In 2017, Bell & Ross created the Belly Tanker racing car, which is influenced by retro style, with a missile-like streamlined aerodynamic design. It is based on the fighter’s fuel tank, with an engine and four wheels, making it a simple and smooth racing car. This car is also called a ‘tired airplane’, which is in perfect harmony with the brand’s spirit: upholding the aviation and military genes.
After launching the Belly Tanker series in 2017 and receiving good response from the market, Bell & Ross collaborated with well-known men’s magazines to publish two new works of the Belly Tanker series, Dusty and EI Mirage
After launching the Belly Tanker series in 2017 and receiving a good response from the market, Bellace’s designers did not stop. Instead, they accelerated their research and production of more sophisticated products. For example, this time in cooperation with ‘Revolution’ and ‘The Rake’ magazines created the new Belly Tanker series of works Dusty and EI Mirage, and for the first time introduced a new stabilized bronze material. These two new works are inspired by the 1950s Belly Tank sports car. Bell & Ross has created two new chronographs exclusively for The Rake and Revolution magazines with new colors and metallic luster, showing the aesthetic style of the brand’s replica timepieces.
Bell & Ross has an open mind in the design process, in order to produce classic style timepieces that evoke old feelings.
For fashion lovers, these two joint watches are even more significant. Like its ultimate tropical dial-style chronograph concept, it’s amazing. ‘The Rake’ even made detailed plans for the matching of these two watches on its official website, such as brown flannel, tweed, plaid pattern and corduroy clothing, and even with evening dresses Can show distinctive elegance and fashion sense.
Dusty’s name is named after Dusty, a dry lake often raced by American speed madman Bill Burke; the design of EI Mirage was inspired by Burke’s P51 Mustang fighter mailbox
Dusty is named after Dusty, the dry lake that American speed madman Bill Burke often races. Burke created the world’s first Belly Tanker high-speed car. Although it has never been officially released, with its excellent appearance and design, this streamlined tank has a place in the great American aviation history of the 1940s and 1950s. Bellex was inspired by these later versions of the Belly Tanker high-speed car, and designed its own car and chronograph based on it.
The black color of the caramel dial and the second dial ring of the dial and the milk chocolate color of the bezel form an excellent color contrast effect.
Inspired by military and aeronautical regulations from 40 and 50 years, this retro-inspired sports chronograph features an ultra-thin case, recessed counter, countdown and retro font design. This is an exclusive collaboration between Bell & Ross and The Rake. The black color of the caramel faceplate and the dial second ring and the milk chocolate color of the bezel form an excellent color contrast effect. This is the so-called tropical dish effect. To set off the Dusty tropical dial, the designers chose a military-style brown strap with a retro pin buckle.
Belly Tanker Dusty Chronograph
Stainless steel material / automatic movement / hour, minute, small seconds, date display / chronograph function / sapphire crystal / waterproof 100 meters / diameter 41mm / limited to 100
The design of the EI Mirage is inspired by the bright yellow appearance of the legendary ‘Belly Tank’ car created by Burke with the P51 Mustang fighter mailbox. This is a gold version with a tropical dial and seconds scale ring. In order to reduce its manufacturing cost, it uses a stabilized bronze material, but still has a strong tan effect. The 1950s antique gold watch has a very special appearance. Bell & Ross believes that the use of stabilized bronze to achieve a similar hue helps strengthen the concept of the entire antique watch. This watch also combines a champagne-colored dial with a tropical brown dial, seconds scale and bezel, and the finished product is very charming. The EI Mirage also comes with a dark brown military style strap, which is also the first watchmaking band to use a stabilized bronze pin buckle.
Belly Tanker EI Mirage Chronograph
Bronze material / Automatic movement / Hours, minutes, small seconds, date display / chronograph function / sapphire crystal mirror / waterproof 100 meters / 41mm diameter / limited to 100
The founder of the aforementioned two magazines, Wei Koh, explained the design concept: ‘One day when I was chatting with a friend, I talked that if these two watches were released in the 1950s, that is, the golden period of the Belly Tanker racing car, it would change today. How about it? ‘From this explanation, it is not difficult to see why both watches are so full of retro flavor!