Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bell & Ross Vintage BR Aéronavale: The Naval Air Force Officer's Watch

Featuring the colour codes and rich detail of the naval officer's uniform, the VINTAGE BR AÉRONAVALE collection from Swiss watch brand Bell & Ross symbolises military excellence and tradition.

In the cockpit of a Rafale, a naval air force pilot wears a flight suit covered in pockets, for practicality and comfort. During official ceremonies, his attire changes to display military prestige. The blue of the uniform evokes the sea. The gold of the wings, trim and buttons conveys poise, nobility and victory.
The blue/gold combination is also found on VINTAGE BR AÉRONAVALE models, which feature all the symbols and motifs that appear on naval uniforms.

Reflecting the prestige of the ceremonial uniform worn by naval officers, the VINTAGE BR AÉRONAVALE models will seduce fans of timepieces rich in both colour and values. Two new models have been added to the VINTAGE BR AÉRONAVALE collection: a chronograph and three-hand small seconds.  The 43 mm diameter polished steel case exudes retro chic. On both versions, the gilt skeletonised hour and minute hands stand out starkly against the navy blue sunray dial. The contrast between the two colours offers a refined air and excellent legibility.
Designed for pilots, the VINTAGE BR AÉRONAVALE Chronograph is a time measuring instrument that marries functionality and elegance. It has two additional counters with snailed guilloché decoration and a 60-minute graduated bezel in blue anodised aluminium.
The ultra-curved sapphire crystal underlines both the classic style of the watch and its strength. Made in Switzerland and renowned for their reliability and accuracy, the mechanical movements with automatic winding that drive these two versions are visible through a transparent case-back. The watch comes with either a distressed blue calfskin strap with cinnamon stitching, or a midnight blue alligator strap with a pin buckle clasp. The shiny alligator strap of the

VINTAGE BR AERONAVALE exudes classic sophistication, while the satin-like texture of the calfskin, with distressed effect and overstitching in contrasting colours, makes for a very sharp, on-trend look.

VINTAGE BR 123 AERONAVALE
Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.305 Mechanical automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Date

Case
43 mm diameter
Polished steel
Fixed steel bezel with anodised blue aluminium ring
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Sapphire case-back
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial
Blue sunray
Gilt appliqué numerals and index
Gilt skeleton Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands

Straps
Blue calfskin with ecru stitching or blue alligator
Buckle: folding. Polished steel

VINTAGE BR 126 AÉRONAVALE
Movement
Calibre BR-CAL.301 Mechanical automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Date
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds.

Case
43 mm diameter
Polished steel
Fixed steel bezel with anodised blue aluminium ring
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire.
Sapphire case-back
Water-resistance:100 metres

Dial
Blue sunray
Gilt appliqué numerals and index
Gilt skeleton Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands

Straps
Blue calfskin with ecru stitching or blue alligator
Buckle: folding. Polished steel.

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