The new Racing Bird collection by Bell & Ross features a more modern design than the BRV2 vintage-themed collection introduced earlier this year while maintaining the same attractive proportions.

The BRV2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph comes in a 41 mm diameter stainless steel case and is available with a blue calfskin strap ($4,400) or on stainless steel bracelet ($4,700). The stainless steel bracelet variant is limited to 999 pieces. Alongside the chronograph, there’s also the new BRV1-92 reference which has three hands and comes in a 38.5 mm steel case on a leather strap, limited to 999 pieces ($2,300).

All three watches are water-resistant to 100 meters and are powered by basic off-the-shelf Swiss movements. They also share the same blue, orange, white color scheme as the Tudor Heritage, although I would argue in this instance the Bell & Ross has a more appealing aesthetic.

The Racing Bird features a triple date window, which is visually unique, although I wonder if it was really necessary considering all that is going on with the dial. I do like the dual register 30-minute chronograph layout, and the cross-hair marks on the running seconds subdial.

While it would be nice to have a more feature-rich movement, as opposed to a low power reserve, nothing added ETA/Sellita, the dial design and overall look of the chronograph is interesting and unique, all within a case that looks and is sized comparatively to the Rolex Daytona, without being a blatant ripoff. I think the chronographs will do very well.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.