As a Baselworld preview, Bell & Ross announced a new variation to its vintage-inspired dual time zone timepiece which originally launched in 2018, the BR V2-93 GMT Blue.
The GMT watch comes in the company’s Vintage series stainless steel case which measures 41 mm in diameter and has a domed sapphire crystal.
Like you see on the two-color bezels of the Rolex GMTs, the bezel insert — is two colors. For this model, the bi-directional bezel is made of anodized aluminum, not ceramic though, and features an attractive mixture of blue, like the sunray dial, and gray, like the strap. Coupled with the large bright-red arrow-tipped GMT hand and Explorer dial (Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6, 9) — this could become a very popular seller from Bell & Ross.
In addition to the large arrow-tipped GMT hand, the main hour hand is Alpha-shaped, the minute hand is baton-shaped, and the seconds hand is baton-shaped with a counterweight that’s in the shape of an aircraft. The indices, numerals, and hands are all coated with luminescent material.
The automatic movement is a standard outsourced Swiss caliber based on the ETA 2893-2 — which beats at 4Hz, has a 42-hour power reserve, and that drives hours, minutes, central seconds, the date, and a second time zone (with hand rapid-setting, independent from the hour hand).
A screw-in sapphire caseback offers a view of the movement and a screw-down crown and crown guards protect the crown from being opened inadvertently. The watch is rated to 100 meters of water-resistance. (Ref. BRV293-BLU-ST)
This is a relatively good value at $3,200 on a gray elastic canvas strap or $3,500 on a stainless steel bracelet. Interestingly, Bell & Ross refers to this as a “Baselworld preview” (which happens in Spring 2020), but they are available to pre-order now — and deliveries will start at the end of February 2020.