Bell & Ross are expanding their Aviation line with three new models: BR01 Heading Indicator, BR01 Airspeed and BR01 Climb. Each of the watches are inspired by plane cockpits and each model will be limited to 999 pieces, with the first 99 pieces sold in a control panel-inspired collector’s box containing the six timepieces from the Aviation collection. The BR01 Heading Indicator is inspired by he tool of the same name that is used to indicate what course a plane is on, with the dial made up of three independent concentric discs, graduated for the hours and minutes while the seconds are displayed in the centre on a disc that is not graduated but features a yellow marker.
The BR01 Airspeed model looks like the cockpit control that measures an aircraft’s speed in relation to the air it is moving through and allows the plane to be flown in a controlled way without visibility. And for better legibility, the hour, minute and second graduations have been separated to promote the minutes on the main dial, while the hours are displayed in the center. Finally, the BR01 Climb watch is inspired by the vertical speed indicator, an instrument that indicates to the pilot whether the plane is ascending, descending or level by reading atmospheric pressure. This watch has a traditional time display and has a power reserve where the reading for the vertical speed indicator would be on a real aviation instrument. All three models are designed with quality and would make great additions to any watch enthusiast’s collection.