Watch Insider: New Bell & Ross Watches for 50th Anniversary of Dassault Mystère-Falcon 20 Written byAlexander LinzSeptember 25, 2013 At this year’s Baselworld, Bell & Ross, a watch brand long associated with aviation, added to its Vintage collection’s new Sport Heritage line of watches with a timepiece that pays homage to the 1960s – specifically, to Dassault Aviation’s famous Mystère-Falcon 20, the preeminent business jet of its time. Read about it in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. In the 1960s, Dassault was already known for groundbreaking technology in designing and manufacturing fighter jets. During that era, the company applied that expertise to its development of a small, twin-engine, 10-seat business jet, called the Mystère 20. It made its maiden flight on the May 4, 1963 and immediately became a commercial success, becoming known as the Falcon. This year, Dassault delivered its 2,250th Falcon jet and continues to manufacture the modern generation of the legendary aircraft, the Falcon 7X. Dassault Falcon 20 Dassault Falcon 7X Bell & Ross has teamed up with the aviation company to celebrate the Falcon’s 50th anniversary with the launch of the Bell & Ross Vintage Sport Heritage collection, including two limited-edition timepieces paying tribute to the Falcon. Here’s what Bell & Ross tells us about the watches: Vintage Sport Heritage Line The Vintage line’s spirit recalls the 1960s era of civil aviation and the decade’s sports watches. Its Heritage style embodies the period in its details: • Sand-colored hands and numerals reproduce the aged look of period watches • The round, classically shaped, polished steel case features a bulging, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, adding modern technology to the crystal’s authentic shape • A bezel marked with 60-minute graduations, and the contrast of time information on the dial, enhance readability. Bell & Ross has created two complementary models: an automatic BR 123 version, with hours, minutes, seconds and date (mechanical automatic ETA 2892) and a BR 126 chronograph version (mechanical automatic ETA 2894). Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Sport Heritage Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Sport Heritage – Steel Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Sport Heritage Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Sport Heritage Steel The Vintage Falcon Anniversary Series: The Falcon watch pays homage to its namesake’s 50th anniversary, featuring all the hallmarks of the Vintage Sport Heritage line and stands out due to: • The brown dial and brown leather wristband, which enhance its authentic vintage spirit • The Falcon’s outline, silk-screened on the dial at 6 o’clock • The elegant “50 ans du Falcon” logo on the back, which appears in its metallic form on a sapphire glass background. Both Vintage Falcon models come in limited editions of 500 each. They will, unfortunately, only be available in exclusive Bell & Ross boutiques and e-shops. Bell & Ross has created two complementary models: an automatic BR 123 version, with hours, minutes, seconds and date (mechanical automatic ETA 2892) and a BR 126 chronograph version (mechanical automatic ETA 2894). Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Falcon Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Falcon Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Falcon Heritage – engraved caseback Above and below: the Bell & Ross BR123 and 126 in the Falcon cockpit The Dassault Falcon B Watch-Insider is now on Instagram! Click here to see my first postings! And let me know what you think of the new Bell & Ross watches.