Last month at an event in London, Renault announced the R.S. 17, a beast of a Formula 1 machine set to make its debut at the 2017 Australian Grand Prix later this month. Bell & Ross shortly after announced the new Bell & Ross BR RS17 watches, incorporating several design and material elements found in the recently announced Renault Formula 1 racer. It would be easy for a lot of brands to try and take an aviation watch and totally screw everything up by deciding they want an F1 racing-inspired line (of an iconic design, nonetheless). However, Bell & Ross decided to basically go all out with the design and material choices, and the result actually works and won me over.
Bell & Ross introduced three new watches to the line: the Bell & Ross BR 03-94 RS17 is based on the BR-03 and the simplest of the watches; the Bell & Ross BR-X1 RS17 is based off the BR-X1 done in “Carbon Forgé”; and then, there’s the BR-X1 RS17 tourbillon. Let’s take a look at the first two, non-tourbillon watches today – and get ready for a strong hit of yellow, green, and red.
At 42mm wide, the Bell & Ross BR 03-94 RS17 waterproof fake watches are done in a ceramic case that appears stealthy and should prove to be quite wearable for most in comparison to some of the larger BR 01 models. Like the Renault R.S. 17 with its molded carbon fiber honeycomb composite chassis, it features a dial made entirely out of carbon fiber – a material choice Bell & Ross claims was also inspired by the racer’s steering wheel.
The chronograph layout is colorful but standard and highly legible with a small seconds sub-dial placed at 3 o’clock and a 30-minute counter 9 o’clock. Both sub-dials, along with the date window highlight subtle touches of color against the carbon fiber dial that also carry into the central chronograph seconds hand. The hour and minute hands are faceted and are filled with Super-LumiNova, as are the large Arabic numerals on the dial.
The movement in the Bell & Ross BR 03-94 RS17 fake watches UK the calibre BR-CAL.301. It’s a reliable, ETA-based automatic chronograph movement that Bell & Ross has utilized in previous releases like the BR-03 Desert Type chronograph announced last year. Like the dial, the pushers for the chronograph operation and the crown have also been finished in a similar color scheme that references more of the visual elements you’d find on the F1 racer. There’s no exhibition caseback, but the ceramic gives it a sleek look. You’ll see a photo of the rubber strap above but this watch is also going to come with a black synthetic fabric strap.
This Bell & Ross BR 03-94 RS17 watch is pretty demure compared to the larger and even more colorful BR-X1. Bell & Ross decided to throw subtlety to the wind – because if you’re buying an F1-inspired 45mm Bell & Ross watch, then you’re probably not trying to have your wrist candy blend into the crowd…