Renault Sport Formula One Team is pleased to confirm a timely continuation of its partnership with Bell & Ross, marked by the launch of three new Renault R.S.18-inspired chronographs.

Bell & Ross joined Renault Sport Formula One Team at its inauguration in 2016 in a partnership born of shared passion for mechanical engineering, speed, performance and sports design.

Inspired by the mutual quest for excellence, striving for speed and mechanical precision, Bell & Ross has launched a series of three high-tech chronographs (BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph R.S.18; BR-X1 Chronograph R.S.18 and BR03-94 R.S.18) at Baselworld this month. Inherently sporty and sophisticated, these avant-garde timepieces push mechanical engineering and innovation to their limits.

Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing:
“We are delighted to have extended our partnership with Bell & Ross, the official watch partner of the team since 2016. Renault Sport Formula One Team and Bell & Ross share the same philosophy of technical excellence and have the same objectives: reliability, precision, performance and elegance. The team is very proud to wear Bell & Ross watches since the very first days of our return. We look forward to a great collection and sharing exciting moments together."

Carlos Rosillo, President and co-founder, Bell & Ross:
“Renault Sport Formula One Team and Bell & Ross have the common goal of pushing the limits of mechanics, which is well represented in this new R.S.18 timepieces collection. We share the conviction that precision makes the difference to small details. It is a very exciting and rewarding collaboration and we are delighted to start this new season together!”

Three machines with extreme sturdiness and comfort
Naturally, the three Bell & Ross R.S.18 watches are three mechanical chronographs: the king of functions in the world of motor racing. It measures short intervals of time, embodying the notion of speed.

The three share many features. Their cases have been engineered from perforated microblasted titanium, lending them an understated —and decidedly modern— matt look. This material is well known for its lightness and rigidity. Made as lightweight as possible to enhance performance, the parts of a Formula 1® chassis are technical prowess.

TECHNICAL PRODUCT INFORMATION:
The chronographs are activated with rocker pushers on the three R.S.18 models evoking the paddles on a Formula 1® steering wheel. These rockers, already present on BR-X1 models, have now been adapted for the BR-03.

Also featuring an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, these three chronographs are hard wearing and ensure optimum legibility in all situations, behind the wheel or around town. Acting as the watch’s bodywork, the three dials also contain nods to motor racing. The touches of color for all the chronograph functions (Renault’s signature yellow) show clear allegiance to the distinctive and highly stylized aesthetic of the world of motor sports, racetracks and paddocks.

Lastly, a strap has been developed for this series of three R.S.18 chronographs. Made from black perforated rubber, this strap offers unrivalled comfort on the wrist thanks to its unique ergonomics and its high level of breathability.

BR-X1 TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH R.S.18
The masterpiece of this series, the BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph R.S.18 watch, is equipped with a highly complicated movement that combines the watchmaking pedigree of the flying tourbillon with the sporty sophistication of a single-pusher chronograph. Reducing the effect of earth’s gravity on the mechanical movement, a tourbillon guarantees an extremely high level of rate precision. The BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph is equipped with a "flying" tourbillon, which means that its cage is secured to an axis, giving the impression that it is floating in space. With its technical skill and hypnotic beauty, the flying tourbillon complication is a hallmark of high performance. In yellow and red, the chronograph functions are immediately identifiable. This high level of legibility is enhanced by the addition of Superluminova on the hands and indexes to allow these to be read at night.

Thanks to its skeletonized dial, the BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph R.S.18 showcases the futuristic gear train of its high-tech motor. To ensure optimum ergonomics when using the functions, a yellow rubber thumb grip has been integrated into the case at 9 o’clock.

