Bell & Ross R.S 20 Collection
Official partner of the Formula 1®, Renault F1® Team, Bell & Ross presents its new R.S. family of watches inspired by yellow and black single-seaters.
Used to the tarmac, Bell & Ross has been providing drivers with the time since 1994. The watches created by the watch brand are inspired by instrument panels found on aircraft. To ensure the brand renews itself, Bruno Belamich, Bell & Ross’s co-founder and creative director, is keen to explore different worlds. The watch brand has partnered with the Renault F1® Team since 2016 and has been studying the world of Formula 1® ever since. This partnership solidifies the coming together of two French brands, united by their shared values of high performance and high tech. This union led to the yearly creation of a watch collection, with the search for the extreme serving as the driving force. Since 2016, four R.S. series inspired by this world have been created.
These families are characterised by their integrity and synergy. Bell & Ross is not satisfied by simply putting their partner’s logo on their dial. These watches adopt the latest technological advances and state-of-the-art materials used in the world of racing. At the heart of these collections, it is the chronograph that prevails. This complication measures short times and therefore the performance of racing cars. This sports feature is taken directly from the world of Formula 1®. It completes a driver’s kit and responds to their needs.
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The fifth collection of R.S. watches has just been released and has the “Formula 1®of the future” theme. It is composed of four sports chronographs including an exceptional Haute Horlogerie tourbillon.
4 high-tech chronographs
This year, the collection drew its inspiration from different sources. These included the F1® car for the Renault 2020 team and the R.S.2027 concept car. The result is an outstandingly futuristic collection anchored in the present. Classic avant-garde watches.
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The spirit of these watches is much more focussed on design and graphics than before. They maintain the brand’s main themes: Style, legibility, functionality. All are given a futuristic feel. They are thrust into an innovative, efficient and stripped-down world. Whilst the lines of these timepieces are purer, their mechanical elements connect them to watchmaking tradition.
BR V3-94 R.S.20
BR V3-94 R.S.20 © Bell & Ross
This is B&R’s round “tool watch”. This chronograph is designed in a limited edition of 999 pieces. Its 43 mm case is made from steel. It is equipped with a bidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale which can be used to measure short periods of time.
The dial houses the 12 numerals present on the dials of sports watches. The typography is the same as the one used by the Renault F1® Team. The minute track is split into small black and white chequered squares which symbolise the finish line flag used in motor racing. The yellow hands display the different functions of the chronograph. The back of this model is engraved with “Formula 1® Renault R.S.20”.
The automatic Calibre BR-CAL.301 powers the timepiece.
BR 03-94 R.S.20
BR 03-94 R.S.20 © Bell & Ross
This is the brand’s most iconic square watch. This chronograph, produced in a limited edition of 999 pieces, features a matt black ceramic scratchproof case. All information provided by the chronograph function is shown in yellow. The flange houses the tachymeter, divided into two zones, each with its own colour. The chronograph minute track sits on a rhodium-plated brass ring, for optimal legibility.
The watch uses the same automatic Calibre BR-CAL.301.
BR-x1 R.S.20 © Bell & Ross
This model features the brand’s iconic “circle within a square” case. This highly worked skeletonised chronograph is available as a limited edition of 250 pieces. It is an extremely sophisticated experimental version of the BR 03-94. Its case is made from a multi-material structure: PVD-coated titanium, ceramic and rubber. These materials are used in sports watchmaking, as well as in aeronautics and Formula 1®.
The two-material rocker pushers are reminiscent of the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. A PVD-coated steel ring turns around the bezel. The open-worked dial reveals a highly sophisticated skeletonised mechanism and its gears, Calibre BR-CAL.313.
BR-x1 tourbillon R.S.20
BR-x1 tourbillon R.S.20 © Bell & Ross
Produced in a limited edition of just 20 pieces, it is the Haute Horlogerie offering within the range. Its case is cut from titanium, a lightweight and resistant material used in Formula 1®. Protected by ceramic elements, a high-density rubber insert improves handling. The fixed bezel houses the minute track, and the rotating ring features a “stop-start” indication.
Its large Calibre BR-CAL.283 is regulated by a flying tourbillon with a variable inertia balance. The barrel spring, with manual winding, provides it with a power reserve of 100 hours (hand indicator). The chronograph function, clearly visible on the dial side, is driven by a mono-pusher that activates a column wheel and the watch also features a 30-minute instantaneous counter.
For Bell & Ross, each detail has a specific meaning and function: functionality is key, and minimalism – dispensing with superfluous ornamental details in favour of essential aspects – is vital.Find out more >
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