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New: Bell & Ross BRV2: 3 New Vintage Models, 3 Universes, 3 Functions

by Peter Chong on February 4, 2020

Bell & Ross releases three new professional inspired watches for urban explorers. All three are the BRV2 models viz BRV2-93 GMT Blue, BRV2-92 Military Green, BRV2-94 Aerovondale Bronze.

Press Release

Bell & Ross BRV2-93 GMT Blue

The GMT models can display two time zones at the same time. An indispensable tool for aircraft pilots and a companion for globetrotters, these “tool watches” go back to basics in terms of their design and shape which were influenced by two keywords: functionality and legibility. Following on from the BR V2-93 GMT 24H launched in 2018, this year, Bell & Ross has completed its range of watches targeted at modern frequent travellers – both professional and civilian – in search of a chic and functional timepiece. The contemporary design of the BR V2-93 GMT Blue – perfectly suited to 21st century travellers – places it at the heart of the modern era.

Its 41-mm round steel case is characteristic of the Vintage series, with integrated protection for the screw-down crown. With a galvanic blue case-back featuring a sunray pattern, the dial is a nod to the world of air travel and long transatlantic trips, while the second hand counterweight is subtly styled in the shape of an aircraft. The bi-directional rotating bezel in two-tone anodised aluminium (grey for daytime and blue for night-time) means the time in a second time zone (shown on a 24-hour scale) can be
read instantly thanks to the fourth hand, or the “GMT” hand, with its stand out red arrow.

For optimal legibility, the four faceted hands and the decal indices and numerals boast a photoluminescent coating in white Super-LumiNova®

REF. BRV293-BLU-ST
Movement : BR-CAL.303. Automatic mechanical. Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Functions: hours, minutes and central seconds. Second time hand rapid-setting, independent from the hour hand. Date.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Case: 41 mm in diameter. Satin-polished steel. Bi-directional bezel with 24-hour scale. Blue and grey two-colour anodised aluminium disc. Screw-down crown. Sapphire case-back.
Strap: grey and blue elastic canvas strap or satin-polished steel.
Dial: blue sunray. Numerals and indices coated in white Superluminova®. Metal skeletonized Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.
Buckle: folding for metal bracelet.

Bell & Ross BRV2-92 Military Green

Based on the principle that the essential should never give way to the superfluous, with this new BR V2-92 Military Green model, Bell & Ross engineers and watchmakers have designed a practical watch perfectly suited to all uses. Paying tribute to the men on the ground who were the first to use the wristwatch as fundamental instruments for their missions, Bell & Ross has unveiled a sport-chic civilian version of its BR V2-92 which evokes nature and wide-open spaces. Staying faithful to the military technical specifications, the anti-reflective matte khaki dial is legible both day and night, the sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant and the Swiss mechanical movement with automatic winding is highly precise and has been tested for all types of missions.

To ensure optimal legibility, the BR V2-92 Military Green shares the same lineage as watches from the Bell & Ross “LUM” collection which are treated with green-coloured Super-LumiNova® C3 to maximise their luminescent qualities. Playing on both the discreet nature of the khaki camouflage dial and its functional design, it is aimed at professionals and daily adventurers searching for a timepiece which is robust and timeless. Faithful
to lines from the Bell & Ross Vintage collection, its 41-mm round steel case with a crown guard is equipped with a glass dome, or “glass box”, and a black bi-directional rotating bezel in anodised aluminium to measure short periods.

In a nod to well-known Bell & Ross “Military Type” references, the BR V2-92 Military Green continues this connection both on a technical and stylistic level. The date is displayed in a round window at 4.30 – one of the brand’s signature features – the khaki disc inside being the same colour as the dial. Adventurous and urban, the BR V2-92 Military Green goes back to basics yet continues the great tradition of professional timepieces.

REF. BRV292-MKA-ST
Movement: calibre BR-CAL.301. Automatic mechanical. Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock. Date. Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Case: 41 mm in diameter. CuAI7Si2 bronze. CuAI7Si2 bronze bezel with scale and anodised aluminium insert and tachymeter. Screw-down crown and push-buttons. Sapphire case back.
Strap: black calfskin leather.
Dial: black. Metal applique numerals and indices. Metal skeleton Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands.
Buckle: folding. Satin-polished CuAl7Si2 bronze.

Bell & Ross BRV2-94 Aerovondale Bronze

In a nod to the Vintage BR Aéronavale collection, this year Bell & Ross went a step further and unveiled a new BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze in a limited edition of 999 pieces that combines functionality and elegance while subtly reflecting the prestigious ceremonial uniform of French naval officers. This elegant chronograph is clearly aimed at lovers of beautiful timekeeping instruments. In stabilised CuAl7Si2 bronze (91% copper, 7% aluminium and 2% silicon), its 41-mm case stands out with its distinctive yellow gold colour. Known for its changing nature that gives it its unique character, bronze – a material cherished by Bell & Ross – provides a whole palette of unique shades. Although stabilised, the material changes over time – as if by magic!

Similar to the other chronographs from the Vintage series, the BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze is equipped with a fixed bezel, here in navy blue anodised aluminium. Its ocean blue dial is decorated with gilt metal indices and numerals and baton-shaped skeletonised hands in white Super-LumiNova® for optimal legibility. The functional, ultra-curved “glass box” sapphire crystal reinforces both the classic style of the piece and its resistance. In this sense, the BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze meets all the criteria of the military technical specifications intended for such a timepiece. This refined chronograph featuring screw-down pushers will appeal to collectors looking for a model with a vintage feel which evokes the “bi-compax” chronographs from the 1960s which featured two sub-dials.

The BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze has all the technical qualities of a modern timepiece namely, reliability, robustness, elegance, precision and legibility.

REF. BRV294-BLU-BR/SF
Movement: BR-CAL.301. Automatic mechanical. Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock. Date. Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Case: 41 mm in diameter. CuAI7Si2 bronze. Bezel with anodized blue aluminum ring and 60-minute scale. Screw-down crown and push-buttons. Sapphire case back.
Strap: blue elastic canvas strap.
Dial: blue sunray. Gilded and polished numerals and indices. Satin-polished and gilded skeleton Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands.
Buckle: satin bronze.

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