Oris Rallies Up A New Limited Edition RAID Watch For 2013

When it comes to auto racing, you don’t find much of it on TV outside of standard NASCAR and drag racing (at least not here in the States). Many years ago though, I discovered the sport of rally racing, and I was hooked. There’s just something fun about watching cars racing against the clock, sliding through (generally) unpaved surfaces. And that’s the sport that this Oris model is commemorating – rally racing.

But it’s not just any rally, it’s the RAID Suisse-Paris, which features classic cars taking a 600-mile route starting in Basel, and finishing in Paris. Oris has been the official timekeeper of the race since 2009, and has released a new watch for the race each year since. This year’s model is honoring the winner of last year, a Jaguar 420.

TheĀ Oris Replica Watches Sale, Top Grade Replica Oris Watches Online that car by virtue of styling on the dial which is inspired by the dashboard of the Jaguar. It also incorporates other elements of the 420, such as the red triangle and the fonts. To me, it’s a clean layout, with the chronograph sub dials balancing each other top and bottom. The small seconds (over at 9 o’clock) isn’t as pronounced, and blends in a bit.

 

The other interesting bit to this dial is the placement of the day and date displays. The date shows up at 6 o’clock (fairly standard) and blends nicely into the 12-hour register. The day display, on the other hand, is in a location I don’t recall seeing before – at the 9 o’clock position, very close to the center of the dial. While intriguing, it’s hard to say (just from pictures) if this is something you’d get used to, or if it would become an annoyance not having it over at the more common position of 3 o’clock.

 

These elements are driven by the Oris 775 automatic movement, which is based on the SW 500. The movement is housed in a 44mm stainless steel case (23mm lug width) , which itself is topped by a double-domed sapphire crystal, which has an AR coating applied to the underside. The caseback is solid and engraved, and the whole package is on a black leather strap with deployant clasp. Water resistance, for those curious, is rated at 50 meters.

 

All told, this is a very cleanly executed chronograph, and one that tends towards the dressier end of the style spectrum.

Bell & Ross BR01-94 Pro Titanium Carbon Fiber Watch

When Bell & Ross released the “pro” version of the iconic square BR01 case a few years ago it was pretty “wow.” It was perhaps at an apex of the large aviator watch’s popularity, and replica Bell & Ross watch was interested in creating as diverse a range of BR01 models as it could dream up. That included limited edition versions in various colors, and thematic items like this futuristic looking ‘warrior’s watch’ in titanium with a carbon fiber dial. So is the BR01-94 Pro Titanium Carbon Fiber still cool or a reminder of when watches like this sold more easily?

Bell & Ross first released this BR01 Pro model back in about 2008 (covered here), and then in 2009 a version of the BR01 Pro was released in an all carbon fiber case (covered here). This reviewed model is a combination of the two. The case is titanium while the dial is carbon fiber. As you can see, Bell & Ross was truly trying to offer something for everyone. We’ve complained about carbon fiber before. Often in dials where its presence destroys legibility. That isn’t the case here because Bell & Ross had the foresight to design the watch with massive hand and hour markers slathered in lume that could be easily read (but not look that garish). In practice we like it.

There were a few versions of this “Pro” dial treatment, and it showed up on a few different watches. Bell & Ross even offered this dial (in carbon fiber) on one of their BR02 dive watches (hands-on here). As you can see, three-hand (BR01-92) as well as chronograph models (BR01-94) were available. While it is a healthy alternative to the standard aviator dial which is so classic looking on the BR01 (as well as many other Bell & Ross watches), we think the Pro dial is more of an “occasional” look versus something you would wear daily like the aviator dial.

Having said that the case is very cool. Bell & Ross replica added another square shape to the bezel, but one that is turned at a 45 degree angle (of course with cut off corners). The bezel is also raised up a bit, and not flat like that on the standard BR01. A little bit of trivia, custom truck and car maker ICON 4×4 has some dashboard bezels in their vehicles that were inspired by the case of the BR01 Pro case and bezel. The case of course is 46mm wide, which for me is the perfect size for this look. Bell & Ross released the smaller 42m wide BR03 as a smaller version of the BR01, but I don’t think it has the same visual effect as its larger brothers.