Bell & Ross has presented the BR 126 Blackbird, a limited edition watch inspired by the SR-71 stealth aircraft of the 1960s.
The SR-71 aircraft, known as the 'Blackbird', completed intelligence and photo tracking missions from 1960 to 1980. Its avant-garde design and matte black paint that absorbed radar waves has influenced the new Bell & Ross timepiece, described by the brand as a "highly contemporary vintage watch".
The Bell & Ross BR 126 Blackbird is limited to 500 pieces. It has a flyback chronograph movement, making it "particularly suited to aviation" due to the time saving features appreciated by pilots. A single push of the 'flyback' button will stop the chronograph and return the hand to zero, and the hand restarts immediately as soon as the button is released.
The watch has a stainless steel case with black PVD finish and measures 43 mm for "better legibility". It has an anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal, and has a stem raiser for increased comfort and handling of the crown.
The BR 126 Blackbird comes with both an orange canvas strap, to match the orange dial details, and a black rubber strap. It has a tachymeter scale, as well as an AM/PM indicator at 9 o'clock and a small seconds subdial at 3 o'clock. Numerals, index and hands are covered in photo-luminescent coating, and a date display is found at 5 o'clock.