Bell & Ross CEO Carlos Rosillo speaks to aBlogtoWatch at Baselworld presenting the brand’s new watches for 2013. We look at new BR01, BR03, and BR 123 and BR 126 models. Clearly more emphasis of aviation and aviation history. Later we looked at the watches and will continue to follow up with Bell & Ross’s new timepieces for this year.
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Bell & Ross had a strong collection of new watches for 2013 at Baselworld this year. My personal favorite model is the BR 126 Blackbird, a limited edition model with a personality that is meant to honor the original of Bell & Ross as a brand.
When the original Bell & Ross BR01 watch collection debuted about a decade ago it was a sort of manly dress watch and there was nothing like this BR01-93 GMT model. There were a few versions, but many of them focused on the piece’s inherent luxury status and ability to not look like “just” a 46mm wide wrist instrument.
For 2013 Bell & Ross will once again offer up a few new “Aviation Instrument” themed collection of watches based on the BR 01 (BR01) case. I believe this is the third or fourth year of doing so that began with pieces like the BR 01 Compass and then BR 01 Radar watch.
The last major Bell & Ross watch that we haven’t covered yet for 2012 is the WW1 and PW1 Argentium collection. I believe Bell & Ross CEO Mr. Carlos Rosillo himself was wearing a WW1 Argentium watch when I checked out this collection among other Bell & Ross piece.
This is the Bell & Ross WW1-90-S, a recent model inspired by WW1-era pocketwatch conversions, where the lugs were loops of wire soldered onto the case.
This is the Bell & Ross 126 Sport and it is one of the most important watches currently sold by the sometimes polarizing Swiss brand. Bell & Ross is a recognizable luxury brand thanks to their line of instrument-style watches like the BR 01 and its many iterations.
This one’s for you Matt… aBlogtoRead.com readers know that I don’t spend a lot of blog space explaining which watch actors and athletes are currently paid to endorse. I will however discuss watches on the wrists of people I respect and that have good enough taste to choose something nice. WordPress and Automattic founder Matt [...]
I am not a gambler but gaming can be fun. So fun that a lot of high-end watch brands have devised casino-themed timepieces that either suggest or directly emulate gaming. A popular example was the Girard-Perregaux Jackpot Tourbillon of several years ago. It had a tourbillon, actual slot machine, and cost over $600,000. More recently, [...]
These two jumping hour watches from Bell & Ross represent their most high-end timepieces for 2012. In the past, Bell & Ross has offered a few other jumping hour pieces – a style and complication that the brand executes very well. Called the WW1 Heure Sautante (Jumping Hour), Bell & Ross didn’t want to just [...]
When I wrote my Baselworld 2012 recap, I pointed to this watch as being one of my top picks from the show. There is nothing inherently novel or innovative about it. Nor does it represent a new design direction for Bell & Ross. Still, the piece is extremely appealing and well-done from a design perspective. [...]
The original Bell & Ross BR 01 watch often had the term “Instrument” associated with it. Bell & Ross wanted to make it clear that the timepiece was based on aircraft cockpit instruments – especially the clock. Fair enough. Then a couple of years ago, Bell & Ross started taking the concept even further – [...]
It was late at night on the day before the Baselworld 2012 press day. I had just arrived in town and was on foot looking for someplace that was open so I could get some food. I was pretty sure that wasn’t going to happen because looking for stores open at night in Switzerland is like trying to find a [...]
While it is true that before Bell & Ross became famous for being the “square watch brand” they were making really nice round watches, it still feels novel for them to be making nice round watches…
Bell & Ross is not what I would call an underdog brand, but their BR02 dive watch certainly has been an underdog…
You know what Bell & Ross needed? A good pilot watch. Boy, I’ll say their collection was missing one of those. THANKFULLY the brass over there figured it out and came up with these nice timepieces for flying. Our hearts can rest easily now… phew! In all seriousness, these are additional pilot watches for the [...]
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