Bell & Ross: New Models to Debut at Baselworld
Swiss watchmaker Bell & Ross, renowned for its range of chronographs suitable for the most extreme conditions, will launch several new models at the industry’s annual meeting-place, Baselworld.
The most significant are two ‘grande complications’; multi-dialled works-of-art to be made in strictly limited numbers. Named BR Instrument Minuteur Tourbillon, the rose gold and carbon watch employs a tourbillon to compensate for the minute differences in accuracy due to Earth’s gravitational pull.
The BR Instrument Grand Minuteur is made from titanium and carbon-fibre and is intended as the ultimate watch for professionals working, quite often literally, 'under pressure'. Like its rose gold companion, it features four dials, allowing the following functions: flyback-action timer, hours and minutes, power reserve and separate second hand.
The new diving BR 02 Instrument Chronograph is designed to resist a pressure of 50 bars, that’s equivalent to a depth of 500m. During deep-sea diving, its decompression valve balances the pressure inside the case with exterior pressure. And to retain the watch’s visibility at these depths, the latest watch is fitted with photoluminescent large hands and indices.
Two versions of the newest chronograph will be produced: satin-polished stainless steel, and glass-bead-blasted with ‘vacuum carbon’ black-finish 316L steel. In addition, there’s a pink gold and carbon model (water-resistant to 300m, or 30 bars this time) available too. On all three professional-standard models a choice of strap is on offer, either rubber or heavy-duty synthetic fabric.
BR01 Instrument Yellow / Red
Baselworld 2008, the international fair for jewellery and watches, will run from 3rd to 10th of April and Bell & Ross will take the opportunity of presenting two more limited-edition BR01 Instrument models. Following the Blue, Orange and Phantom watches, the company is adding Red and Yellow models to its range.
For further information, see www.bellandross.com.
A full review of all the new items at Baselworld 2008 will appear on Classic Driver in the weeks ahead.
Text: Classic Driver
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