fascinating highlights: more modest in width, with slimmer cases, a by and large upgraded shape, and some cool details… A triumphant combination for some B&R darlings. Among the 3 watches introduced (3-hand, 3-hand with rotatable bezel and chronograph), the model that presumably struck me more than anything else was the less difficult HMS form, a straightforward utilitarian, little and sensibly valued watch. This Bell & Ross Vintage BR V1-92 today gets its “Military” identifications , in another (and super-cool) version.
At Bell & Ross, everything began with military roots. Their watches were, toward the start, roused by the requirements of extraordinary powers and field activity. Recall these pieces with military markings and an idea were driven essentially by their clarity and common sense. At that point came the watch that would before long change the brand everlastingly: the BR-01 , the squared piece with a round dial, profoundly enlivened by dashboard instruments found in military planes. This is the place where B&R acquired prevalence and made its reliable community of gatherers. In any case, the brand couldn’t adhere to this extraordinary motivation just, and today we can discover watches with connections to race vehicles or pieces with exceptionally specialized soul . And if this permitted the brand to develop and to pull in new customers, it’s obviously that the base community is about the brand’s military DNA.
Today, Bell & Ross have returned to fundamentals by introducing the Vintage BR V1-92 Military … It’s a basic, utilitarian and fundamental watch with everything you could want in a Bell & Ross watch, and a solid military motivation. Extravagant, no! Complex, no! Extravagant, absolutely not! Yet, don’t misunderstand me, there are numerous subtleties all through this watch to win your love. Above all else, and that’s the general purpose of this BR V1-92, are its case and measurements. Preceding the 2017 assortment, the Vintage line up was very enormous and fairly sharp in plan . In any case, with the new assortment, the whole reach has been upgraded, however we additionally saw the option of a “entry-level”, straightforward and top notch model.
The Bell & Ross Vintage BR V1-92 Military depends on a 38.5mm case executed in hardened steel, with nothing more colorful than a glossy silk brushed completion and no extravagant highlights. And think about what, this clean, nearly moderate methodology just works here. The controlled measurements, the meager bezel combined with a profoundly domed sapphire gem, the utilitarian look… all that reviews collectible (think WWII) military watches, like those from the filthy dozen. The moderately little crown and the combination here with a dull brown calfskin lash, marginally matured, makes an extraordinary – and very rich truth be told – bundle, with incredible style.
It’s surprising how coming back to a straightforward and proportional watch can be pleasant… and comfortable as well. The fundamental interest in this new “Military” of the Bell & Ross Vintage BR V1-92 is, obviously, its dial. While the standard rendition presented at Baselworld 2017 was fitted with a dark dial with traditional 3-6-9-12 lists and pilot style hands, all painted in white, the current adaptation adds a little artifact and “armed powers DNA“.
The lists have an old style subject, with 5-minute markings, while the marker at 12 is finished with a triangle encompassed by two dabs (again, a conventional feature of military/pilot watches). Notwithstanding that, to underline the vintage subject, records and hands are loaded up with cream brilliant paint, reviewing matured tritium. At last, a red engraving at 6 (again something old style in military pieces) with MT for “Military Type” complements the subject. Generally speaking, it’s a dial with incredible personality.
The Bell & Ross Vintage BR V1-92 Military is outfitted with a programmed development, in view of a Sellita SW-200, a solid and exact workhorse that consummately fits the idea of this watch. It is encased behind a steel back. It shows the hours, minutes and seconds on the focal hub just as the date, circumspectly imprinted on a dark plate and set in a little roundabout window at 4:30 – frankly, we might have done without…
The Bell & Ross Vintage BR V1-92 Military is presently accessible in stores and on the B&R webshop , at a cost of EUR 1,990. More subtleties on www.bellross.com .
Technical Specifications – Bell & Ross Vintage BR V1-92 Military
- Case: 38.5mm width – glossy silk tempered steel – sapphire precious stone on the dial side, steel back – 100m water resistant
- Movement: calibre BR-CAL.302 – programmed – 4Hz recurrence – 38h force hold – hours, minutes, seconds and date
- Strap: brown calfskin lash with steel pin buckle
- Reference: BRV192-MIL-ST/SCA
- Price: EUR 1,990
- Availability: October 2017