After our extraordinary odyssey in the horological novelties space novelties Louis Moinet, we’ve now reached the point of return to our dry land to pursue with panache our epic micromechanical saga.
The second after we put our two feet on the solid ground, we are surprisingly welcomed by the ampersand squadron of the French Watch Patrol, also known as Bell & Ross.
Without protest, we’re following suit our escort heading to the brand’s post for a thorough dig of an intimate part of its 2019 novelties.
Hands on the wall, legs spread, leather gloves strung (let’s be crazy), are you ready to make it cough to see what will come out?
So hang your stomach to your heart, and vice versa, because something tells me that this year, Bell & Ross has really had struggled to hold back!
BR 03-92 MA-1
For 2019, the double agent Bell & Ross has gone rogue and flipped its Bomber upside down with the BR 03-92 MA-1.
Directly inspired by the 1958 reversible US Air Force’s MA-1 Flight Jacket produced for the first generation of jet pilots, the BR 03-92 MA-1 is wrapped in a 42mm camouflage with a Khaki ceramic case harboring a perforated dial on an orange background reminding the underside of this iconic military jacket.
And since the orange lining of the original equipment served primarily as a visual reference in the event of a crash, it made sense for Bell & Ross to make the khaki calfskin bracelet of its BR 03-92 MA-1 reversible too, for an immediate instant crush in any ally or enemy territory.
BR V2-94 BELLYTANKER BRONZE
Much more used to inscribe a circle in a square, Bell & Ross has nevertheless successfully lent itself to the tangent game by achieving probably one of its best pieces of the year.
If Bell & Ross is anything but a beginner at this, since two rounded chronographs called “El Mirage” and “Dusty” had already been produced in collaboration with The Rake X Revolution, Bell & Ross has nevertheless accomplished the feat of propelling its BR V2-94 Bellytanker bronze at the top of the watchmaking coolness.
And this thanks to a subtle yet radical balance of hues in a John Player Special Effect fashion (more infos available here at Monochrome (Hi Xavier, whatup ?), infos I would only have had paraphrased otherwise.)
Horological home run achieved for this 41mm BR V2-94 Bellytanker bronze-aluminum (formula CuAI7Si2, more stable in time than the traditionally used bronze) and its black and gold inverted “Panda” type dial protected by an ultra domed sapphire glass.
BR 03-92 DIVER
Another horological touchdown made this year by Bell & Ross, this time in the diving field, with the introduction of two new versions of its 42mm BR 03-92 Diver: the BR 03-92 Diver Black Matte and the BR 03 -92 Diver Green Bronze, both water resistant to 300 meters.
While the BR 03-92 Diver Black Matte is draped in a ceramic dress with a dark dial both as black a Frogman commando, the BR 03-92 Diver Green Bronze opts for a CuSn8 bronze scuba case, an olive green dial, and an insert on the unidirectional rotating bezel of the same hue for total marine look.
BR 03-92 BI-COMPASS
True to its military aspirations and inspirations, especially regarding the aircraft onboard instrumentation, Bell & Ross has decided to pay tribute to the accuracy, readability, reliability, and performance of these navigation analogous tools by creating the BR03-92 Bi-Compass.
With its stealthy ceramic case and dial both matt black, its Super-Luminova on all and every hands, numbers and indexes, and its self-winding BR-CAL.302 caliber, the BR03-92 Bi-Compass just seems to come right off a dashboard of a fighter aircraft for an absolutely gorgeous analogous sex appeal.
BR V2-92 MILITARY BEIGE
Two new 41mm rounded pieces add to the Bell & Ross’s Adventurer, woops sorry, Vintage collection this year: the BR V2-92 Military Beige and the BR V2-94 Military Beige Chronograph.
BR V2-94 MILITARY BEIGE
BELL & ROSS R.S.19
For its third year of partnership with Renault F1 Team, Bell & Ross added a new icing on its four cakes-models with a colorful topping of the same hue of the functional codes found on the steering wheel of the French Formula 1.
If the epileptical dials looks like they’re just righ off the pop-arty universe, it is certainly not to simulate the trip Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo must have while driving, but indeed to be able to immediately identify each indication by a color in order to increase readability.
Who knows, it might be useful on a departmental road limited to 80km/h someday ?