The BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze is available in a limited edition of 999 pieces and comes in the standard midsize 41 mm diameter case of the Vintage series.
The case is made of CuAl7Si2 bronze (91% copper, 7% aluminum and 2% silicon) which the company states is stabilized (meaning the alloy is formulated not to oxidize), yet the press release also states it will change over time “as if by magic!”
Editor’s note: This stabilized bronze does gain patina over time, but because it is stabilized it takes much longer for the patina process to occur.
Most bronze does oxidize (gain patina) as it gains age and exposure to the elements. The Tudor Black Bay Bronze, however, utilizes a specially designed bronze alloy that does not oxidize. The dial of the Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date does not oxidize either, although its case does.
The curved deep naval blue sunray finish dial features satin-polished and gilded skeleton hour, minute, and second hands along with applied Arabic numerals and indices in the same finish. The hour markers and hour and minute hands have a luminescent treatment applied. An anodized aluminum bezel insert is in the same blue as the dial and the 60-minute bezel is fixed in place.
The crown screws-down as do the chronograph push-buttons. The caseback is clear and screwed-in. Water-resistance is rated to 100 meters. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal.
To finish off the unique look, Bell & Ross fitted the BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze with a special so-called “Nato stretch” strap made of navy blue stretchy canvas. There’s also a navy blue calfskin strap option. (Ref. BRV294-BLU-BR/SF)
Retail is $5,200. You can pre-order now for a May 2020 delivery.