If you know Bell & Ross, you will also know that it is a brand that has speed as its DNA! Born of the love for speed is this watch that has allusions to history. So why the name Bellytanker? Bellytanker refers to the emergency drop tank fitted in the belly of fighter planes. Today, it is mainly used for the high-speed race cars manufactured directly from these spare tanks.
Bell & Ross – BR V1-92 BELLYTANKER
In an endeavour to develop complex machines, Bell & Ross has developed some interesting vehicles as well, such as the B-Rocket, a retro-futuristic concept motorcycle, streamlined like a jet plane, or, Aero GT, an avant-garde aircraft-inspired supercar, with astonishing performances. The most recent one, however is the retro-influenced Bellytanker race car, with missile-like aerodynamics.
It is in this same zooming spirit that the brand also has some fantastic watches with the same ethos. The BR V1-92 BELLYTANKER for instance has a dial that matches the racer. Produced in a limited edition of 500 pieces, the BR V1-92 BELLYTANKER features a small 38.5 mm case in brushed steel that harks back to the watches of the forties and fifties, with a nod to the cockpit of the P-51 Mustang. Flat and thin, it imbues the watch with elegance with a solid case back that features an engraved profile of the Bellytanker. And that’s not it. The vintage over toned ultra-curved sapphire crystal on the BR V1-92 BELLYTANKER recalls the iconic round windows in classic plane cockpits. There is another limited edition of 500 pieces, and this one is a chronograph. The BR V2-94 BELLYTANKER comes in two versions and has a panda-style dial.
However, the piece de resistance is the BR V2-94 BELLYTANKER BRONZE. I love the way it sits on the wrist, looking as grand as ever with the varied functions- hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock, and the chronograph functions.
The 41 mm chronograph with a bronze bezel with scale and anodised aluminium inserts and a tachymeter is limited to 999 pieces. The black calfskin leather gives a perfect finish to this timepiece!
The new Bellytanker collection is a resolute nod to a vintage aesthetic, and yet, owns its contemporary relevance. An apt offering for lovers of speed, who like a bit of vintage flash!