It was only last year in 2016 that Bell & Ross announced their partnership with Team Renault Sports, leading them into Formula 1 territory. But, since then various timepieces have sprung from this union, like this new “Bell & Ross Renault Sport 40th Anniversary” edition.
So, to recap once again over this historically military-inspired horology brand, also quite known for their aviation theme watches. But, in recent history they have begun to venture into diversified terrain with their productions, such as motorsports and supercars. Their first Renault themed pieces were the “BR-X1 RS16 Skeleton Chronograph” & “BR-X1 RS16 Tourbillon” right before Formula 1 season began.
Followed shortly after by the simpler less colorful “BR 03-94 RS17” model, which was part of a limited edition of only 500 manufactured pieces.
And shortly after that we were presented with updated versions of models that had been introduced to the market for less than a year, in the form of these: ”BR-X1 RS16 Skeleton Chronograph” & “BR-X1 RS17 Tourbillon”.
And among some of the more inventive Bell & Ross offerings, we recall this updated version of their “supercar” themed watch designated as “03-94 Aéro GT Orange”.
But, this new edition has opted for a much simpler vintage look, compared to all these recent past releases. The 41mm case is made out of satined steel with a solid caseback. There are two push-pieces to operate the chronograph functions, with a setting crown in between them. The all covered by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, which also assists in keeping water-resistance on this watch capable of reaching up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a black dial with white hour index markers and the Arabic numerals 6 and 12. Followed by a yellow ring circling the dial near the bezel with smaller black minute index markers. There are two silver ringed sub-dials with a: sub-seconds at the 3 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter at the 9 o’clock position.
Hands, numerals and hour index markers have all undergone a photoluminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. “Renault 1977-2017” can be seen in white, in the bottom mid-half of the dial, aligned with the 6 o’clock positon. Also includes a date aperture between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.
Bell & Ross BR 126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary
This “Bell & Ross BR 126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary” (Ref#: BRV126-RS40-ST/SRB) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BR-CAL.301 with 37 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the case is a Bell & Ross black rubber strap with a grip pattern, secured to the wrist by a satin-polished steel pin buckle. This is a limited edition watch with only 170 manufactured pieces, as a tribute to the number of times Renault has counted victories in the Formula 1 circuit. For more up to date info visit the official Bell & Ross website.
MSRP: $3,900.00 USD
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