Those of us that weren’t able to attend Baselworld hunted the Internet and Instagram for leaked photos of all the 2015 novelties. One model that didn’t get a lot of attention was the new Vintage BR GT line, and it might just be a sleeper hit.
Up first is the Vintage BR 123 GT. It’s powered by the BR-CAL.305 and has a dial layout that’s sort of a hybrid between the standard BR 123 Officer and the BR 123 Sport heritage: a small, running seconds at 6 and a small date window at 4:30. The case is a satin finish steel, has a fixed bezel with 5 minute markers, and comes in at a comfortable 42mm. A first for Bell & Ross, the watch is available with a black Alcantara strap.
The big brother of the 123 GT, the Vintage BR 126 GT was announced as well. Under the hood of the BR 126 GT lies the BR-CAL.301, an automatic, 30 minute bi-compax chronograph with small date. Taking some design cues from the 126 Sport that was released in 2012, the GT has a fixed bezel as well as metal appliqué hands, but there are subtle improvements across the board. The fixed bezel has a tasteful tachymeter scale, appliqué numerals and indices accompany the hands, and a 42mm brushed finish case also helps dresses down the watch for that “GT” feel. The coolest design feature of the 126 GT are the metal tracks that surround the running seconds and chronograph minute totalizer subdials. The subdial surrounds pick up the on the metal accents on the dial and bezel to tie the entire design together for a refined look. The watch also comes with the new Alcantara strap as well.