After designing racing cars inspired by aeronautical shapes, Bell & Ross has now designed a plane of its own. The BR-Bird, brainchild of Bruno Belamich, Bell & Ross's co-founder and creative director, fits the bill. An ultramodern single-seat, propeller-engine aircraft, built entirely of high-tech material (graphite, fiberglass, titanium and aluminum alloy), the BR-Bird is powered by a V12 Rolls Royce Falcon developed on a Merlin base (names that have legendary status in aviation, particularly thanks to the legendary English Spitfire).
The colour code on the Racing Bird watches mirror the BR-Bird
Bell & Ross has also unveiled two limited edition watches inspired by the BR-Bird. This identity of speed and performance is evident in the design of the three-hand and chronograph Racing Bird watches.
These timepieces share their aesthetic choices with the racing aircraft designed by the Bell & Ross studio, particularly the color code - the dial is white, like the fuselage of the plane.
The numerals, bezel, chronograph counter and strap are blue, like the empennage and decorative elements tracing the aerodynamic lines of the BR-Bird.
The central second hand, details on the dial and lining of the leather strap are orange, like the color highlighting the most important information on the flight instruments. The timer is grey, reminiscent of the chequered flag used in speed competitions, like the Bell & Ross logo on the wings and flanks of the aircraft.
On the dial, the numerals use the same typography as the on- board counters, and the date window shows three numerals - a direct reference to flight instrumentation. The final touch is the silhouette of the aircraft on the case back and at the base of the second hand (on the three-hand version) and the second timer (on the chronograph version). With a 38.5mm steel case for the BRV1-92 and a 41mm for the BRV2-94, both versions are powered by a self-winding mechanical movement.
With their graphic design and style, these limited edition BRV1 and BRV2 Racing Bird watches are starting a new chapter in a saga that weaves together Bell & Ross and aviation history, performance, extreme professionals, and passion.
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