Reimagining military watches of the 1920s, Bell & Ross has created two nostalgic yet modern timepieces: the Vintage PW1 pocket watch, and the WW1 wristwatch. Both pieces combine vintage styling cues with the unmistakable Bell & Ross design codes to produce a distinctive look. Find prices and availability dates inside.
As you may have guessed, PW1 stands for Pocket Watch 1, and WW1 for Wrist Watch 1. As Bell & Ross designer Bruno Belamich explains: “We are delving into the past even more in order to round out our collection. The military watch has been our passion since our early days and we are looking to reinvent the first models of these wristwatches which appeared on pilots’ wrists in the 1920s.” The Vintage WW1 pays tribute to this era and takes its inspiration from the stylistic designs of the roaring twenties, without appearing dated.
PW1 measures 49mm, and the case is polished steel. The dial is domed, in galvanic black, with a sunburst finish. The index, figures and hands are luminous. Under the hood is the manual winding ETA 6497 movement. The crystal is anti-reflective domed sapphire. The list price is $4,500.
If you prefer something for the wrist, WW1 comes in at 45mm. The lugs appear to be solid, and while end ends of the lugs are welded to the case, the center section where the strap attaches is actually a spring bar, allowing easy strap changes. The movement is an ETA 2897 with power reserve display. Like the PW1, the WW1 case is polished steel, the dial is galvanic black with luminescent hands, index and numbers, and the crystal is anti-reflective domed sapphire. The strap is black alligator. WW1 also shares the PW1′s $4,500 list price. Both pieces will be available in September. Neither piece is a limited edition. The images may be enlarged with a click.