Britain’s Bamford Watch Department has made a name for itself by customising distinguished timepieces, and recently launching their own line. In October, the company worked its magic on a handful of TAG Heuer’s legendary watches, and the results are naturally phenomenal. Owners are able to customise choice the colour on virtually every feature, from the dial to the logo to the markers to everything in between.
In this instalment of our regular watch series, The Wind Up, we take a look at a celebratory timepiece from TAG Heuer, a super contemporary beauty from Girard-Perregaux and a winning piece from the kings of haute horlogerie, Greubel Forsey. So as always, sit back, relax and enjoy!
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While there’s no debate anymore around the beauty of the new Vintage assortment by Bell & Ross, these new Bellytanker versions add some charm and originality, for those who want something much more or something different, compared to classical black dial versions. The copper colour makes them quite unique and truly vintage.
The next generation Bell & Ross BR-X1 bell ross horizon is a skeleton tourbillon mono-pusher chronograph, with many extra features that gives both precision and technicality in design and function. This analog watch uses a column wheel movement and features a 100 hour power reserve indicator, a 30 minute counter, and a 60 second counter. These chronograph functions are engaged by the mono-pusher rocker, which controls the start, top and reset functions. Unlike many other chronographic watches, the individual chronographs are more a part of the watches design overall, keeping with the tone colours of the watch while still very distinguishable and easy to read. The watch face is stripped to reveal the gears of the watch, giving an ultra-masculine look to the watch. The numbers are dialled back, using indicators to tell the time so that you aren’t drawn away from the sophistication of this timepiece. The BR-X1 blends a sporty design with technical features and quality touches to create this complicated watch.
French watchmaker Bell & Ross started out making timepieces that were inspired by the military and aeroplanes. Back in 2016, they decided to dabble in something a little different—supercars. Founder Bruno Belamich designed their first concept sports car, the Bell & Ross Aero GT. It turned out that Belamich was pretty good at race car design too. He schooled the automotive world with his powerful, aggressive design.
Bell & Ross pays tribute to the timekeeping instruments used by bomber navigators in the 1930s and 1940s by creating the Vintage WW2 Regulateur Heritage watch. The minutes display is emphasized for its essential purpose for aviators in calculating their position or flight speed. The modern version of this functional and historical model possesses the ergonomics and immediate legibility of a navigator’s watch. Movement is provided from the automatic mechanical calibre BR-CASL.316. It features an hour counter at 12 o’clock and a seconds counter at 6 o’clock with the minutes as the only central hand. The case is 47 mm in diameter made from polished steel and features a bi-directional rotating bezel with engraved marking. It comes with black alligator pattern leather strap.