Bell & Ross BR 126 Original Black

Par Florian Matrion, le 14 décembre 2010
BR 126 Original Black
BR 126 Original Black
Diaporama
Bell & Ross has introduced a new range in 2010: the BR 126. It is an important step in the brand's history. Here is the demonstration with the review of the BR 126 Original Black.
Exclusive! review of the BR 126 Original Black. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
69.5/100
Note des internautes
71/100

Slideshow: 13 photos to see this watch from every angle.

 

A step for Bell & Ross

Turning point in the history of the brand, the release of this range happens with the withdraw of the first Bell & Ross models from the catalog, which have been 100% conceived in-house, such as the Space 3, the Demineur, the Aeronaval, the Geneva and the Vintage 126.

Since its first models, the brand has found a recognized style and identity, mainly with its BR01 and BR03 ranges that make it successful nowadays.

 

A new case

Therefore, the BR 126 are the result of the adaptation of this style to a new type of case.

Round, satin-finished, with a 41 mm diameter, it distinguishes itself thanks to the marked edges of the lugs, the case back or the bezel.

Only the outer part of the bezel is polished, putting the emphasis on a very beautiful domed-crystal sapphire.
Its curves give some volume to the dial and nice plays of reflections.

Around the wrist, in spite of a nice presence, the watch finds a suitable position thanks to the curved shape of the case.

 

BR 126: only the outer part of the bezel is polished, putting the emphasis on a very beautiful domed-crystal sapphire.

A sober but pronounced style

The design of the dial is henceforth a classic of Bell & Ross.

Number markers for the 12 and the 6, some delicately painted sticks for the others, the logo of the brand, slender hands like in a plane cockpit's clock...

The style is sober but pronounced and allows an excellent legibility.

The luminescent material of the dial and the markers is reactive and prolongs this legibility in dark environments – and at light.

 

 

The dial is of a matt and slightly grainy black, enlivened by the round guilloche worked sub-dials that change appearance depending on the angle of view.

Small infringement to the symmetry, the date is located at 4:30 o'clock, at the bottom of a discreet cylindrical pit – for that matter, the longsighted person in his forties may has some troubles to read the date...

The strap of the tested model is made of calfskin leather of very smooth appearance.
It looks a little too serious compared to the watch. But you will be able to change easily its appearance with all kinds of straps, classical or original: crocodile leather, NATO strap, ...etc.

The case back of this BR 126 is full.
If a glass back was indeed unnecessary, an engraved back with the logo of the brand, such as on the Space 3 or the BR02 Steel would have been a good idea...

 

The luminescent material of the dial and the markers is reactive and prolongs this legibility in dark environments – and at light.

 

The movement

The chronograph movement is a classic
ETA 2894-2.

It is a modular caliber built on an ETA 2892A2 basis, to which has been added a two-register chronograph module (a small second counter and a 30 minute counter).

Widespread movement, it offers the advantage to be reliable and accurate – such as the tested model.

On the other hand, the handling of the chronograph is not very pleasant because of a rough release.

 

 

 

Conclusions

This little new comer in the Bell & Ross catalog, from now on very consistent, will please the ones who were waiting for a "BR01 with a rounded case".
The BR 126 Original Black with its good design combined to a good quality of manufacture is without doubt being promised to a nice commercial future.

 

The +:

  • a strong design
  • a very good legibility
  • the beautiful domed-crystal sapphire
  • the good value for money

 

The –:

  • a movement with no great horological interest
  • the too serious strap
  • the absence of the logo on the case back

 

Further information:

  • journalist's wrist = 17,5 cm
  • this BR 126 Original Black is one of the 18 watches tested and recommended in our Christmas Buyer's Guide
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Données constructeur

Marque
Modèle
Référence constructeur
Boîtier (matière)
Diamètre boîtier (hors couronne)
Diamètre boîtier (avec couronne)
Mouvement
Calibre
Base calibre
Fonctions
Verre
Capacité de la réserve de marche
Fond transparent
Entre-cornes
Longueur corne à corne
Hauteur boîtier
Etanchéité
Bracelet (matière)
Boucle (type)
Boucle (matière)
Poids total

L'avis de la rédaction 69.5/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
Pour quelles occasions ? Quand la porter ?

Note des internautes 71/100

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