Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Racing Bird Automatic Chronograph: Malaysia Price and Review

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Bell & Ross revisits its aviation roots with style.

Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Racing Bird Automatic Chronograph

Bell & Ross has certainly come a long way since establishing itself as a go-to brand for creative types. A large part of its appeal boils down to the brand’s aesthetically appealing, design-driven timepieces - most notably the square-cased BR-01 collection, sporting a distinctive look inspired by aircraft instrument panels.

This year, Bell & Ross offers an aviation-inspired winner but of a different tack. The BR V2-94 Racing Bird Automatic Chronograph was created as a companion timepiece to a concept plane (below) imagined by brand co-founder Bruno Belamich. The watch is the latest in a series of out-of-the-box creations modelled after souped-up vehicles, such as the BR 03 AeroGT, a range inspired by the AeroGT, a Bell & Ross designed concept car from 2016, and last year’s Vintage Bellytanker watches, a pair of old-school looking timepieces inspired by Bellytanker racers.

Sporting a decidedly retro look – a blueprint from the brand’s vintage collection, which this watch hails from – the BR-V2 94 expresses the spirit of the concept plane brilliantly. While colourful and casual, the watch also exudes a sense of tool-watch functionality, housed in a stainless steel case with anodized aluminium blue tachymetre scale bezel. We love how the dial catches the eye with hits of blue and orange on an otherwise pristine white dial.

Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Racing Bird Automatic Chronograph

Inside the watch is an automatic chronograph movement, the calibre BR-Cal.301 based on an ETA 2894-2, a tried and tested industrial workhorse with 42 hours of power reserve. If you are looking for a chronograph that stands out without the ostentation commonly associated with modern sports watches, this 999-piece limited edition is worth a peep.

Case

41mm stainless steel

Dial

White with blue transferred numerals and sub-dials

Movement

Automatic Chronograph Calibre BR-CAL.301

Strap/ bracelet

Blue calfskin or steel bracelet

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph

Power Reserve

42 hours

Price

RM19,200 (Calfskin), RM20,000 (Bracelet)

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