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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.

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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

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