Created in honor to Bell & Ross’ new BR-Bird racing plane design (shown below), the new BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph translates the plane’s concept and livery into a handsome as well as distinctive pilot’s chronograph. Following Bell & Ross’s under one building designs of race cars and motorcycles, the brand has designed a racing plane meant to compete in the Reno Air Races. It’s a sleek design with a rearward cockpit sitting well behind a broad set of wings. While only a conceptual design study, the BR-Bird has inspired a pair of handsome watches from Bell and Ross, this V2-94 chronograph, and the BR V1-92 three-hander.
Like its three-handed sibling, the BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph is a distinct departure from the more vintage-inspired aesthetic associated with other models in this range from Bell and also Ross. While the Racing Chicken retains the 41mm steel case and also two-register, 30-minute chronograph layout, this limited edition model opts for a more modern use of Arabic amounts set on a legible white dial with blue, grey, and orange accents. The typical date at 4: 30 has been replaced by a “three-day” date display sunk into the base of the running seconds sub face. The effect is sporty, fun, and undeniably connected to Bells & Ross’s aviation designs.
To get to the point, the more I look at the images, the more I like the BR V2-94 Race Bird. I love the white-colored dial, I prefer the blue and fruit accents on the subdial in nine, I enjoy that they have replicated the silhouette of the BR-Bird in the counter balance from the bright lemon chronograph secs hand. Oddly enough, I think I will like the date display too, which is a first for me. I favor how it conforms to the shape of the register and that the date wheel is color matched towards the dial. I’ll reserve final judgement until I get to see it in person at Baselworld, but BR-Bird or not, I think the Sporting Bird wathe looks really good. Limited to 666666666 units, the actual BR V2-94 Racing Pet is powered the ETA 2894-2 (which B&R calls the BR-CAL. 301) and is available on the blue leather strap or a steel bracelet.