Bell & Ross has regularly looked to the area of aviation and motorsports for the layout inspiration of the watches — for instance, a great deal of the dial designs and design elements of Bell & Ross Watch Straps Replica watches are based on flight instrument panels. The recently released Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 & V2-94 Bellytanker watches are motivated by a racecar in the ’40s. The Bell & Ross Vintage Bellytanker series goes to get a more calming and classic style and colour scheme than some more aggressive Bell & Ross designs.The name Bellytanker and the affiliated racecar really have roots in the realm of aviation. The idea behind these would be to enable the flights to have an protracted range, but once empty, might be dropped mid-flight and help save weight and improve remaining fuel market. As a part of an aircraft, the Bellytankers were, by necessity, very aerodynamic and this also made their design applicable for racecars, especially, for the type of automobile designed to go very fast in a straight line at a place such as the Bonneville salt flats. As a further tribute to these cars and that age, Bell & Ross also made a concept car — a contemporary interpretation of this Bellytanker.
You will find several Bell Ross Watches Replica collections that use essentially the exact same basic case design but also in different dimensions (and each with different models). The BR 01 is a wrist-eclipsing (for me, anyway) 47mm, the BR 03 like the one reviewed here is 42mm, and the BR S is 39mm. The BR X watches are Bell & Ross’ “Experimental” collection which also use some variant of the square instance but with generally more elaborate constructions, avant-garde designs, and haute complications (hands on example here using the Bell & Ross BR X2 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor). There are divers in different collections — and there are more in the past, like the BR 02 — but, again, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver is the first diver in the square case.You will need to be the final judge as to whether Bell & Ross got it directly with the BR 03-92 Diver — and I recommend you try it on first — but my judgement after wearing it almost daily for a few weeks is that they did. The Bell & Ross instance is instantly identifiable as such, however the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver can also be only a serious-looking dive watch. It further manages to play the portion of a bold-wearing luxury sport watch with an aggressive existence — and at precisely the same time, it looks meaningful and down-to-earth, so the wearer does not seem like he’s desperate for attention. Finally, despite that boldness and presence, its dimensions and measurements somehow keep it amazingly wearable. At this time, these are my impressions while wearing it.
Built in a limited edition of just 5 pieces — the Bell & Ross Transparent Chronograph Tourbillon Sapphire BR-X1 — unveiled to the world earlier this year — is available for sale now, and marks a new era for the brand’s high-tech chronograph. The watch is meticulously machined from six pieces of sapphire, making it totally transparent.
That transparency beautifully showcases the flying tourbillon and mono pusher chronograph that are built into the Caliber BR-CAL.285 hand-wound movement with four days of power reserve. The 45mm sapphire case is accented with a translucent rubber and kevlar reinforced strap and features a skeletonized dial.
Cutting a watch case from a solid block of sapphire is an extremely difficult process. It takes long hours of machining, then polishing, to produce one. The case is cut from six blocks of sapphire: middle piece, back, top, crystal and the two bumpers and is assembled with screws. It retails for $500,000.