To celebrate the reopening of the “French Grand Prix” the haute horlogerie brand Bell & Ross is releasing a new timepiece stamped with the French Flag. So, let’s take a closer look at the “BR V2-94 R.S.18”.
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Bell & Ross has been a sponsor of the “Renault Sport Formula One™ Team” for nearly three years. And in this short time frame they have already released several models spreading awareness and generating brand recognition in the motor-sports arena. Historically the brand Bell & Ross was much more associated with aviation. But, it has become clear that with the release of the first “Bell & Ross BR-X1 RS16” which we reviewed here. And the subsequent releases up to this date, such as the most recent: “Bell & Ross BR 03-94 RS18” have shown the brand is successfully evolving in to much more than just an aviation watch.
The 41mm round case is made of stainless-steel with a satin-finish. While mounted to the case is a steel bezel with a black insert that features a tachymeter scale, which allows a car’s speed to be instantly calculated over a given distance.
The sapphire crystal exhibition case back showcases a metallized depiction of the Renault car and the unique serial number, for each of these limited edition pieces. Water-resistance on these timepieces can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a black carbon-fiber dial with Arabic numerals and a printed ring of white minute index markers, with larger white indexes for every five-minute increment. Carbon-fiber is a highly-prized material in the world of high-end motoring, making it a proper choice for this racing themed watch. There is also an internal yellow minute track ring of markers beginning at the 2 o’clock spot and circling around till the 12 o’clock position; this yellow coloring matches the central chronograph hand so they can pair together for the race countdowns and lap timing.
Design wise the color scheme of this watch clearly evokes the sporting world of race tracks and paddocks, with its numerals adopting the typography used for the “Renault Sport Formula One™ Team”. It includes two sub-dials: a sub-seconds with a white hand at the 3 o’clock position; and a 30-minute counter with a red hand and track ring at the 9 o’clock position. The central hands and numerals have been given a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position, highlighted by a red circumference.
Bell & Ross BR V2-94 R.S.18
This “Bell & Ross BR V2-94 R.S.18” (Ref#: BRV294-RS18) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BR-CAL.301 with 37 jewels and 28,800 Vph. This movement is based on the original “ETA 2894-2” chronograph caliber that also included a date. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours.
Mounted to this watch is either a: black micro-perforated calfskin with carbon fiber effect and a yellow lining; or a bracelet in satin-finished polished steel. This is a limited edition of only 999 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Bell & Ross website here.
MSRP: $5,400.00 USD – (with black micro-perforated calfskin)
MSRP: $5,700.00 USD – (with bracelet in satin-finished polished steel)
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