Last year, in 2016, we reported to you another partnership between Parisian brand Bell & Ross and Formula One Team Renault Sport – a partnership that we didn’t expected at first however that CEO Carlos Rosillo disclosed to us in details , just to evade any confusions. For sure, the brand was usually focused on military and flight timepieces however this transition to F1 and sports cars certainly opens new horizons. Talking novelties, and keeping in mind that the 2017 F1 season will soon start, Bell & Ross just revealed their new Renault Sport F1 collaboration piece, the BR03-94 RS17 Chronograph, the new flagship of this race-oriented line of watches.
While Renault Sport Formula One Team was hosting a press conference occasion to dispatch their new R.S.17 racing car – because, yes, the 2017 F1 season will start soon – Bell & Ross profited by this occasion to dispatch their new collaboration piece, which marks the second year of partnership between the watchmaker and the F1 team. What we have is another chronograph, sporty, colorful and striking, and using cutting edge materials. This Bell & Ross BR03-94 RS17 is everything that you could anticipate from a race-car oriented watch and, uplifting news for the F1 enthusiast, it will be part of a trilogy dispatching later this year at Baselworld. After the complex BR-X1 RS16, accessible in skeleton chronograph or even with a tourbillon chronograph development , Bell & Ross comes back to more accessible pieces, which could easily please more collectors.
New Formula 1 season, new car, new livery, new pilot (Nico Hulkenberg, joining Jolyon Palmer), and, more in accordance with our books, another watch. However, the recipe remains the same as the 2016 editions, especially in terms of style. The new Bell & Ross BR03-94 RS17 uses the color codes of the Renault F1 livery, which means a predominantly dark scheme, illuminated with bright yellow accents. The comparison with the F1 car is on the visual side, yet in addition on specialized aspects. First, the BR03-94 RS17 is a chronograph, which seems to be the most relevant choice for a race-car-oriented piece. At that point, it uses cutting edge materials, for the case and the dial (once more, the connection with F1 must be undeniable).
The Bell & Ross BR03-94 RS17 Renault Sport F1 is based on the “03” case, which means the smaller version of the “round inside a square” notorious case design – and, at 42mm across, it remains already a large watch, large enough for a robust wrist presence. The matte dark case, with commonplace screws on each corner, is manufactured in ceramic (lightweight, resistant, scratch-proof), with two rectangular pushers on the right side – one in yellow and one in dark. Traditional to the brand, it is secured to the wrist by a dark rubber strap, textured and coordinating the case in terms of color and grain.
The dial of this Bell & Ross BR03-94 RS17 Renault Sport F1 is the principle development compared to the aeronautics oriented pieces. Dressed in dark with yellow accents all over (hands, tachymeter scale, sub-counter rim), the primary plate of the dial is made out of carbon fiber, to recall the material generally used in F1 cars. Also new are the applied and luminous Arabic numerals, of course, more in accordance with the racing work of this watch (no use of the usual sandwich pilot dial and pilot numerals). The format is classical and productive: central hours and minutes, small second at 3, 30-minute counter at 9 and date at 4h30, circled by a red rim. Sporty, strong and colorful yet not exaggerated.
Inside the case is caliber BR-CAL.301 (a programmed chronograph development, based on a 2894 architecture), a development that will perfectly do the work and will be reliable over the years. The Bell & Ross BR03-94 RS17 is water resistant to 100m. Alongside the rubber strap, the watch will also be delivered with a ultra-resilient dark synthetic fabric strap. It will be a restricted version of 500 pieces, priced at 5,600 Euro (retail price). Accessible soon at retailers and on Bell & Ross webshop . Mored details on the devoted website here .
Specifications of the Bell & Ross BR03-94 RS17 Renault Sport F1
- Case: 42mm x 42mm Squared case – matte dark ceramic – sapphire crystal on the dial side – plain ceramic back – 100m water resistant
- Movement: calibre BR-CAL.301 – programmed – 4Hz frequency – 42 hours power reserve – hours, minutes, small second, chronograph, date
- Strap: dark rubber strap on dark PVD covered steel pin clasp, additional ultra-resilient dark synthetic fabric strap
- Ref: BR 03-94 R.S.17