Bell & Ross mens replica watches will once again offer up a few new “Aviation Instrument” themed collection of replica watches based on the BR 01 (BR01) case. I believe this is the third or fourth year of doing so and it began with pieces like the BR 01 Compass and then the BR 01 Radar replica watch. The concept of the piece is to be even more directly “instrument” inspired even though the Bell & Ross BR 01 is called the “Instrument.” Having said that, the standard BR 01 replica watches are straightforward standard replica watch dials while the Aviation Instrument collection are a bit more “interpretive.”
You sort of either love or hate these luxury replica watches. Some people say that Bell & Ross is messing with their tried and true formula of unambiguous military replica watch designs, and still others love the playfulness and designs of these pieces which are directly inspired by specific cockpit instruments. Last year for 2012 we covered the three new Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument replica watches here with the Turn Coordinator, Altimeter, and Horizon. Now we look at the 2013 BR 01 Airspeed, Heading Indicator.
The first thing you’ll notice of course is that these replica watches take on a black and white with yellow trim theme. That is except for the Airspeed which adds a few more colors (though yellow is dominant). Bell & Ross provides images of the actual instrument so that you can see how the concept went from cockpit to wristreplica watch design. As always, Bell & Ross did a good job of “replica watchifying” them, but with various levels of legibility. I find that those pieces that are the most legible are the ones I enjoy the most. So in this case, I would be most partial to the Airspeed and Climb as the Heading Indicator is about as easy to read as the radar. Though, if you like the idea of a yellow fighter jet outline on your replica watch then this is the timepiece for you.
No doubt at Baselworld, Bell & Ross will once again have the actual instruments the designers used as inspiration for the replica watches. They make no secrets about the fact that they spend a lot of time looking at old and new instruments of many varieties as inspiration for new designs.
One interesting fact worth mentioning is that Bell & Ross will offer a boxed set that includes the 2012 and 2013 BR 01 Aviation Instrument replica watches together. Why no Compass or Radar? I don’t know – but as limited editions, they may have all been sold out a while ago.
Each of the replica watches will come in Bell & Ross’ 46mm wide BR 01 case in steel with a black PVD coating. The BR 01-92 Heading Indicator uses discs rather than hands to indicate the time. The concept is identical to that of the Compass or Radar replica watches. The only difference is the graphical design. Inside the replica watch is a base Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement.
The BR 01-92 Airspeed replica watch also uses an ETA 2892 automatic movement but retains the hands as they are normally. This is once again going to be a polarizing design, this is interesting because you get a very traditional aviation style dial that is colorful. This is extremely rare. As a traditional aviator’s replica watch you get an inner ring for the hours and an outer ring for the minutes – which is more logical as the hands touch the rings that they actually refer to.
The humbly, yet implicatively titled Aviation collection possibly is the most widely recognized range of watches from Bell & Ross Mens Replica Watches. With its debut in 2005 it not only helped to bring the brand to a much wider audience, but also to ultimately make replica watches inspired by aviation and instruments a more important trend in the replica watch world. The BR03 line of replica watches are part of the Aviation collection and today we are looking at a new and very limited piece called the Bell & Ross BR03-51 GMT-TWG Replica, sold exclusively by The replica Watch Gallery UK.
The model in question is an alternative version of the also new BR03-51 GMT Carbon Replica, which is not to be confused with the other model called “GMT Titanium” (the one that actually has a dial where there’s carbon fiber material visible). What the GMT Carbon offers instead is a carbon dial in solid black, a 42 millimeter stainless steel case with black PVD coating to increase the stealthy nature of the replica watch, and also the dial now proudly states GMT just below the Bell & Ross logo at the 3 o’clock position. What makes this particular piece a limited edition is the fact that only 50 numbered pieces will be made and that the three colored parts are painted to the “The replica Watch Gallery blue” instead of orange.
With its big date and a GMT function, this model is a more down-to-earth version than several of its counterparts from the collection. While, the three splashes of blue add some vibrance to the otherwise rather formal black and white looks. Despite the added features, legibility should remain splendid even in low-light conditions, thanks to the large luminescent hands and block indexes. The replica watch is powered by the automatic Soprod TT651, it is water resistant to 100 meters and will come with both a rubber and a black heavy-duty canvas strap.
And while this time the differences between the original and the LE version are not structural but merely aesthetic, I feel that this model is a great opportunity for those who are interested in the base model of this replica watch to add some more exclusivity through a distinguished look and limited availability.
Bell & Ross‘ latest replica watch for ladies, the BR S Diamond Eagle, is a cosmic timepiece, its midnight blue dial is set with seven diamonds that together depict the Aquila constellation. The name of the galaxy is Latin for “eagle” and it represents the bird who carried Zeus’ thunderbolts in Greco-Roman mythology. The diamonds represent the eagle’s strength and its majestic association with God of the Sky.
An exquisite midnight blue dial of the BR S Diamond Eagle with its stunning metal appliqués highlighted by seven scintillating is further accentuated by a lavish bezel set with 66 white diamonds. The dial features a sunray pattern, testament to the brand’s in-house expertise, characterised by tiny lines radiating outwards like sunbeams. The dial is coated in a blue-tinted varnish, which gives it an exceptional depth. The time display is easy to read indicated by two slim hands with a streamlined design.
The signature 39 mm Bell & Ross Swiss Replica case, water-resistant to 100 meters, is crafted from from steel and later satin polished to create a visual contrast between the bezel and the case. It houses a reliable and accuratein-house Swiss quartz Bell & Ross replica caliber BR102 movement. The midnight blue alligator strap with pearlescent finish and a steel buckle are coordinated with the ambiance of the dial.
Not super heavy or dense like some sport watch bracelets. A folding doubling locking deployment clasp with a Bell & Ross signature on it. The one here on the BR03 has sort of the same feel to it, light and airy, but well made. It all works pretty well. Bell & Ross Mens Replica proved to me that they could do a great bracelet with the one they have on the Geneva series of watch.
The inner side of the bracelet has a middle link that holds the larger links together. The design is a bit retro, and the bracelet is done with a brushed finish on the top side, with polishing on the sides I believe. You get that nice clean vertical link look on the outside of the bracelet. The bracelet moves nicely and is flexible enough for what you’ll need to do with it.
Like the straps, the bracelet tapers from the case down to the clasp a bit so that it does not feel unwieldy on your arm.
This replica Bell & Ross BR03-92 watch with the new style metal bracelet seems to make sense and feels like a visually comfortable fit.
The Bell & Ross WW2 Regulateur Officer is a large replica watch, but still sophisticated in more ways than one. 47mm wide excluding the crown is large.
Despite its size, the swiss replica Bell & Ross WW2 Regulateur Officer watch still sits snug on the wrist, due to the design of the flexible lugs. Match this with the panda-like dial (bright subdials on a black dial) and you get something quite attractive and wearable.
A black lacquered dial, with white and silver markings and silver subdials provides more than enough contrast on the Officer replica watch. The long, silver minute hand fully extends to the inside edge of the minute track, and can be clearly seen against the black background. Only in circumstances with very little light makes it a bit tricky to distinguish. The minute track is divided into 5 minute segments indicated with a large marker and a digit totaling to 60 on a full rotation.
The 47mm wide steel case is well proportioned, polished to a nice mirror like finish and feels very sturdy. Despite the large diameter of the replica watch, the relative slim height makes it very wearable, even with a business suit. Where the WW2 Heritage Regulateur replica watch is too rugged in looks to be matched with a suit, the Officer manages to just pull it off.
However, the water resistance is only 50 meters.