Monday, September 18, 2017

Bell & Ross – Vintage BELLYTANKER















Bell & RossVintage BELLYTANKER Automatic

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Vintage BELLYTANKER

Speed has always been a key source of inspiration for Bell & Ross. Since it was founded, the watch brand has also demonstrated a passion for the very latest technology.

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These factors constantly push the brand to excel, and to develop highly complex mechanisms for its watches. By extension, Bell & Ross is interested in all extreme machines.


B-ROCKET


In 2014, Bell & Ross developed the B-Rocket, a retro-futuristic concept motorcycle, streamlined like a jet plane.

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This two-wheeled wonder pays tribute to the very finest experimental aircrafts produced by the US aviation industry in the fifties and sixties.


AÉRO-GT

In 2016, the brand took the same approach with the Aero GT.

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The watchmaker created an avant-garde aircraft-inspired supercar, with astonishing performances.



BELLYTANKER


This year, Bell & Ross has returned to its passion for engineering, creating its retro-influenced Bellytanker racecar, with missile-like aerodynamics. It is built using a fuel tank from a fighter plane. Fitted with an engine and four wheels, this tank is transformed into a streamlined racer.
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The Bellytanker is best known for taking part in speed trials on the huge salt lake flats of the North American West.

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These gigantic open stretches of desert, where most of the water has evaporated, are particularly well suited to motor racing competitions. The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah are the most famous example.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Originating in the forties and fifties, the term «Bellytank» initially referred to the emergency drop tank fitted in the belly of fighter planes. «Bellytanker» is now mainly used for the high-speed race cars manufactured directly from these spare tanks.

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Their history dates back to the end of the war. Bill Burke, an American speed freak, wanted to build an ultra-fast car to take part in the races being held on the salt flats. He had fought in the South Pacific, and had grown to love the elegance of these fighter plane drop tanks, with their aerodynamic lines as if sculpted by the wind.

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To his eyes, they looked like the perfect foundations on which to build his speed machine. He was not wrong: their droplet shape ensured exceptional performance. At the end of the war many military components were sold off cheap. In 1946, he bought a drop tank from a North American P-51 Mustang for $35. He used it to build a bright yellow mini hot-rod. He fitted the tank that formed the bodywork, on a chassis, powering it with a powerful V8 engine. He took his prototype to the Bonneville salt lake races to test it.

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Without realizing it, he had created the world’s first Bellytanker. The shape and design of this aerodynamic vehicle have ensured its place in the great aeronautical history of North America in the forties and fifties. It is also enshrined in the annals of motor racing with the Hot Rod and the Streamliner. In the automotive world, it also rapidly acquired iconic status.


A NEW RACER AT BELL & ROSS

Bill Burke went on to develop vehicles based on tanks from a lighter plane, the Lockheed P-38 fighter. Bell & Ross has designed its own vehicle, taking these later versions of the Bellytanker as its inspiration.

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Being part of a plane on wheels, this new vehicle is perfectly aligned with the spirit of the watch brand, which has aviation and the military in its DNA. This retro-futuristic racer is the latest in a line of extreme machines developed by the firm. It combines both aeronautical influences and numerous nods to the watchmaking world.

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So, the metal of its bodywork is like the case of a watch. The glass covering its cockpit echoes an ultra-curved crystal. The copper-cultured trim evokes the dials of timepieces from this era.

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Its tail fin, designed to stabilize the vehicle, is a reference to the aviation codes, as is the matte black of its “nose”. This color is used on certain stealth fighters to avoid reflections.

BR V1-92

Movement
Self-winding with three hands; it displays the hours, minutes and seconds. The date is at 4.30. This classic version is designed for the purist.

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Case
The small 38.5 mm case in brushed steel harks back to the watches of the forties and fifties, with a nod to the cockpit of the P-51 Mustang. Flat and thin, it imbues the watch with elegance. The solid case back features an engraved profile of the Bellytanker. Lastly, the ultra-curved sapphire crystal, with its vintage overtones, recalls the round windows in classic plane cockpits.

Dial
The color scheme matches the Bell & Ross racer. The metallic copper of the dial echoes the color of its wheel rims. The black seen on the details of the minute track recalls the car’s nose. Finally, the steel used for the case, numerals, indices and hands pays tribute to its sculpted bodywork. The metal indices and numerals are appliques. The metal skeleton hands are filled with Superluminova, so that they remain visible at night. The aircraft-shaped counterweight on the seconds’ hand is one of the new Bell & Ross stylistic signatures.

Strap
Exceedingly soft and supple, this dark brown leather strap is aged for a vintage look.



BR V2-94

Movement
The chronograph, invented to measure short periods of time, is a key motor racing function. This variant houses a chronograph with two counters: a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock and a central 60-second counter. The date sits between 4 and 5 o’clock.

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Case
The satin-finished polished steel of this larger 41 mm case hints at the P-51 Mustang’s tanks. The sapphire case-back allows glimpses of the chronograph mechanism’s gear train. The version with a solid case back features an engraved profile of the B&R Bellytanker. The crown and push buttons are screw-down for improved water-resistance. The fixed bezel features a tachymeter scale, enabling the speed of a racecar to be calculated at any time.

Dial
This style is known as a «Panda» dial, so-called because of the contrast between the black counters and gold dial. The color scheme used matches that of the Bellytanker. The metallic copper of the dial echoes the color of the racer’s wheel rims. The black of the detailed line on the minute track is also found on the car’s nose. Finally, the steel used for the case, numerals, indices and hands is a nod to the vehicle’s sculpted bodywork. The metal indices and numerals are appliques. The metal skeleton hands are filled with Superluminova, so that they remain visible at night. The aircraft-shaped counterweight on the second’s hand is one of the new Bell & Ross stylistic signatures.

