Inspired by the brand’s racing plane design, the Bell & Rose Racing Bird watches are a modern and colourful take on traditional pilot’s watch.
THE BELL & ROSS ADVENTURE STARTED IN A COCKPIT WITH WATCH DESIGNS THAT WERE DIRECTLY INSPIRED BY FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION. INSPIRED BY THE BRAND'S BR-BIRD RACING PLANE DESIGN, THE RACING BIRD THREE-HAND AND CHRONOGRAPH WATCHES ARE A MODERN AND COLOURFUL TAKE ON TRADITIONAL PILOT'S WATCH
Announced as part of the unveiling of a new conceptual racing plane design from Bell & Ross’ design studio, a flying machine that features
spectacular lines, two new Racing Bird watches inspired by this aircraft have become the symbols of the brand’s passion for aviation and creativity. With the BR V1-92 three-hander and the BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph, these new watches are meant to connect with the design language of the BR-Bird racing plane. Following designs for race cars and motorcycles, the BR-Bird is the latest out of Bell & Ross’s internal design studio, offering a svelte propeller-driven racing plane meant to compete at the Reno Air Races. While the BR-Bird is only a conceptual design study, the Racing Bird watches are entirely real limited-edition pieces and regardless of the inspiration, both are fun, and distinct editions within Bell & Ross’ BR V1 and V2 model ranges.
Looking specifically at the Racing Bird V1-92, we find a pilot’s watch with a crisp white dial, blue, grey, and orange accents, and an open ‘three day’ date display that is meant to elicit the look and feel of an airplane gauge. It’s hard not to understand the appeal of a relatively simple but nicely detailed pilot’s watch, and the BR V1-92 Racing Bird does a remarkable job of matching the design language set forth by the renderings of the BR-Bird design.
“The BRV1 and BRV2 Racing Bird limited editions are starting a new chapter in a saga that weaves together Bell & Ross and aviation history…”
The BR V1-92 is built around a 38.5mm wide stainless-steel case and sets itself apart from other V1-92 models with that open date display, full Arabic numerals, and the contrasting five-minute divided blue/grey minute scale. Additionally, the counterbalance on the seconds hand has been customised to the silhouette of the BR-Bird. The combination of these elements makes for a much more modern take on a pilot’s watch, especially when compared with much of the current vintage-inspired V1-92 lineup. Powered by an automatic Sellita SW3001 (Bell & Ross calls the BR-CAL.302), the BR V1-92 Racing Bird looks like a nicely sized and rather handsome translation of the style and spirit of the BR-Bird design.
Like its three-handed sibling, the BR V294 Racing Bird Chronograph is a distinct departure from the more vintage-inspired aesthetic of other models in this range from Bell & Ross. The dial will definitely be the talking piece of this watch. The white dial is as if the body of the racing plane. Hour markers, the timer at 9 O’clock, the bezel and the watch band are decorated with the same colour blue as the blue tail wing of BR-Bird and decorative lines in blue. Central chronograph second, leather lining and detailed decoration in orange stand out as well as the colour of the dashboard. Gray symbolises the brand logo on the racing plane. After the hour and minute hands in steel were hallowed out, they would be coated with Superluminova® material. The BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph is equipped with two watchbands, a steel bracelet and a blue cowskin strap with orange lining. BR-V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph opened a new chapter in designing and style, a limited edition of 999 pieces across the world.
With their graphic design and style, the BRV1 and BRV2 Racing Bird limited editions are starting a new chapter in a saga that weaves together Bell & Ross and aviation history, performance, extreme professionals… and passion.
The Racing Bird V1-92 is a pilot's watch with a crisp white dial, blue, grey, and orange accents, and an open ‘three day’ date
The BR-Bird is the latest out of Bell & Ross's internal design studio, a svelte propeller-driven racing plane meant to compete at the Reno Air Races
The white dial of the Racing Bird V2-94 is as if the body of the racing plane