Two of the highlights from the Bell & Ross Vintage collection (2013 edition) are the 41mm Vintage BR 123 and BR 126 Sport Heritage models. On board with us on this is well know horological commentator Robin Swithinbank who sees this range of smaller, more classic instrument-inspired designs as the direction Bell & Ross should be heading.
Swithinbank likes “the vintage khaki lume, the clean dial, the sunken bezel and the domed sapphire crystal on these watches. The balance is damned near perfect – even the date shipped down to between 4 and 5 o’clock works.”
What he doesn’t like is the rubber strap on the standard model which he advises be switched out for a a dark brown leather strap like the one used in the limited edition Falcon models (made in partnership with Dassault for the 50th anniversary of the Falcon private jet).
Prices start at £1,950/$3,100 for the BR 123 and £2,850/$4,500 for the BR 126. Both are pre-order at the moment and scheduled for release this autumn.