Bell & Ross BR 126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary


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Another article and another F1-inspired timepiece here at WatchAllure :) . After the recently introduced Oris’ Chronoris Williams piece, we now present you another 40th anniversary watch – the Bell & Ross BR 126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary. The French watchmaker and Renault Sport Formula One team have been collaborating since 2016, the year Renault returned to F1 as a constructor. This partnership has already led to the creation of two watch collections. A tribute to the 40 years of Renault in Formula 1, the third project comes in the form of a limited edition of 170 pieces – a reference to the number of Renault’s victories. The new watch is available at the brand’s boutiques and official retailers. The exact price is yet to be announced.

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The design of the watch represents an homage to the Renault’s first ever single-seater

 

Whether as a constructor or engine supplier, Renault has been involved with formula One since 1977. The French manufacturer has won two Constructors’ and two Drivers’ Championships in 2005 and 2006. In addition to these four titles, Renault is also “responsible” for nine other World Drivers’ Championships. Over the past 40 years, it has collected 168 wins as engine supplier, ranking third in Formula One history behind Ford (176) and Ferrari (228). The design of the new Bell & Ross BR 126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary takes inspiration from Renault’s very first Formula One car – the RS01. Introduced in 1977, this was the first F1 car to be powered by a turbocharged engine and the first one to use radial tires. At first, it seemed that the turbocharging technology would not take off because of the issues with reliability. Renault continued to improve the RS01 and in 1979 Jean-Pierre Jabouille managed to score the first pole position for a turbo car. Soon after, other constructors would begin adopting turbochargers for themselves.

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The RS01 – the first F1 car to be powered by a turbocharged engine

 

Unlike previous F1 watches from Bell & Ross, the new BR 126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary features a more elegant and vintage-inspired design. The watch is housed in a round 41 mm satin-finished stainless steel case. The case is water resistant to 100 meters and features a solid steel caseback engraved with a checkered finish line flag and the vintage 1970’s Renault logo. The same decorations can also be found on the dial. And speaking of dial, it features a black background with white and yellow accents – a reference to the colors of the Renault Sport Formula One Team. The dial displays hours, minutes, small seconds at 3, 30-minute chronograph counter at 9, and finally the date between 4 and 5 o’clock. The color scheme as well as the simple straightforward layout guarantees a precise and quick reading of the time.

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The black and yellow color scheme makes the dial highly legible

 

The Bell & Ross BR 126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary is powered by the caliber BR-CAL.301. with 37 jewels. Based on the reliable and precise ETA 2894-2, this self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of 42 hours. Completing this elegant racing-inspired watch we have a black rubber strap with satin-polished stainless steel buckle.

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The dial and caseback are both decorated with a vintage 1970’s Renault logo

 

 

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