Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Bell & Ross has taken a major retrospective step by releasing not just a WWI wristwatch but also the BR PW1 pocket watch from 1910. Both have the signature Bell & Ross design ethos of pure military inspired instrument watches. PW1 stands for Pocket Watch 1, and WW1 for Wrist Watch 1.
Bell & Ross designer Bruno Belamich said “We are delving into the past even more in order to round out our collection. The military watch has been our passion since our early days and we are looking to reinvent the first models of these wristwatches which appeared on pilots’ wrists in the 1920s.”
This measures 49mm, and the case is polished steel. The dial is domed, in galvanic black, with a sunburst finish. The index, figures and hands are luminous. Under the cover is the manual winding ETA 6497 movement. The crystal is anti-reflective domed sapphire. The list price is US$4,500.
At 45mm the identical WW1 is not much smaller. The lugs are welded to the case, however the centre section where the strap attaches is a spring bar, enabling an easy strap change.
The movement is an ETA 2897 with power reserve display. Like the PW1, the WW1 case is polished steel, the dial is galvanic black with luminescent hands, index and numbers, and the crystal is anti-reflective domed sapphire. The strap is black alligator. The WW1 has the same price at US$4,500. Both pieces will be available in September and neither piece is a limited edition.