Bell & Ross – BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

By - April 1st, 2013

Bell & Ross   BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

While there has been a long-standing tradition of real aeronautical instrumentation and precision-crafted timepieces from Bell & Ross, the company truly reached new heights with its BR 01 Aviation Collection. Part of Bell & Ross’ ensemble set to debut later this month at the all-important BASELWORLD 2013 exhibition, the new BR 01 Aviation Collection features not one, but three distinctive watches based on actual cockpit instrumentation. There is the BR01-92 Heading Indicator, which borrowed the same outline graphics of an airframe and features three concentric discs that move independently to tell seconds, minutes, and hours. With the replacement of knots and mph indices with hours and minutes, Bell & Ross recreated the airspeed indicator, or the exact likeness of it, with the BR01-92 Airspeed. Last but not least, the BR01-97 Climb is nearly indistinguishable from the actual variometer at first glance, except for the 1 to 12 indices.

Water resistant up to 100 meters, all of the watches are encased in 46mm Black PVD steel casement with a sapphire crystal dial. Each model is limited to 999 units only, though Bell & Ross will be offering the first 99 purchases an exclusive collector’s box containing all six timepieces from the BR 01 Aviation Collection of 2012 and this year as well.

Bell & Ross   BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

Bell & Ross   BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

Bell & Ross   BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

BR 01-92 Heading indicator

Movement: ETA 2892 mechanical automatic.
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds.
Case: 46mm diameter. Black PVD* steel finish. Screw-in crown.
Dial: three independent concentric discs, graduated for the hours and minutes. The seconds are marked out in the center on a disc, which is not graduated, featuring a yellow marker. The hour reading is indicated by the yellow triangle, which appears on the outer hours’ disc. Minutes are read from the middle disc. Markers: a plane and yellow index marks are engraved under the glass.
Glass: sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating.
Water-resistance: 100 meters.
Straps: rubber and heavy-duty synthetic fabric

Bell & Ross   BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

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Bell & Ross   BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

BR 01-92 AIRSPEED

Movement: ETA 2892 mechanical automatic.
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds.
Case: 46mm diameter. Black PVD* steel finish. Screw-in crown.
Dial: Black. The hour, minute and second graduations have been separated, with the minutes in white on the main dial, and the hours in the center in yellow. Seconds are read on the outer raised dial. The three colors of the original instrument – green, white and yellow – are used on the raised dial and indicate quarters of an hour. The index marks and hands have a photoluminescent coating for nighttime reading.
Glass: sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating.
Water-resistance: 100 meters.
Straps: rubber and heavy-duty synthetic fabric.

Bell & Ross   BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

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Bell & Ross   BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

BR 01-97 CLIMB

Movement: ETA 2897 mechanical automatic.
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds. Date.
Case: 46mm diameter. Black PVD* steel finish. Screw-in crown.
Dial: black. Date window at 3 o’clock. Yellow power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. Hands, index markings and date window covered in a photo-luminescent coating.
Glass: sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating.
Water-resistance: 100 meters.
Straps: rubber and heavy-duty synthetic fabric.

Bell & Ross   BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

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Bell & Ross   BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

Bell & Ross   BR 01 Aviation Collection Watches

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