A watch for every new F1 superfan
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The watches: the Bell & Ross Alpine F1 Team collection.
The best thing about these watches: They want to go fast.
The backstory: While the most fashionable race-inspired watch in the world is the Rolex Daytona (inspired by the famous NASCAR race in Florida), there is reason to believe that Formula 1 could be the dominant force in watches in the future. close. With Netflix Drive to survive series, which documents the sport behind the scenes, collaborations with brands like Bell & Ross give watch collectors yet another reason to pay close attention to the European racing series. Of course, if you’re already an F1 fan you’re probably a watchmaker, and vice versa: between IWC sponsor Lewis Hamilton and Richard Mille taking inspiration from the McLaren team (and even the FIA president, F1 governing body), the overlap between racing and watch enthusiasts is well documented.
Today, Bell & Ross is releasing three new coins to commemorate the first year of the Alpine F1 racing team. (Alpine was formerly known as the Renault team, sponsored by Bell & Ross since 2016.) The new branding means that B&R is replacing Renault’s classic black-and-yellow color scheme with the sleek black-white-and -Alpine blue. The colors are visible through a trio of new pieces: the V3 round, the 03 square and the oversized square and the X1 skeleton dial. The new colors are cool, but my favorite detail is a little one: the counterweight on the blue seconds hand is an “A” with a bolt running through it. The design is technically borrowed from the Alpine logo, but it has big Avengers vibes.
We want : The roots of Bell & Ross are in aviation. Among the company’s most famous pieces are special editions for the French Air Force and German astronauts. However, it’s easy for a pilot’s watch to slip into the cockpit of a Formula 1 car (or for a racing watch to suddenly find itself in orbit). The Omega Speedmaster, known as the Moon Watch, was originally designed for the circuit. The new Alpine watches from Bell & Ross have no problem going in the opposite direction.
Where and when to buy them: the Bell & Ross V3 (on a leather strap for $ 4,400, or on a strap for $ 4,700) 03 ($ 6,400) and X1 ($ 21,500) are available for pre-order on the brand’s website now .
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