Introducing the Bell & Ross Vintage BR Aeronavale – Dress Blues for the Wrist

Bell & Ross debuts a dressed up pilot's watch with the BR Aernonavale.

The black-and-white military pilot’s watch has been iterated almost to death by brands like IWC and Bell & Ross, so novelty is difficult. Bell & Ross managed to accomplish a degree of novelty with the Vintage BR Aeronavale with a colour scheme modelled on the blue and gold of military dress uniform.

Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Aeronavale 1

Though the look is loosely based on vintage French naval aviator’s chronographs – hence the Aéronavale moniker – it manages to distinguish itself from the rest. The dial is a bright metallic blue dial with a sunburst brushing, while the hands and hour markers are rose gold-plated.

Bell & Ross Vintage BR Aeronavale

Two versions are available, one being the BR 123 Aeronavale, a time-only automatic with a date window between four and five o’clock. And the other is the BR 126 Aeronavale chronograph with a bi-compax layout and date function. Both models have 43mm steel cases, domed sapphire crystals and display backs that reveal the ETA movements inside.

Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Aeronavale

Pricing and availability 

The BR 123 Aeronavale automatic is priced at SFr2800 or S$4500 on a calfskin strap, while the same on a crocodile strap costs SFr3000 or S$4800.

And the BR 126 Aeronavale chronograph carries a price tag of SFr4200 or S$6300 on a calfskin strap, and SFr4400 or S$6600 on crocodile.

Both will be available at Bell & Ross retailers from August 2016.

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