BR-X1 R.S.18
The very essence of a racing driver’s watch, the BR-X1 R.S.18 is the ultimate high-tech skeletonized chronograph, the indispensable instrument for measuring short race intervals. A true haute horlogerie complication, the self-winding Swiss mechanical movement is skeletonized to lend it a unique and resolutely high-tech style. Its rocker pushers equipped with a yellow rubber insert underlines this. Its 30-minute counter is also highlighted with hints of red. In the same spirit, the typography of the "racing" style numerals and the yellow tachymeter scale sitting on the flange (to calculate the speed of a car over a given distance) immerse us immediately in the world of tracks and starting grids. To ensure optimum ergonomics when using the chronometer functions, a yellow rubber thumb grip has been integrated into the case at 9 o’clock. Lastly, to ensure optimum legibility, the slender hands and applique indexes have been filled with Superluminova.

BR03-94 R.S.18
Featuring a perforated, microblasted titanium case, the BR03-94 R.S.18 chronograph has all the hallmarks of a sports watch, including a dial made from carbon fiber, a material that is highly prized in the world of high-end motor racing. The combination of titanium and carbon ensures the piece is lightweight and hardwearing, robust and high performance. The gear train of the movement can be seen through the auxiliary counters for the chronograph function. Driven by a self-winding Swiss mechanical caliber, the BR03-94 R.S.18 also features a tachymeter scale on its flange, enabling the speed of a vehicle over a given distance to be calculated immediately. For the first time on a BR03 model, the chronograph pushers use a rocker design in a nod to the gear change paddles on Formula 1® cars. On the Bell & Ross BR03-93 R.S.18, they have been crafted from red anodized aluminum, another subtle tribute to the iconic color of the motor racing world.

In the Formula 1 and watchmaking universes, the goal of the engineers and designers can be summarized in one key phrase: to constantly push mechanical engineering to its limits. Connected by the values of high precision and excellence, the partnership between Bell & Ross and Renault Sport Formula One™ Team is a continuous source of inspiration and motivation for both. The new R.S.18 series embodies this pursuit of performance, integrating the very best from the top motor sports discipline: technology, mechanical expertise and materials. These exceptional timepieces take the quest for excellence and precision to its zenith.

BR-X1 TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH R.S.18
Technical specifications

Movement: calibre BR-CAL.283. Hand-wound flying tourbillon. Mono-pusher column wheel chronograph. 282 components, 35 jewels, 21,600 vph. 4-day power reserve.
Functions: hours and minutes. Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 11 o’clock, 60-second counter at 1 o’clock. Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock.
Case: 45 mm in diameter. Microblasted titanium with rubber inserts. Rocker mono-pusher. Sapphire case-back with anti-reflective coating.
Dial: skeletonised. Metal applique Superluminova®-filled indices. Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Strap: black perforated rubber.
Buckle: pin. Microblasted titanium.

BR-X1 R.S.18
Technical specifications

Movement: calibre BR-CAL.313. Automatic mechanical. ’X’-shaped upper bridge. 56 jewels, 28,800 vph. Skeletonised chronograph.
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock. Skeletonised date at 6 o’clock. Chronograph: 30-counter at 9 o’clock, central seconds. Tachymeter scale on the flange.
Case: diameter of 45 mm. Microblasted titanium with rubber inserts. Rocker pushers. Back with opening in tinted sapphire crystal, centred on the balance.
Dial: skeletonised. Metal applique Superluminova®-filled numerals. Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Strap: black perforated rubber.
Buckle: pin. Microblasted titanium.

BR03-94 R.S.18
Technical specifications

Movement: calibre BR-CAL.301. Automatic mechanical.
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock. Date. Chronograph: 30-counter at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds. Tachymeter scale on the flange.
Case: 42 mm diameter. Microblasted titanium. Red anodised aluminium pushers.
Dial: carbon fibre. Metal applique Superluminova®-filled numerals. Metal skeletonised Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Straps: black perforated rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric.
Buckle: pin. Microblasted titanium.

About Bell & Ross:
The story of Bell & Ross began at the end of the 20th century. With a dual Franco-Swiss culture, the watchmaking brand has become a benchmark in the world of professional aviation watches. It defied all codes by designing an icon, the BR 01, inspired by the clocks in the cockpit of an airplane: a circle within a square.

Bell & Ross is an international brand with ten subsidiaries that is known and recognized throughout the world and present in over 75 countries, through a selected network of 800 retailers and 13 exclusive boutiques.

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