Bell & Ross CEO Carlos-A. Rosillo was awarded the prestigious French Legion of Honour at a special brand event in Paris, where the new Vintage collection was presented to 500 special guests.
The annual Bell & Ross event was held on September 18th 2012 at Hôtel National des Invalides, with guests including influential media figures, military representatives, pilots, politicians, and professionals from the watchmaking industry. Carlos-A. Rosillo received the prestigious 'Légion d'Honneur', the highest decoration granted by the French Republic, in a solemn and emotional presentation made by General Baptiste, Director of the 'Musée de l'Armée'.
Following the award, the brand introduced its 2012-2013 Vintage novelties, with a focus on two of its leading models: the Vintage WW2 Regulateur and the Vintage WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir.
The Bell & Ross Vintage WW2 Regulateur is a tribute to the timekeeping instruments used by bomber navigators in the 1930s and 1940s. The design puts emphasis on the minutes display - essential for aviators in calculating their position and flight speed. The watch is powered by mechanical automatic movement, and has a sandblasted steel case with grey PVD finish, measuring 49 mm. It has a black dial, anti-reflective sapphire glass, and comes with a distressed calfskin strap.
The Bell & Ross Vintage WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir is a reinterpretation of authentic 1920s aviation chronographs. The self-winding chronograph has a single access button that incorporates all of the chronograph's functions in a single command. The watch has a polished steel case measuring 45 mm, a domed dial with snailed counters, and a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. It comes with a calfskin strap.