Bell & Ross 2021 Watch Releases
Friday - 02 July 2021
A new Golden Heritage watch, a generous selection of limited edition timepieces, and a new Alpine Racing watch collection are just a few of the many models to be released from Bell & Ross as part of Watches & Wonders 2021 this year.
Birthing watches left, right and centre, Bell & Ross’ timepieces based on airspeed indicators, instrument control panels and altimeters keep banging on our doors and making us sit up and listen. In fact, it’s hard to keep up with the watches shooting out of famous French manufacturing facilities of late. This list of Bell & Ross 2021 releases won’t be news to you if you’re a keen follower of the brand already, but it will certainly point you in the right direction when deciding which one to add to your collection first. Watches & Wonders 2021 has been very lucrative for the military and aviation wristwatch specialist, who continues to surpass the industry’s expectations with one covetable timepiece after another. Let’s round up the best from Bell & Ross this year so far.
The French luxury watch brand celebrates the debut of the Alpine F1 team in this year’s French Grand Prix with the release of the new Alpine Racing collection. Formerly known as the Renault F1 Team, the limited edition watch collection has been rebranded to promote the sports car brand with a striking blue and black BR 03 watch (housed in its signature square-shaped case), a lightweight titanium BR X1 Military iteration, and two tonneau-shaped watches, clad in the same black and blue outfit to support Alpine’s colourways.
The BR 03 94 A521 features a stealthy black dial with vivid blue elements that are hard to take your eye off. A tachymeter scale chases the edge of the dial while the counterbalance on the end of the chronograph hand features the Alpine motif. A black bidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale imprinted onto its surface makes measuring elapsed times easy – a feature that is also shared with the other Alpine Racing models. Completed on a black rubber strap and promising a 100-meter water resistance, there are definitely similarities to be appreciated between the BR 03 model and the two BR V3 94 watches.
The BR V3 94 models are barrel-shaped and powered by the BR CAL.301, which offers a power reserve of 42-hours – one finished on a steel bracelet – the other on a black and blue carbon-effect leather strap. These two could be considered the sportiest of all the collection, while the BR X1 bears some differences altogether. Crafted from lightweight titanium, it features a skeletonised dial with an X-shaped upper bridge that can be enjoyed as part of the BR CAL.313 through the watch’s dial side. These limited-edition watches from the Alpine Racing collection will certainly appeal to motorsport fans as well as those who consider sporty chronographs their weak spot.
BR 03 92 Red Radar
Crafted from black ceramic, the Bell & Ross Red Radar Limited Edition is a 42mm-sized companion that echoes the scanning motion of the light beam on a radar screen. Instrument-inspired (we wouldn’t expect anything else from Bell & Ross) the limited to 999-pieces model has a dial composed of two concentric discs that display different elements of time. Want to access just the minutes? Look towards the inner section of the dial. The hours? Just reference the outer scale. The planes printed on the screen hover above the dial, recreating a flight path, while the central second hand continually sweeps across the dial, governed by the CAL.302. A black fabric strap encloses with a Velcro closing or you can enjoy the resilient black rubber strap with a black PVD coated pin buckle for a sportier look.
BR 05 Skeleton Nightlum
The Bell & Ross Skeleton Nightlum watch brings something new to the wrists of 500 lucky enthusiasts. The BR 05 was first launched a couple of years ago and marked a mix of steel sports watch aesthetics and the iconic “circle within a square” profile. Borrowing some key elements from other well-established designs, the Skeleton Nightlum also extends the brand’s LUM collection.
With a strong focus on day and night legibility, the watch features a semi-transparent dial crafted from tinted sapphire, along with hands and indexes that have been treated with Super-LumiNova C5. This material promised a green daytime glow and a brighter, fluorescent green glow by night. The BR-CAL.322, which lies beneath it, is partially exposed and entirely coated in black. It features a black PVD-coated 360-degree opened rotor, putting parts of the movement on show in a completely unique way. Available on either a steel bracelet or a black rubber strap, there are certainly advantages to be had from both models. The bracelet version brings a dressier appeal to the party while the rubber strap is somewhat sportier and more relaxed.
