Fans of watchmaker Bell & Ross are well aware of the brand’s aeronautic-inspired timepieces. Defined by their clean look and high precision, they are a throwback to the beginnings of the brand, which took its inspiration from instruments found in the cockpits of airplanes.
I’ve always been a fan of the brand’s Heritage line in particular, mostly because it embodies the world of aeronautics and precision timekeeping very well, while at the same time keeping the design simple and stylish.
Among the brand’s offering from the Heritage collection - which was introduced in 2009 - the Vintage series of watch is probably my favourite. And that’s not for a lack of solid competition within the collection, where we also find the brand’s very popular squared-case models, including the likes of the bold BR 01.
This collection has just entered its third generation, and we now have the benefit of two new models as part of the Vintage line: the three-hand V2-92 and a V2-94 chronograph
The standard model is powered by the calibre BR-CAL.302 automatic movement, while the chronograph relies on the calibre BR-CAL.301.
Both watches are cased in a 41mm polished/satin-finished steel case and feature the iconic look of a black dial with traditional sand-coloured numerals and rounded lugs to boot. The combination not only provides high contrast to ensure readability, but it also gets some style points by adding to the vintage feel of the watches, which look as if they have aged with a patina.
The styling combination results in a watch line that evokes the past while at the same time belonging to the contemporary era, thanks to technologies and materials that combine high performance with a retro styling spirit.