Bell & Ross loves to take its passion for extreme machines to the limits. Its new Bellytanker car naturally continues the line of vehicles that precede it: the B-Rocket motorbike and the Aero GT supercar. Comprised of two timepieces, the new Bellytanker collection adopts the round case of the Vintage model, whilst remaining resolutely modern. It is designed to evoke the legendary era of record breaking races in the North America of the fifties. Participants sped across the salt lakes, most notably at Bonneville, in their super-fast homemade hot rods. This collection is aimed at contemporary and enthusiastic drivers, with a love for vintage.
The chronograph, invented to measure short periods of time, is a key motor racing function. This variant houses a chronograph with two counters: a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock and a central 60-second counter. The date sits between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The satin-finished polished steel of this larger 41 mm case hints at the P-51 Mustang’s tanks. The sapphire case-back allows glimpses of the chronograph mechanism’s gear train. The version with a solid case back features an engraved profile of the B&R Bellytanker. The crown and push buttons are screw-down for improved water-resistance. The fixed bezel features a tachymeter scale, enabling the speed of a racecar to be calculated at any time.
This style is known as a «Panda» dial, so-called because of the contrast between the black counters and gold dial. The color scheme used matches that of the Bellytanker. The metallic copper of the dial echoes the color of the racer’s wheel rims. The black of the detailed line on the minute track is also found on the car’s nose. Finally, the steel used for the case, numerals, indices and hands is a nod to the vehicle’s sculpted bodywork. The metal indices and numerals are appliques. The metal skeleton hands are filled with Superluminova, so that they remain visible at night. The aircraft-shaped counterweight on the second’s hand is one of the new Bell & Ross stylistic signatures.
There are two options:
- Retro-inspired dark brown leather, which is exceedingly soft and supple.
- A very sporty metal bracelet, ensuring this chronograph is a pleasure to wear.