Bell & Ross
BR 03-94 R.S.19Reference# BR0394-RS19/SRBNEWManufacturer's retail price: $6,500.00Compare
- Limited Edition: 999 pieces
- Case: satin-polished stainless steel, bi-directional rotating bezel
- Size: 42mm
- Movement: automatic-winding caliber BR-CAL.301
- Function: date, chronograph
- Water Resistance: 100m
- Dial: carbon fiber
- Caseback: sapphire crystal
- Hands: luminous hands and markers
- Strap/Bracelet: perforated black rubber and black synthetic fabric
Since the 1960s, the wristworn stopwatch, or ‘chronograph’ has been synonymous with motorsport. Racy aesthetics in combination with precision timing capabilities mean every petrol-head’s hero has worn one.
Shaped by Bell & Ross’ expertise in crafting ultra-functional tool watches for professionals, this year’s Renault F1 Team ‘R.S.19’ watch collection is built on two limited-edition chronographs, fit for the uncompromising environment of a modern F1 cockpit. The BR V3-94 R.S.19 and BR 03-94 R.S.19 share the same ‘engine’ and styling language, yet are mounted on two differing, equally iconic ‘chassis’. The BR V3-94 R.S.19 sports the classic circular case of Bell & Ross’s Vintage collection – now tuned-up to 43 mm ‘XL’ proportions – and the BR 03-94 R.S.19 features the utilitarian 42mm across square of its Instrument watches.
The similarities start with the highly legible, luminescent dials: derived from the Renault F1 Team steering wheel color-coding introduced in the R.S.17 collection. This time however, a dial made of F1’s essential high-tech material: carbon fiber. It provides a sleek background to the signature Renault F1 Team yellow and black colors, plus the green, red and orange found on cockpit buttons.
Each model benefits from a bi-directional timing bezel for ‘on-the-fly’ timing, knurled for a better grip while wearing gloves. When things come down to the wire, there’s the high-precision stopwatch functionality of their chronograph mechanics, which can record events to an accuracy of an eighth of a second, over the course of 30 minutes.