French luxury watchmaker Bell & Ross showcased its Baselworld 2018 collection in Sydney this week to a gathering of smartly-dressed enthusiasts. The exclusive event was held at the Regatta Restaurant in Rose Bay and hosted by Jean Christophe Chevrier who flew in from the Paris HQ.
On display was the RS 18 Collection which continues a partnership with the Renault Sport F1 Team. The much-hyped BR Diver range also made an appearance. The Diver range reaffirms Bell & Ross’ presence in the professional dive watch segment thanks to the luminescent markers, anti-shock and anti-magnetic protection and incredible 300 metre water resistance.
Our personal favourites were, of course, the stunning BR Racing Bird watches inspired by Bell & Ross’ own racing plane and the unique Laughing Skull chronograph that’s more pirate bling than a traditional wristwatch.
Bell & Ross built a high-speed plane to compete in the Reno Air Races. It’s an ultramodern single-seat, propeller-engine aircraft, constructed entirely of graphite, fibreglass, titanium and aluminium. It’s called the BR-Bird and is powered by a V12 Rolls Royce Falcon.
The BR Racing Bird watches borrow design cues from the plane including the colour code, the typography of the onboard counters, and the date window is a direct reference to flight instruments.
Then there’s the BR01 Laughing Skull. It’s a timepiece that’s both mean and elegant, a contrast that’s bound to appeal to anyone looking to make a statement. This bold timepiece is made from micro-blasted steel. The 46mm case is decorated with a “Clous de Paris” finish that requires special machining. This watch is an absolute eye-opener.
It’s clear that Bell & Ross is pushing the boundaries of luxury timepieces and now we can’t wait to see what they bring to Baselworld and hopefully Sydney in 2019.