This Swiss made Italian brand Bell & Ross has been venturing out of its comfort-zone, with previously launched models. But, this “Marine Instruments” collection marks their return to the aviation theme. Unveiling three new watches with this motto. One with a more traditional dial, while the other two models in the mix, exhibit an open-worked style.
The first marine instruments appeared in the 17th century with the specific purpose of guiding numerous vessels and ships across the oceans successfully. So, these new timepieces are directly inspired by the various clocks designed for shipboard use, which make up much of the naval and horology history. They’re a contemporary reinterpretation of the tools which link the past of tradition to our present modernity.
As more and more ships set sail in search of foreign lands and riches. So, did the number of shipwrecks occurring due to inaccurate navigation systems. The UK in particular being an island, depended on their sea voyages, in order to maintain a certain economic and military power. As they say “necessity is the mother of invention” and these dilemmas would lead the English to a vote.
In 1714 the English Parliament approved the “Longitude Act”, a law promising £20,000 to the inventor of a clock that was accurate up to one degree of longitude. One must recall that up until then navigators would rely on the night sky and its stars, to help them find the correct path on their voyages. But, thankfully John Harrison, a specialist micro-mechanical engineer, won the prize with a clock that offered unrivaled accuracy and shed a new light for all to follow.
Back in the 18th century clocks were housed inside wooden cases, but were seen thru round displays. It seems like we’re already describing the traditional Bell & Ross case, which tends to be a circle inside a square. And these models follow this exact description, only in a smaller overall package. The 46mm and the two 45mm cases that make up this collection are made of Indian rosewood, titanium for the central container section and bronze for its majority, except the 46mm model which uses 18k rose gold.
Bell & Ross 46mm Instrument de Marine
This “Bell & Ross 46mm Instrument de Marine” (Ref#: BR01-CM-203) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 203, with 17 jewels and 21,600 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 56 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet). Mounted to the watch is a brown alligator strap, secured by a bronze pin buckle. This is a limited edition of only 500 produced pieces.
Bell & Ross 45mm Instrument de Marine
This “Bell & Ross 45mm Instrument de Marine” (Ref#: BRX1-CM-313) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 313, with 56 jewels and 28,800 vph. It also features a ‘x’-shaped upper bridge. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 42 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 100m (330 feet). Mounted to the watch is a brown alligator strap, secured by a bronze pin buckle. This is a limited edition of only 99 produced pieces.
Bell & Ross 45mm Tourbillon Marine
This “Bell & Ross 45mm Tourbillon Marine” (Ref#: BRX1-CHTB-CM) is powered by a hand-wound flyting tourbillon, caliber 283, with 35 jewels, 282 components and 21,600 vph. Also features a mono-pusher column wheel chronograph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 56 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 100m (330 feet.). Mounted to the watch is a brown alligator strap, secured by 18k rose gold pin buckle. This is a limited edition 0f 20 produced pieced.
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