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Strap
There are two options:
  • Retro-inspired dark brown leather, which is exceedingly soft and supple.
  • A very sporty metal bracelet, ensuring this chronograph is a pleasure to wear.


Bell & Ross loves to take its passion for extreme machines to the limits. Its new Bellytanker car naturally continues the line of vehicles that precede it: the B-Rocket motorbike and the Aero GT supercar.

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Comprised of two timepieces, the new Bellytanker collection adopts the round case of the Vintage model, whilst remaining resolutely modern. It is designed to evoke the legendary era of record-breaking races in the North America of the fifties.

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Participants sped across the salt lakes, most notably at Bonneville, in their super-fast homemade hot rods. This collection is aimed at contemporary and enthusiastic drivers, with a love for vintage.

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Technical specifications


Model: BR V1-92 BELLYTANKER 38.5mm Edition

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Ref. BRV192-BT-ST/SCA

Movement:
Calibre BR-CAL.302.
Automatic mechanical.
Functions:
Hours, minutes and seconds. Date.
Case:
38.5 mm in diameter.
Satin-polished steel
Dial:
Gilt. Metal applique numerals and indices.
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.Crystal: Ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Straps:
Brown calfskin.
Buckle: Pin. Satin-polished steel.

Limited Edition to 500 watches

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Technical specifications


Model: BR V2-94 BELLYTANKER 41mm Edition
  • Ref. BRV294-BT-ST/SCA - strap
  • Ref. BRV294-BT-ST/SST - bracelet
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Movement:
Calibre BR-CAL.301.
Automatic mechanical.
Functions:
Hours, minutes and seconds. Date.
Two-counter chronograph (60-second and 30-minute).
Case:
41 mm in diameter.
Satin-polished steel.
Steel bezel with tachymeter scale.
Screw-down crown and push-buttons.
Sapphire case-back. 
Dial:
Gilt. Metal applique numerals and indices.
Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.Crystal: Ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Straps:
Satin-polished steel or brown calfskin.
Buckle: Folding. Satin-polished steel.
Sporty metal bracelet

Limited Edition to 500 watches


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

BREITLING for Bentley – Grand Touring “Dark Sapphire” Edition





















BREITLING for Bentley Bentley GT Dark SapphireCase 48 mm Breitlight® Chronograph Limited Edition

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The entire Grand Touring spirit

With its ultra-light chassis made of Breitlight® enhanced by bluish “Dark Sapphire” tints, and its exclusive engine equipped with a “30-second chronograph”, the Bentley GT watch pays a vibrant tribute to the all-new Bentley Continental GT unveiled by the British manufacturer. An exceptional instrument issued in a 500-piece limited edition.

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A dramatic new interpretation of the classic Bentley design that is long and sharp-edged, with a new optimised 6-litre W12 TSI engine, state-of-the-art onboard equipment, a refined and beautifully hand-crafted interior:

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with the third generation of the Continental GT, presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017, Bentley is redefining the quintessence of Grand Touring by providing a blend of luxury and performance that is more potent than ever.

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Breitling for Bentley marks the occasion by launching a limited edition reflecting the entire spirit of this new roadgoing champion.

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The ultra-light, ultra-sturdy case is made in Breitlight®, a Breitling-exclusive high-tech material distinguished by its peerless qualities (resistance to scratching, traction and corrosion, along with non-magnetic, thermal stability and non-allergenic properties).

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Its subtly black streaked effect takes on a bluish shimmer echoing the colour of the Bentley “Dark Sapphire” livery. The dial features a diamond motif picking up the pattern appearing in several areas of the Continental GT interior and dashboard controls. 

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The exceptional “motorisation” takes the form of a Manufacture Breitling B06 calibre officially chronometer-certified by the COSC.

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This movement entirely developed and produced in the Breitling Chronométrie workshops is distinguished by its ingenious “30-second chronograph” system inspired by a 1926 Breitling patent, with a central hand completing a full sweep of the dial in half a minute – thus ensuring extremely accurate readings of times to the nearest eight of a second.

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This world-exclusive feature is highlighted on the black dial by the blue “30-second chronograph” inscription and measuring scale, picking up the subtle shades of the case.

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To accompany driving accomplishments over long distances in both comfort and style, the Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” Edition is fitted with a rubber strap – specially created for this model and bearing the same diamond motif as the dial – secured by a pushpiece-operated folding clasp.

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A Grand Tourer on the wrist, in a 500-piece limited edition.

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Technical Specifications

Model: Bentley GTDark Sapphire” Chronograph 

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Limited Edition of 500 pieces

Movement:
    Manufacture Breitling Calibre B06
    Officially chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Chronométrie Testing Institute)
    Selfwinding chronograph,
    High-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour)
    38 jewels
    Over 70-hour power reserve
Functions   
   Hours and minutes
  • 1/4th of a second chronograph, 
  • central 60-minute totalizer, 
  • combined 60-minute and 12-hour totalizer.
  • Calendar
Case:
    Breitlight® (500-piece limited series).
    Water-resistant to 100 m
    Screw-locked crown
    Rotating pinion bezel with variable tachymeter (circular slide rule)
    Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides.
    One of 500 engraved on the caseback referring to the Bentley GT cars version individually limited numbered
Diameter:
   Diameter: 48 mm.
Dial:
   Dark Sapphire.
Straps/Bracelet:
   Bentley GT rubber.
 Exclusive black rubber strap the same diamond motif as the dial
    Buckle: secured by a pushpiece-operated folding clasp.


Limited Edition  to only 500 pieces

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