The BR V2-92 from Bell & Ross is one of their most understated watches. It doesn’t have the bold outline of B&R’s square cases and its functionality is kept simple with just time and date complications. But for all that, it’s one of their coolest timepieces with a neo-retro vibe and vintage inspiration. For 2022, it’s received a pop of colour with two new dials in Orange and Full Lum.
BR V2-92 Full Lum
Since the BR V2-92 Full Lum is only an update to the dial, the specs of the case and movement are unchanged from the rest of the collection. That means a 41mm diameter case made from stainless steel that houses the BR-CAL.302 automatic movement. It’s a solid all-round design with 100m water resistance, which while not spectacular means it can dabble in the pool while the classy retro styling also makes it suitable for fine occasions.
What the new Full Lum edition adds is a hyper legible dial. The entire face is coated with bright superluminova including the base of the dial, the hour markers and the hands. In fact the only area that doesn’t light up in dark conditions are the black outlines that provide distinction to the piece and allow you to actually read the time. During the day the main dial area is a slight shade of blue with the hands and hour markers yellow, which transitions to an intense blue and green in the dark. It’s a cool and unique aesthetic.
In some respects Full Lum is now a fully fledged sub-collection that spans the entire Bell & Ross range, with the previous edition released only last year in the form of the BR V2-94 Full Lum Chronograph. However, as the BR V2-92 is a time and date only model, it’s slightly more accessible at £3,100. Like all Full Lum models, it’s a limited edition of 500.
BR V2-92 Orange
Let it be known that I am a sucker for an orange dial. From the Bulova Devil Diver to the new Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300 Orange and practically any watch from the brand that popularised the colour, Doxa, I’m almost universally a fan. And the Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Orange is no different.
The colour really emphasises the black bezel and outline of the indexes and hands thanks to its high contrast. It gives the piece a heightened diving aesthetic as orange is a colour widely used in around the coast for life jackets, coast guard equipment and buoys. Although there’s not too much to get excited beyond the new colourway and the fact it’s limited to 500 pieces. It’s available on a steel bracelet for £3,200 or on a black rubber strap for £2,900.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Full Lum & Orange
- Reference: BRV292-LUM-ST/SRB (full lum/green dial)
BRV292-O-ST/SRB (orange dial, rubber strap)
BRV292-O-ST/SST (orange dial, steel bracelet)
- Case/dial: 41mm diameter x 11.50mm height, stainless steel case, luminescent green or orange dial
- Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
- Movement: BR-CAL.302, automatic, 25 jewels
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 40h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
- Strap: Black rubber or polished steel bracelet
- Price/availability: £3,100 (full lum/green dial), limited edition of 500 pieces
£2,900 (orange dial, rubber strap) and £3,200 (orange dial, steel bracelet), limited edition of 500
More details at Bell & Ross.