After becoming synonymous with military and diving timepieces, Bell & Ross keeps breaking away from the aesthetics that popularized it. Not that they won’t venture down those routes again. But, rather the thought that diversifying its offerings can yield better results and widen their customer base is the true catalyst.
This isn’t the first AeroGT model for the BellRoss. They actually introduced the model line and concept behind these timepieces last year. It’s actually a very novel premise in the horology market, to base watches off of “supercars” that have yet to be developed or properly road tested. An attempt by the brand to awaken new interests in their offerings.
Now a year later Bell & Ross return to this gimmick with a totally revamped sports-car; while the watch mainly underwent a new color-scheme, shifting from red highlights to a more orange motif. Since these models are motorsport related they’ve been equipped with a chronograph movement. It’s an upgrade from the previous AeroGT model which only had three hands. After all one needs to be accurate measuring time and distances. Bragging rights come to those who can precisely state their accomplishments. But, it would also be nice to eventually be able to see and actually test-drive one of these “supercars”.
The 42mm iconic round inside a square case is made of satin polished stainless-steel with a solid case back, except for a small sapphire crystal opening, centered on the movements balance. There are two push-pieces to the right side of the case with a steel crown in between them. One of the pushers has been colored orange to distinguish itself as the button that operates the chronograph functions. All topped over by a scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on an open worked skeleton dial with metal applied hour index markers. Followed by smaller minute index markers circling the dial. There are three sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position; a 30-minute counter at the 9 o’clock position; and a sub-seconds at the 12 o’clock position. Also includes a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position and a tachymeter scale circling around the dial, near the bezel.
The movement bridge seen thru the skeleton dial has had those parts anodized orange, to provide a livelier look. Breaking up the monotony of just a complete undistinguishable array of grey metalized components. Plus the hands and hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Bell & Ross 03-94 Aéro GT Orange
This “Bell & Ross 03-94 Aéro GT Orange” (Ref#: BR0394-SC-ORA/SCA) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BR-CAL.319 with 37 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the timepiece is a Bell & Ross perforated black calfskin strap with orange piping and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric, while secured to the wrist by a satin-polished stainless-steel pin buckle. This is a limited edition watch with only 500 manufactured pieces. For more detailed information visit the official Bell & Ross website.
MSRP: $8,800.00 USD
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