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Bell & Ross's Stunning GMT Chrono Watch

French watchmakers Bell & Ross might be young—they were founded in 1992—but their respect for tradition is as clear as their fresh take on the wrist. Like John Mayer and the rest of Hodinkee, we've been fans of the BR 126 chronograph. With its two small dials and round case, we saw a new take on Speedmaster Vibes, which makes sense, because as Evald Muraj of Hodinkee rightly says, you can't make a reissue if you don't have the history. A few days ago, Bell & Ross updated their BR 126 in the Sport Heritage GMT Flyback, swapping the left chrono dial of the previous model for a GMT function, as well as adding a tachymeter.

It's all in the details. Though there's some serious vintage vibes like the patina'd dial markers, there's a modern 4-o'clock date. The thinner bezel and hands, airplane second hand, and flyback design—which lets you start, stop, and reset the chronograph with a single button—all add up to produce an impressive looking 43-millimeter piece, sized for the modern wrist. Though we don't know what's inside yet, we imagine it'll look beautiful through a clear sapphire back.


Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. His watch tan is likely to last until the summer. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.