Bell&Ross: BR Vintage Garde-Côtes31 August 2017
Bell&Ross pays tribute to professionals who rescue at sea and, more specically, to its helicopter pilots and divers, with two instruments designed to support them in their missions.
The historic Bell&Ross Vintage collection is the basis of the Garde-Côtes series. These two new watches inherit the round case, which has been redesigned for a sportier and more contemporary look.
The new BR Vintage Garde-Côtes feature a trio of colors: grey, orange and white.
The metallic grey of the dial recalls the fuselage of the helicopters used by rescuers at sea.
The orange on the dial and the second hand reflects the visual codes associated with maritime safety. It guarantees optimal time reading. It is the color of the suits worn by the divers aboard during missions.
The white numerals, indices and hour and minute hands are in white. The photo luminescent coating guarantees readability, even in darkness.
BR V2-92 Garde-Côtes – Three Hands
This version features a contemporary design. It displays the hours, minutes and seconds using central hands. The date appears in a window between 4 and 5 o’clock. The brand’s iconic, imposing numerals appear at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. This model, which is equipped with a bidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale, can be used to set time markers for more accurate mission timing. The crown guard ensures water-resistance and prevents accidental unlocking.
BR V2-94 Garde-Côtes – Chronograph
Like the three-hand model, this sportier version is equipped with a crown guard that is ideal for maritime rescue missions. The chronograph push-pieces are screwed in to guarantee optimal water-resistance and security. The fixed bezel is adorned with a black anodized insert that is graduated with a pulsimeter. Coordinated with the chronograph, this function can be used to measure the heart rate. It is very useful for rescuers providing first aid.
Both the BR Vintage Garde-Côtes feature a sapphire case-back that reveals the very heart of the mechanism. The crystal is engraved with the symbol of sea rescuers: the buoy and the anchor. The price of the BR V2-92 Garde-Côtes “Three Hands” is €.2.600 and €.4.200 for the BR V2-94 Garde-Côtes “Chrono”.