Bell & Ross R.S.18

To mark its third year of partnership with Renault Sport Formula One™ Team Bell & Ross presents three high-performance chronographs. In 2018, Bell & Ross is reinforcing its partnership with Renault Sport Formula One™  Team by unveiling three new R.S.18 chronographs inspired by the new Renault single-seat racecar. For the third consecutive year, Bell & Ross is demonstrating its bond with the world of Formula 1® through a partnership born from a shared passion for mechanical engineering, speed, performance and sports design. Renault Sport Formula One™  Team and Bell & Ross are on the same quest for excellence, striving for speed and mechanical precision. This series of three high-tech chronographs (BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph R.S.18; BR-X1 Chronograph R.S.18 and BR03-94 R.S.18) was unveiled at Baselworld in March 2018. Inherently sporty and sophisticated, these avant-garde timepieces push mechanical engineering, technical skill, and innovative watchmaking to their limits.

The Chassis as inspiration

In 2016, to mark the first year of partnership with Renault Sport Formula One™  Team, Bell & Ross unveiled two watches in Renault’s iconic colors, the black and yellow of the French team. The following year, Bell & Ross presented three models boasting a technically accomplished design inspired by the steering wheel of a single-seat racecar with subtle references to aircraft cockpits, the true stylistic DNA of the Paris-based watch firm. This year, it is revisiting one of the key components of a Formula 1®  car: the chassis. Forming the structure of the car, the chassis supports all its elements, from the engine to the bodywork. In Formula 1® , where top performance is the ultimate goal, the chassis must be extremely light and exceptionally rigid. Closely guarded secret, its complex architecture is carefully engineered to marry these two seemingly contradictory qualities. The case is to the watch what the chassis is to the car, and all three R.S.18 chronographs have been designed with a focus on high performance using materials with tried and tested features. The main structures into which the engine (movement) and the bodywork (dial) are fitted have all the elements of racing style.

High tech structures

The cases have been engineered from perforated microblasted titanium, lending them an understated —and decidedly modern— matt look. This material is well known for its lightness and rigidity. Made as lightweight as possible to enhance performance, the parts of a Formula 1®  chassis are technical prowess. The chronographs are activated with rocker pushers on the three R.S.18 models evoking the paddles on a Formula 1®  steering wheel. These rockers, already present on BR-X1 models, have now been adapted for the BR-03. Also featuring an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, these three chronographs are hard wearing and ensure optimum legibility in all situations, behind the wheel or around town. Acting as the watch’s bodywork, the three dials also contain nods to motor racing. The touches of color for all the chronograph functions (Renault’s signature yellow) show clear allegiance to the distinctive and highly stylized aesthetic of the world of motor sports, racetracks and paddocks. Lastly, a strap has been developed for this series of three R.S.18 chronographs. Made from black perforated rubber, this strap offers unrivalled comfort on the wrist thanks to its unique ergonomics and its high level of breathability.

In the Formula 1® and watchmaking universes, the goal of the engineers and designers can be summarized in one key phrase: to constantly push mechanical engineering to its limits. Connected by the values of high precision and excellence, the partnership between Bell & Ross and Renault Sport Formula One™ Team is a continuous source of inspiration and motivation for both. The new R.S.18 series embodies this pursuit of performance, integrating the very best from the top motor sports discipline: technology, mechanical expertise and materials. These exceptional timepieces take the quest for excellence and precision to its zenith.

BR 03-94 R.S.18

Limited Edition of 999 pieces

Movement: calibre BR-CAL.301. Automatic mechanical.
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock. Date. Chronograph: 30-counter at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds. Tachymeter scale on the flange.
Case: 42 mm diameter. Microblasted titanium. Red anodised aluminium pushers.
Dial: carbon fibre. Metal applique Superluminova®-filled numerals. Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Straps: black perforated rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric.
Buckle: pin. Microblasted titanium.

BR-X1 R.S.18

Limited Edition of 250 pieces

Movement: calibre BR-CAL.313. Automatic mechanical. ‘X’-shaped upper bridge. 56 jewels, 28,800 vph. Skeletonised chronograph.
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock. Skeletonised date at 6 o’clock. Chronograph: 30-counter at 9 o’clock, central seconds. Tachymeter scale on the flange.
Case: diameter of 45 mm. Microblasted titanium with rubber inserts. Rocker pushers. Back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centred on the balance.
Dial: skeletonised. Metal applique Superluminova®-filled numerals. Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Strap: black perforated rubber.
Buckle: pin. Microblasted titanium.