In 2016, Bell & Ross entered the field of Formula One for the first time and achieved a ‘marriage’ with Renault Formula One. The spark from the collision between the watch and the car burned the passion of the game . Since cooperating with the racing field, Bell & Ross has used racing as a source of inspiration. Since 16 years, it has unswervingly launched relevant wristwatches. This year is no exception. At the Basel International Watch Fair in March this year, three new R.S.18 chronographs were unveiled, taking Renault’s new single-seater as a design inspiration, and demonstrating mechanical engineering, craftsmanship and innovative watchmaking technology in place.
Prior to this, Bell & Ross had taken inspiration from the car, such as the iconic black-yellow color scheme of the French Renault and the single-seater steering wheel. This year Bell & Ross draws on a key component of the Formula 1® car: the chassis. The chassis supports all the components from the engine to the body and forms the structure of the vehicle. Therefore, the requirements of the chassis are also very strict, and it must be very lightweight and very strong.
For a watch, the importance of the case to the watch is equivalent to the chassis of the car. The case of the new model is made of proven materials to ensure the high performance level of the watch.
The diameter of the case is 42mm. It adopts the brand’s classic “square in the circle” design and is made of porous micro-sprayed titanium, giving the watch a low-key and decisive modern matte appearance. Lightweight and sturdy, this material is designed to be as lightweight as possible for Formula1® racing chassis components to enhance performance.
The crown and chronograph buttons are located on one side of the watch. The crown is engraved with the brand’s ‘&’ LOGO pattern, and is surrounded by a non-slip texture design, which is easy to grasp and check the time. The timing function of this new model is activated by the joystick button and is made of red and red anodized aluminum. The joystick buttons are very similar to the paddle shifters on the Formula1® steering wheel, echoing the theme of this watch.
As the ‘body’ of the watch, the design of the dial fully applies the racing elements. The carbon fiber dial uses yellow and black colors as the main color, which echoes the spot colors of the Renault Formula One team and fully reflects the racing spirit.
In addition to the dial with a speedometer scale on the flange, the two chronograph function positions at 3 and 9 o’clock are mainly red and yellow. These designs have borrowed from motorsports, the track and the circuit. Stylized aesthetic design. In addition, the two function disks use a hollow design, we can see the movement drive train, adding mechanical beauty. With a distinctive color design and a tough and clear style, this watch creates a world of time and passion.
To match the overall style of this new watch, Bell & Ross has developed a strap made of black perforated rubber, paired with a unique ergonomic design and high level of breathability for unparalleled wearing comfort. .
The movement adopts BR-CAL.301. Self-winding movement, waterproof to a depth of 100 meters.
For this watch, we also performed a six-direction accuracy test under full strings with professional instruments. The above is the data recorded by the test. From the data, it can be seen that as the new chronograph of Bell & Ross this year, the travel time of the BR03-94R.S.18 watch is still relatively accurate.
Summary: In the name of racing, showing speed and passion, Bellevue launched three new chronographs this year, which can be called the king of function tables in the racing industry. Racing is about racing against time, and watches are about accurate timing. There is a similar spirit between the two. Bell & Ross boldly crosses the borders and integrates the love of racing into watches, attracting with its distinctive personality and visual impact. Holding us. This new chronograph is limited to 999 pieces and sells for 47,900 yuan. (Picture / text watch home Wu Fengqi)