One year prior, for Baselworld 2017, Bell & Ross presented another “Vintage” assortment , their traditional scope of watches, with round cases and more sensible measurements. This new BR Vintage assortment was completely updated to be more slender, more modest and all the more exquisitely formed. A significant achievement, which was later followed by a few beautiful restricted versions, for example, the Gardes-Cotes or Bellytanker . Before Baselworld 2018, Bell & Ross just presented another variant in the Vintage assortment, the Vintage BR-V2 Steel Heritage . And if the typical ones were at that point cool, these new ones are unquestionably even cooler.
The entire thought of the Bell & Ross Vintage assortment, while keeping the dashboard instrument motivation and the connection with military and flying, is to offer something more old style, more rational, more… round! While we’re not talking about rich dress watches either, the vibe of these BR-V2 Vintage watches is less strong and “segmenting” than the squared BR-01 and BR-03 pieces. With the new assortment presented at Baselworld 2017, the Parisian brand downsized the cases, going from 43mm to 41mm, yet in addition gave the watch a more adjusted, more compact plan, and slimmer profiles. The entirety of that was combined to spotless, military-propelled dials and profoundly domed sapphire gem to upgrade the vintage look. By and large, no doubt… The 2017 Bell & Ross VIntage range was a success.
This year, as a amuse-bouche for Baselworld 2018, the brand has made a slight advancement, bringing considerably more vintage accents to two of the models: the 3-hand with pivoting bezel BR V2-92 and the chronograph BR V2-94, named “Steel Heritage” .
The Bell & Ross Vintage BR V2-92 Steel Heritage
The first form to get this “Steel Heritage” treatment is the 3-hander. Estimating 41mm across, outfitted with a bi-directional bezel with hour long scale and water impervious to 100m meters, this Vintage BR V2-92 Steel Heritage is to be viewed as a strong all-adjusted, a games watch made for activity – yet not a genuine jump observe either. The case, similar to the remainder of the assortment, shows more limited drags and more bended surfaces. Inside the case is a programmed ETA-clone development, which shows the hours, minutes and seconds on the focal pivot, just as the date at 4h30.
The primary curiosity concerns the dial, which keeps its dark tone and its huge 3-6-9-12 pilot-lists, however adds a cool-factor for the sake of artificial patina. To be sure, all the hours’ numerals/records and the hands are currently loaded up with cream-shaded radiant paint, for a more grounded vintage feel. The water opposition is additionally imprinted in red at this point. By and large, the Bell & Ross Vintage BR V2-92 Steel Heritage acquires a 1960s look. This model will be accessible on elastic tie or steel bracelet.
The Bell & Ross Vintage BR V2-94 Steel Heritage
Second watch of the Bell & Ross vintage assortment to get this “Steel Heritage” treatment is the pleasant BR V2-94 chronograph. Additionally estimating a sensible 41mm distance across, it is again traditionally planned, with a two-counter showcase (little second and 30-minute counter), while being fitted with an outer bezel and screwed pushers for a sportier look. More wearable and more compact than previously, it remains water impervious to 100m (on account of the screwed pushers) and is controlled by a programmed ETA-based chronograph movement.
A few oddities are noticeable on this Bell & Ross Vintage BR V2-94 Steel Heritage; the first being the bezel. Most importantly, compared to the 2017 “standard” version , the bezel, which is as yet fixed, highlighted an aluminum embed with an hour long scale, rather than a tachymeter scale. With respect to the dial, this BR V2-94 Steel Heritage has some cream-hued records, numerals and hands (all brilliant) just as its water opposition imprinted in red. This model will be accessible on elastic lash or steel bracelet.
Prices and Availability
The new Bell & Ross Vintage BR-V2 Steel Heritage will be accessible in stores and in the brand’s webshop as of Baselworld 2018 (finish of March 2018). Costs will go from EUR 2,600 for the 3-hand BR V2-92 Steel Heritage on elastic (EUR 2,900 on steel bracelet) to EUR 3,900 for the Chronograph BR V2-94 Steel Heritage (EUR 4,200 on steel bracelet). More subtleties on bellross.com .