Instead of common square watch case, the 2014 BR watch I am introducing is the round one.
The classic Bell & Ross Vintage models are beautiful and well-designed, about 36-37mm in width. The new replica BR watches are 41mm wide,quite bigger than previous ones.
So we will have at least 2 new replcia ‘Vintage’ watch lines to choose from if they want a round Bell & Ross watch. A slightly more delicate, tasteful version of our replica BR01 case and dial, but of course not square. The amazing thing about the dials is just how legible they are – and attractive. In fact, according to the co-founder and President Carlos Rosillo, the reason for Bell & Ross why Bell & Ross designs are so successful is painfully simple, but an important lesson to any watch maker. “People look at Bell & Ross watches and immediately know why they like them.” The point here is important. No education or explanation is required to appreciate these designs. Unlike many other watches they perhaps require years of horological interest or a presentation to understand what you are seeing – a Bell & Ross watch is going to be enjoyed by those who know nothing about watches. This I believe is the key to success behind all mainstream Bell & Ross timepieces.
Except Bell & Ross Vintage Original models, there is the classier Officer model with different numerals (applied metal numerals), dial, and hands. According to Carlos, this is the classier version of the Vintage Original – which historically was the Geneva model. The differences are slight, but important. For example the case is polished versus satin finished. In fact, all of the steel is polished, including the hands and hour markers. Gone are the dauphine style hands of the original Geneva watch, but these new ones aren’t bad. I like the retention of the subsidiary seconds and date indicator that is beautifully symmetrical.
All the replica watches all have AR coated domed sapphire crystals (vintage style to look like old acrylics), and are water resistant to 100 meters. Straps are black (or brown – depending on the dial color) calf leather straps steel folding deployment clasps. While we are not able to get one Vintage Officer watch, I presume one replica is coming.