The Manual Wind: Bell & Ross Goes Blue & Gold with the Aeronavale
Certain color combinations in watches are a no brainer. With the high quality materials used to produce the dials and hands, great contrast can be well executed. One of these combinations is blue and gold. There is something eye-catching about this casual combination that draws you in on sight. Whether in their square BR case with different finishes and colors, or in their latest introduction with a more classic feel, Bell & Ross is a master of contrast. Their latest example, the BR Aeronavale makes blue and gold look good once again.
At a large but not too large 43mm in diameter, this steel case is from their round BR line of timepieces. Offered in both time and date, and a chronograph complication, the color scheme looks good. A radiant blue dial is matched with gold appliqués to make the hours along the perimeter. Gold hands with superluminova for added legibility match as well. The bezel is blue and gold as well; made of blue anodized aluminum. Under the all the aesthetics lies a BR swiss automatic movement. The piece is matched with either blue alligator or blue calf with deployment buckle to complete the color scheme.
Bell and Ross’s line of watches is made up of three case designs; each a classic. Making each piece with a different personality is a great skill they have perfected over the years. They have been able to keep designs simple and classic to match their case shapes. Their latest BR Aeronavale is a great example of that. Blue and gold is one of the classic watch contrasts and it looks good on this Bell and Ross. With a price tag under $5,000, they look better than they cost.