BR 03 92 Diver Military
The Bell & Ross BR 03 92 Diver Military watch is crafted from ceramic and conveys a strong forces-inspired aesthetics thanks to its khaki green dial, black coated hands, and luminous hour indexes. Designed for use on the front line, its easy to grip bidirectional rotating bezel in black ceramic has visible markers for measuring elapsed time whether on dry land or underwater. Likewise, the Bell & Ross Diver Military watch will appeal to those who just love the look of the BR 03 case. This black ceramic version delivers something wholly modern to the wrist, with a black rubber or khaki synthetic strap to play about with and a useful 38-hour power reserve courtesy of the BR CAL.302. This is another limited edition piece though, so be sure to register your interest now to secure one of the only 999 pieces available.
BR V2 94 FULL LUM
The Bell & Ross BR V2-94 FULL LUM is a derivative of the aforementioned LUM collection and plays on the concept of luminescence and its evolution over the years. From radium, which was banned in 1963, to tritium – another material that was later replaced in the mid-1990s with Super-LumiNova – the story of lume on a watch dial is an interesting one, to say the least. Super-LumiNova is a material that requires charging to emit its light, so when the clock strikes “dark” at night, the entire dial comes to life. The Bell & Ross FULL LUM watch boasts a dial treated entirely with Super-LumiNova. The green Superluminova C5 pigment grows brightly, while the 30-minute chronograph counter at 9H is finished in a different luminescent grade for a contrasting shade against the rest of the dial. The watch, limited to 250 pieces worldwide, is crafted from steel. It features a sporty black textile band and is powered by the BR-CAL.301.
BR 03 92 Diver Red Bronze
Whether you’re planning on wearing the Bell & Ross Diver Red Bronze watch underwater or not, it certainly delivers on all dive watch levels. Its beautifully crafted square-shaped case is crafted from bronze, which not only develops its own patina over time but contrasts superbly against the deep red tones of the dial and matching anodized aluminium bezel. The 300-meter water-resistant limited-edition dive watch of just 999 pieces features lume plots on the dial, a date window, strong anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass, and a reliable self-winding engine. Completing its rare look, the brown calfskin strap with cream contrast stitching imparts a very definite vintage-inspired look on the wrist. This is a Bell & Ross dive watch that will appeal to fans of its current and past catalogue of military dive watches.
BR 03 93 GMT
Make way for the BR 03 93 GMT because it’s a travel companion that doesn’t necessarily feel like an “in your face” GMT watch. Credit where credit’s due, Bell & Ross has done well to develop a watch with a second time zone function that still looks like a faithful BR 03 design. Its red arrow-tipped GMT hand can be used in combination with the red and black “Coke” inspired bezel, while a black leather strap keeps the watch looking classic. The Bell & Ross BR 03 93 GMT watch features luminous-coated indexes and hands, a date window at 4:30, and is powered by the reliable CAL.303, which sits inside a robust 100-meter water-resistant stainless steel case.
BR 03 92 Golden Heritage
Finally, it wouldn’t be like Bell & Ross to release a plethora of models this year and leave something like the Golden Heritage out. Its traditional-inspired aesthetics are both vintage and modern rolled into one. The watch is crafted from stainless steel and boasts a stunning beige and black ensemble. The light brown calfskin strap is paired with beige-coloured (gold applique) Arabic numerals, stick indexes and Super-LumiNova-coated central hands. The tool watch is inspired by military instruments once again and is powered by the BR CAL.302 with a date feature at 3 o’clock. The new Golden Heritage watch features a solid caseback and a screw-down crown that enables it to maintain 100-meter water resistance. Other features of the watch are exactly what we have come to expect of the Golden Heritage design - Satin-finished and polished effects on the case, a solid sapphire crystal glass and a beautiful unadorned bezel.
For more information on any of the models we’ve featured in this article or to secure an order today call our sales team on 01335 453453 or check out the entire range of new Bell & Ross releases for 2021 here.