Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph Hands-On
After planning both a race vehicle and a cruiser in idea, Bell & Ross architects have gone to the skies for the most recent test – however this time, to plan an airplane prepared to do really competing in the Reno Air Races in record-breaking style. Why? To fill in as motivation for a watch assortment, obviously – since, in such a case that encompassing legacy or motivation isn’t sufficient, one should turn to conjuring it out of nowhere. Presently, with regards to advertising spending uses, The Racing Bird plane is presumably as a very remarkable contrivance as there’ll ever be. In any case, I’ll be straightforward, it’s as yet an incredibly cool one, and one that (fortunately) has likewise yielded a similarly cool watch, the Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph (along with its kin three-hand BR V1-92 Racing Bird ).
That’s the one thing I’ve generally loved about Bell & Ross: the brand appears to put forth no attempt to take cover behind the way that its architects – not its legacy (or scarcity in that department – the brand was established in 1992 all things considered), or its relationship with some well known represetative or military gathering is its most grounded resource. Also, when the creators plan, and the watchmakers make watches (for example the two players essentially do what they are best at), watch fans win. The Racing Bird is a brilliant illustration of this. Without a doubt, in mechanical plan it’s not unlike the V2-94 Bellytanker or the V2-94 Garde-Côtes models from earlier years, however that is fine. What we’re basically taking a gander at here, is a range trade, though an amazingly successful one enlivened by a genuine working propeller-controlled airplane that Bell & Ross designed.
As proposed, the V2-94 Racing Bird draws from Bell & Ross’ fruitful ‘vintage’ line. In any case, recall that there’s little about Bell & Ross that could even be considered ‘vintage’ as the brand is as yet an offspring of the nineties. In any case, that hasn’t prevented its fashioners from following exemplary games looks for this assortment, with trademarks like traditionalist 41mm case measurements, domed sapphire glass focal points, screw-down crown & pushers, and 100m of water opposition. Notwithstanding (or maybe, disregarding) sharing every one of those attributes, just as a similar case and development with both the Bellytanker and Garde Côtes, the Racing Bird is the first in the arrangement that feels like a genuinely new watch – and that is an awesome thing.
I very much want the Racing Bird chronograph over its three-gave partner, whose dial feels in excess of somewhat vacant and ailing in the character discovered everywhere on the chronograph variation. Here, the V2-94 feels lively and new, with its smooth white dial intended to bring out the fiberglass shell of the plane, differentiated by brisk strokes of orange, and a dark blue anodized tachymeter scale and blue dial complements – much the same as on the Racing Bird’s frame and tail. It’s seemingly what the Tudor Heritage Chronograph ought to have been, had the last not been sentenced to rehash the more moderate attire from its source material line for line.
Unlike the single-seat Racing Bird airplane, which is fueled by a V12 Rolls Royce Falcon motor, the V2-94 utilizations the unassuming BR-Cal. 301, which is basically a changed Sellita SW300-1 – a programmed chronograph development with a 30-minute counter at 9:00, a middle mounted chronograph seconds hand (pleasantly highlighted by an orange Racing Bird outline stabilizer), and a running seconds counter at 3:00. Goodness, and maybe the watch’s most troublesome component, an altimeter-propelled date gap disguised right inside the 3:00 register. It’s really a beautiful smart combination, and one that is adept to get missed from the start as the numbers seem like they could be essential for the actual counter. Be that as it may, at that point you may see they’re not concentric with the remainder of the register’s roundabout shape, so, all in all, if this pesters you, you’re probably going to un-see it however long the Racing Bird is on your wrist.
When it comes to present day chronographs, comfort is once in a while the situation, yet Bell & Ross has worked effectively keeping the extents of the V2-94 famously wearable in both stature and generally speaking length. Truth be told, it doesn’t feel excessively far off in size and wrist presence from quite possibly the most especially wearable and famous chronographs within recent memory – the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch.
Whether or not the shade of the Racing Bird is as you would prefer is another inquiry – while it does for sure feel quick and new like summer, those searching for something somewhat more old style (since summer unfortunately has a lapse date each year) may search out the standard V2-94 models – fortunately, there are a couple of others to browse. For most of us, the Bell & Ross V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph has a beginning cost of $4,400 on a lash, and $4,700 on a bracelet, and is restricted to 999 pieces. bellross.com