Father’s Day arrives June 18, and there is still plenty of time to find just the right watch for dad’s wrist. If you’re still not sure which timekeeper would look best on the male parent in your life, below is our second post with a few suggestions. And of course, we’ve considered options with a variety of budgets in mind. Time to go shopping.
Judging by the reaction on social media and the site, it was a watch that changed hearts and minds about B&R’s ability to do interesting things in the vintage field, with a fanatical attention to detail (those brushed applied indices, sigh…) and, honestly, it looks even better a year on.
Bell & Ross released a toned down vintage model this year, the first in their ‘3rd Generation’ vintage armada, with a flatter case and a smaller diameter. It’s a strong piece, with notable improvements to quality like screw-down chronograph pushers, but it’s in a monochromatic rather than colourful mood. Which made us think of last year’s blue-tiful BR126 Aeronavale.
Just before the famed Paris Air Show’s opening in June, Bell & Ross invited Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier and French Air Force Rafale Display pilot Capitaine Benoit Tao Planche to its Paris headquarters to officially present them with two examples of the limited edition BR-03 Rafale chronograph (500 pieces) the French watchmaker debuted at Baselworld 2015.
Originally inspired by instrument panels in vintage cockpits, the BR series has been well received as an iconic member of the pantheon of watches inspired by the past. Experimenting with various materials like ceramic, titanium, forged carbon and precious metals, the softened square design has proved remarkably adept at re inventing itself. More often than not these new reveals cultivated a feel of power and speed with a direct relationship to motorsports in one form or another. As well as the BR series adapted to these contemporary materials and designs, it’s truly remarkable that this canvas has adapted so perfectly to a throwback look accented with Rosewood. The warmth of the wood is combined with either bronze in the time only and chronograph versions, or rose gold in the venerable tourbillon. These particular variations speak to a maritime heritage without shouting, and simultaneously highlight the uncanny adaptability of the basic frame. Each edition will be released on a limited basis with 500 of the time only, 99 of the chronograph and 20 tourbillons to be offered.
Bell & Ross ‘s racing watch, entering the increasingly crowded watch field around designing DNA, technical materials, high-performance cars. In a press conference held in London on February 21, Renault and Bell and Ross also launched a new RS 17 Formula One car, and launched a new BR03-94 RS17 watch, in 2017 Basel World Auto Show debut TheThese iPhone case, iPad watchbox and Apple Watch Band opportunities, all can be customized according to everyone’s preferences.
Building on the success of the B-Rocket motorbike, Swiss Bell & Ross releases a watch based on their concept car.
The Bell & Ross AeroGT Watch is available in two versions. Pictured above is the BR 03-92, which has three hands and is powered by a skeletonized mechanism. Also available is the BR 03-94, a contemporary chronograph with two chronograph dials. These versions feature black leather straps reminiscent of car interiors.
The retro design aesthetic takes its inspiration from aviation. From the blue sunray dial and a reliable Caliber BR-CAL.301, this watch will take you through the rest of the summer. Combining elegance and functionality, the new vintage BR126 Aéronavale is a 43mm polished steel case powered by a mechanical automatic movement.
In my years reviewing Cartier timepieces, I’ve mainly chosen round watches. Actually, most people who buy watches choose ones with round cases. I say this due to reviewing the Cartier Santos 100 watch was a bit left-field for me. But, it is a decision I am happy that I made because this is a timepiece with a huge amount of wrist-appeal once you actually put it on.
According to iconic designs, I would posit that the Bell & Ross BR03 series is certainly up there. I mean, if you see a square-cased aviator, who do you consider produced it? Bell & Ross, that’s who. Hence, when it came time to release some new stuff for Baselworld 2016, the brand came up with a new iteration – the Bell & Ross BR-03 Desert Type, which the brand claims is based on the sand colored outfits of Air Force pilots on desert missions.
If you shout from the hilltops that you’re a men’s watch brand, it takes quite a lot of back pedalling to launch a women’s model. IWC is the classic case in point, and for a when it used the slimmer Asian wrist as the reason for producing smaller case sizes, before eventually capitulating in 2014 with its elegant Portofino 37mm collection, with unapologetic lashings of mother of pearl and diamonds.