Bell&Ross – Vintage BR 123 & 126 Original Carbon

Bell & Ross has created the Vintage Collection to pay tribute to the aviators of the 1940s who were the first professionals to consider the wristwatch as an aid to their missions.

2011 now sees the addition of a new model to the Vintage Collection: the Vintage Original Carbon. Bell & Ross has used the latest technologies to combine the authenticity of vintage watches with the legibility principles of an instrumentation panel, all in a single wristwatch.

A vintage case for a modern watch – The circular case is reminiscent of the wristwatches from a bygone era.

The anti-glare, matt black carbon finish is inspired by the colour of an instrumentation panel, designed to make the dials easier to read by eliminating glare.

The white hands and index marks provide a contrast against the black background of the dial, adopting the legibility principles of professional aviation instruments. With a photo-luminescent coating, these are clearly readable both during the day and at night.

The ultra-curved glass gives the watch a vintage look. Unlike the original version, it is made from highly-resistant sapphire crystal, reminiscent of the intensive use made of on-board flight instrumentation.

Two quality Swiss movements are available: an authentic hours, minutes and seconds version (BR 123) and a chronograph version (BR 126).

The Vintage Original Carbon reinforces the consistency and synergy between all of the brand’s collections.

It perfectly illustrates the Bell & Ross philosophy: to create watches of a professional vocation for which legibility, functionality, accuracy and reliability are the priority.

BR 123 Original Carbon Movement – ETA automatic mechanical.

Functions – Hours and minutes, with an independent second hand. Date.

Case – 41mm diameter, black PVD steel finish.

Dial – Matt black. The numbers, index marks and hands have a photo-luminescent coating for night-time reading.

Glass – Anti-glare, ultra-domed sapphire crystal.

Water-resistance – 100 metres.

Strap – Black calfskin.

Clasp – Buckle tongue. Black PVD steel finish.

BR 126 Original Carbon Movement – ETA automatic mechanical.

Functions – Hours, minutes, seconds. Date. Two-counter chronograph (with 60-second and 30-minute registers).

Case – 41mm diameter, black PVD steel finish.

Dial – Matt black. The numbers, index marks and hands have a photo-luminescent coating for night-time reading.

Glass – Anti-glare, ultra-domed sapphire crystal.

Water-resistance – 100 metres.

Strap – Black calfskin.

Clasp – Buckle tongue. Black PVD steel finish.

Source: Bell&Ross

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