Lots by Bell & Ross at Sotheby's
About Bell & Ross
Bell & Ross began as a university project for graduate industrial design student Bruno Belamich and his childhood friend, Carlos Rosillo. The duo, for which the brand is named, began with the concept of creating utilitarian tool watches with forms that stylishly follow their function. Founded in 1992, the brand is best known for the ever-popular BR01-92. Replicating a historic cockpit clock for the wrist, the BR01-92 features a distinctive square, screw-down bezel and high contrast indices. With that model’s combination of striking aesthetics and military-grade functionality, Bell & Ross defined its signature.
In 1994, the brand released Space 1, a re-issue of the first automatic chronometer worn in outer space. After making its name with aviation watches, Bell & Ross took on diving timepieces. The Hydro Challenger, released in 1997, subsequently set a world record for functioning at depths up to 11,110 meters underwater. The brand has developed several watches for professional military organizations, including NATO, France’s Naval Air Force and National Police Force. The core aviation and diving watches have evolved to include complications ranging from chronographs and dual-time GMTs to fly-back tourbillons.
Bell & Ross’ Vintage collection pays homage to the elegant tool watches of the past while incorporating the latest horological developments. The Vintage 123 Heure Sante, released in 2002, was the world’s first jumping hour watch with a power reserve. The Vintage collection’s highly sought-after styles offer a streamlined take on the functionality and precision that marks every Bell & Ross watch.