To celebrate the continued partnership with Formula 1, the Franco-Swiss watchmaker has rolled out a new Alpine F1 Team watch collection.
Back in 2016, Bell & Ross took it a step further and extended beyond their scope in aviation to the Formula 1 racing industry when they released a watch collection inspired by the Renault F1 team. To celebrate the arrival of the Alpine team in Grand Prix 2021, the watchmaker continues the timekeeping partnership and has unveiled a series of brand new models under the Alpine F1 Team watch collection.
Comprising of three new sporty and sophisticated watch models, the A521 collection’s title is a nod to the current Alpine A521 single-seater. Relatively similar, the dials of these sporty timepieces reflect the visual identity of the Alpine, in particular to the constructor’s prominent colourway of blue, black and white. The cutting-edge materials tested on the F1 cars, are also incorporated into the timepieces.
Bell & Ross BR V3-94 A521
A simple and effective tool watch, the BR V3-94 breaks the norm of the usual signature squared case and adopts a steel round case instead. With a diameter size of 43mm, the white numbers contrasting against a sleek black dial is a clear-cut design for ultimate legibility. Down to the very detail of the stopwatch counters, they are configured in the shape of stars and white circles which are open-worked in the center to reveal parts of the movement that are intentionally designed to be reminiscent of wheel rims.
In terms of technicality and functions, it is equipped with a duotone speedometer function that allows the owner to calculate the speed of the racing car, while the bidirectional rotating bezel marks the time in greater detail.
Driving this timepiece is a modular chronograph movement with up to 42 hours of power reserve and water resistance up to 100 meters. The limited-edition BR V3-94 is also offered in either a conventional steel bracelet or perforated leather straps.
Bell & Ross BR 03-94 A521
Bringing back the iconic “circle in a square” case that many fans are familiar with, the BR 03-94 is fitted in a 42mm steel case and its dial is almost identical to that of the V3-04, only with the date moved to 6 o’clock.
With accents of Alpine blue dappled across the dial, it is also topped off with the bidirectional rotating bezel that allows the wearer to start a countdown from 60 to 0 minutes – which would come in handy at the start of a race indeed.
Bell & Ross BR-XI A521
Last but not least, this watch is the bigger, bolder, and more technical brother of all the other watches in the collection as its multi-material case combines grade-5 titanium, ceramic and rubber in a 45mm large case. Once again, the ergonomic design reminds one of the paddles on the steering wheel, while the toggle push-buttons are made from titanium covered in rubber for better grip.
With a rubber shell housing the case to protect it from any potential impact, the most captivating element of this timepiece is its intricate skeleton dial. Revealing a spectacular view of the inner works of the dial, one could admire all the little details in every nook and cranny of the special mechanical movement.
Suave and sporty, the BR-XI A521 timepiece is a limited-edition offering in 50 pieces only.
The new Bell & Ross Alpine F1 Team BR 03-94 A521 is available at the Raffles City boutique.