Just like the hallmark circle-within-a-square BR01 or BR03 models, the recently updated Vintage collection by Bell & Ross remains first and foremost a pilot’s watch. Apart from the chronograph, what could be the next most relevant complication to have on such a watch? Well, the answer is a GMT function, of course. Aware of that, Bell & Ross presents the Vintage BRV2-93 GMT with a 24-hour central hand and a rotating bezel – the perfect watch for travellers and pilots crossing time zones.
After the successful launch of the three inaugural models – time-only, time-only with rotatable bezel, and chronograph – followed by several limited editions and variations around the model – Steel Heritage, Military, BellyTanker or Garde-Cotes – it’s time for Bell & Ross to add new functionalities to the Vintage collection. Being a pilot’s watch, the natural evolution was to add a GMT function to this watch, creating a functional traveller’s timepiece.
The recipe used by Bell & Ross on this Vintage BRV2-93 GMT is simple but efficient. Take an existing model, add a central 24-hour hand for the GMT function, a splash of colour for legibility and replace the 60-minute scale on the bezel with a two-tone 24-hour scale to create another adjustable time zone indicator. Simple really, but what else do you need on a GMT watch? Nothing and that’s why this new Bell & Ross Vintage BRV2-93 GMT is just spot on. Essential, functional, utilitarian and sporty.
The base is the same as all the existing models in the recently redesigned vintage collection. This new GMT version is based on the 41mm 3-hand Vintage BR V2-92 and shares the same case, bracelet or strap, and overall design for the dial. Once again we come across a well-proportioned, well-designed and well-built watch. The black dial with large military-inspired numerals and indices and the pilot-style hands are legible and functional. The case, satin-finished and polished, is well-protected and offers 100m water-resistance.
What changes then on this new Bell & Ross Vintage BRV2-93 GMT? First of all, the movement is slightly different and now features an additional time zone display – the movement is based on the well-known and reliable ETA 2893-2. The large orange arrow hand indicates the second time zone and features a quick correction with one-hour increments and is independent of the rest of the display. This watch actually features 3 different time zones:
- white central hands: local time on a standard 12h display with date linked to this time zone
- orange arrow hand: second time zone to indicate home time when travelling or a 24h indication when using it as a day/night indication
- bezel: bi-directional bezel with a 24-hour scale which enables reading of the second time zone but also displaying a third time zone. Rotating it clockwise subtracts hours and anti-clockwise adds hours. Grey section indicates daytime and black background night-time.
The Bell & Ross Vintage BRV2-93 GMT, as most models in the Vintage collection, can be worn on a black rubber strap with a steel pin buckle or on a stainless steel bracelet with polished and satin-finished surfaces. It is now available from official retailers as well as on the brand’s web-shop. Prices: EUR 2,900 on a rubber strap and EUR 3,200 on a steel bracelet. More details on bellross.com.