After designing the racing and motorcycle concepts, the designers of Bell and Ross turned to the sky to meet the latest challenges-but this time, they designed an aircraft that could actually participate in the Reno Air Race in a record-breaking way. It is still a very cool watch, and it also produced the same excellent watch, Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph 41mm watch replica (and the three-handed BR V1-92 “Racing Bird” replica of the same level.
|The Bell & Ross BR-Bird high-speed plane|
The BR-Bird aircraft (above) is the brainchild of Bell & Ross co-founder and creative director Bruno Belamich. A high-speed, single-seat propellor-engine plane designed to compete in the famous Reno Air Races, it is made entirely with high-tech materials such as graphite, fiberglass, titanium, and aluminum alloy and powered by a V12 Rolls Royce Falcon engine on a Merlin base (the Merlins were used in the legendary Spitfire military planes). With a length of 9.5 meters and a broad wingspan of 10.31 meters, the BR-Bird reaches a maximum speed of 909km/h, or Mach 0.73. As with the watches released alongside the B-Rocket, AeroGt, and Bellytanker, the replica Racing Bird models (offered as either a three-hand automatic, the BR V1-92, below, and as a chronograph, the BR v2-94) display the design influence of the aircraft.
One of the watches to accompany this aeroplane racer is the Bell & Ross BRV2-94 Racing Bird replica, a pilot’s watch with chronograph functionality and a distinctly retro colour theme. It uses the same base as last year’s model, meaning a 41mm steel case with screwed pushers and crown, and is offered on either a blue and orange leather strap or a three-link satin-finished steel bracelet. Personally, I prefer the steel bracelet version, as there’s already a lot of colour going on with this watch and the addition of a blue strap is a bit overpowering.
The white dials take their cue from the color of the plane’s fuselage, while the blue of the hour numerals, chronograph subdial counters, tachymeter scale, and minute track elements matches that used on the empennage of the BR-Bird, the rear part comprising the stabilizer, elevator, vertical fin, and rudder. A bright orange, used to highlight the most vital information on the cockpit’s flight instruments, appears on other dial highlights, including the replica chronograph seconds hands, as well as in the lining of the blue calfskin straps. The gray color used in other segments of the minute track, and in a sector of the chronograph’s subdial, echoes the color of the checkered flags used in aerial speed competitions. The Arabic hour numerals on both dials are in the same font as those on the dashboard counters.
The date windows, at 3 o’clock on both models, are in the classical flight instrumentation style, with three visible numerals and an orange pointer indicating the current date. The central seconds hand (for running seconds on the three-hand, for counting stopwatch seconds on the chrono) features a silhouette of the Br-Bird aircraft as its counterweight.
The simpler of the new models, the Bell & Ross BR V1-92 replica, is also the smaller of the two: its satin-polished stainless steel case measures 38.5 mm in diameter and houses the automatic BR-CAL.302 movement (based on the Sellita SW300-1), with a 28,800-vph frequency and a 38-hour power reserve. A curved sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating covers the dial, accented by painted blue numerals and Super-LumiNova-filled skeleton hands. The watch, offered on a calfskin strap with orange lining, is a limited edition of 999 pieces.
Brand: Bell & Ross
Model: BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph Replica
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: White
Indexes: Arabic, painted
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Blue calfskin leather strap or stainless steel bracelet
The Movement: Caliber BR-CAL.301 (ETA 2984-2)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, 30-minute chronograph, date
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
This Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph Replica watch is limited to 999 pieces. The leather strap is priced at 3,990 Euros or 4,400 U.S. dollars, and the steel strap is priced at 4,300 Euros or 4,700 U.S. dollars. More information, please visit our latest replica Bell & Ross watch listing, we are the largest and most reliable replica of luxury watches store, copy watches such as Rolex, Patek Phillippe, Panerai, Cartier, Hublot, IWC, Tag Heuer and more.