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To cre­ate a new pair of watches in­spired by the au­to­mo­tive world, Bell & Ross first de­signed the Aerogt con­cept car as the start­ing point.

Men's Folio (Singapore) - - Special Feature -

If the suc­cess of the B- Rocket mo­tor­bike in 2014 proves any­thing, it’s that Bell & Ross is its own best muse. So when the time came to cre­ate new watches for mo­tor­heads, rather than look­ing to ex­ist­ing rac­ers, the brand de­signed a su­per­car con­cept to serve as its in­spi­ra­tion. The Aerogt is an avant- garde aero­plane- car that com­bines aero­nau­tics and grand tour­ers in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion – its drop-shaped glass roof calls to mind a cock­pit’s canopy; twin ex­haust pipes evoke tur­bo­jet en­gines; and tur­bine-style rims re­sem­ble air­craft vanes. Per­for­mance-wise, the two-seater is imag­ined to be crafted in car­bon fi­bre mono­coque and pro­pelled by a 4.2- litre V8 en­gine, matched with an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, for an am­ple 610 horse­power. All said, it’s pretty amaz­ing – not to men­tion re­al­is­tic – for a hy­po­thet­i­cal ve­hi­cle.

While not a pre­cur­sor to any pro­duc­tion model, the Aerogt in­stead pro­vides the blue­print for a pair of time­pieces. The BR 0394 Aerogt is a di­rect ex­pres­sion of the con­cept car, equipped with the ar­che­typal driver’s chrono­graph, while the BR 03-92 Aerogt is a sim­pli­fied ver­sion with a clas­sic three- handed time dis­play. Both tick­ers are housed within a fuse­lage-style steel case, with skele­tonised di­als to re­veal the me­chan­i­cal mo­tor within (the same re­duc­tion is also seen in rac­ing cars). The touches of red serve to en­cour­age ac­tion, from the in­di­ca­tor tri­an­gles and alu­minium crowns, to the start push- but­ton and counter hands on the chrono­graph vari­ant, while black quilted leather straps with red top­stitch­ing point to lux­u­ri­ous car in­te­ri­ors. Like the retro-fu­tur­is­tic B- Rocket be­fore, Bell & Ross once again demon­strates its cre­ative strength by ar­tic­u­lat­ing the me­chan­ics of time through a cut­ting- edge con­cept ve­hi­cle.

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