Bell & Ross AeroGT

For the First Time, a Watchmaker Makes a Car… and It’s a Legit Concept Car. Meet the AeroGT and BR 03-92 and BR 03-94 Watches that Go with It.

AeroGT. Good name for a concept car but not a name you’d expect from a watchmaker. Actually, there’s nothing about watchmaker Bell & Ross’ AeroGT concept car that’s expected. Just let that sink in for a second… the concept car was created by Bell & Ross. Bell & Ross makes watches. Not cars.

Bell & Ross AeroGT Aero GT 1

Bell & Ross AeroGT Concept Car

So, the fact that the AeroGT (which was unveiled at this year’s Baselworld) is better looking than the Bugatti Chiron and the Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 and pretty much any other supercar and hypercar unveiled this year is even more staggering. It’s not like the car is a Ferrari or McLaren that was co-branded with Bell & Ross. It’s a Bell & Ross car.

 

Oddly enough, Bell & Ross is no stranger to building absolutely beautiful motor vehicles. In 2014, they built the fully functional B-Rocket motorcycle, partnering with UK’s Shaw Harley-Davidson Speed & Custom. The B-Rocket bike was built in tandem with the Bell & Ross BR 03-90 B-Rocket watch ($5,800.00), which was limited to 500 pieces.

Bell & Ross BR 03-90 B-Rocket Watch and Motorcycle

Bell & Ross BR 03-90 B-Rocket Watch and Motorcycle

Like the B-Rocket, the AeroGT was created to market Bell & Ross limited edition watches… this time, a pair of them: the BR 03-92 AeroGT and BR 03-94 AeroGT chronograph. Both are designed to be reminiscent of the automotive and aeronautic industries that inspired the concept car.

 

The BR 03-92 AeroGT has Bell & Ross’ trademark 42 mm stainless steel case, which houses an automatic calibre BR-CAL.318 time-only movement under a fully open-worked dial.

Bell & Ross Aero GT watch

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 AeroGT

The BR 03-94 get the same case and open-worked dial. But, it’s powered by Bell & Ross calibre BR-CAL.319 automatic three-register chronograph, large date and tachymetric scale on the flange.

Bell & Ross BR 03-93 AeroGT Aero GT

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 AeroGT Chronograph

Black perforated leather straps with red accents and stitching and red-banded crowns & pushers add even more of a car feel to the watches. Both are limited to 500 pieces.

 

Unlike the B-Rocket, the AeroGT isn’t fully functional. It’s just a rolling chassis. Although, Bell & Ross was kind enough to include the theoretical AeroGT specs and performance figures. Surprisingly enough, they’re actually plausible.

Bell & Ross AeroGT Concept Car_4 Aero GT

In the theoretical world of Bell & Ross creative director Bruno Belamich where his concept car rules the road, the concept car is powered by a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 putting 602 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

 

Mating that drive-line to the AeroGT’s 2,955-pound carbon fiber and aluminum body would yield a more-than-respectable 2.9 second 0-62 mph sprint (0-60 of about 2.7 s) and hypothetical top speed of 196 mph. Standing kilometer run should clock in at 19.8 seconds. 16-inch front and 15-inch rear six-piston carbon ceramic brakes handle the stopping. 245/35 ZR front and 305/30 ZR tires over 20-inch jet impeller-inspired wheels keep the whole thing on the ground.

Bell & Ross AeroGT Concept Car Rear Aero GT

Like I said, it’s a pretty realistic setup. What isn’t theoretical is the concept car’s design. Bell & Ross Sales Director, Fabien de Nonancourt, does a pretty good job of explaining the design of the car in the video below. So, I’ll just hit the highlights.

 

The whole of the AeroGT is inspired by planes. Bell & Ross themselves refer to it as half aeroplane concept car. Tiny, razor-thin wing mirrors hearken back to a plane’s carnard wings. The vertical stabilizer fin on the rear of the car is a tail wing. The huge exhausts are a jet’s exhaust nozzles. And, the whole of the greenhouse looks like a cockpit canopy. The AeroGT is all very plane-y. You’d expect it to be cheesy. But, it’s not. It’s quite well done, actually.

Bell & Ross AeroGT Concept Car Front Nose

The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 AeroGT and BR 03-94 AeroGT watches are quite real. But, very sadly, there’s no plans to make the Bell & Ross AeroGT car a drivable reality. Who knows, maybe some car and Bell & Ross collecting billionaire will make it happen. One can only hope. Until then you (and I) will have to be happy with the videos and tech specs below. You can also see more on the Bell & Ross website, here.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 AeroGT Technical Specifications:

  • Movement: calibre BR-CAL.318. Automatic mechanical.
  • Functions: hours, minutes and seconds.
  • Case: 42 mm in diameter. Satin-polished steel.
  • Dial: skeleton. Metal appliqué indices. Metal skeleton Superluminova-filled hours and minutes hands.
  • Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
  • Water resistance: 100 m.
  • Strap: black calfskin stitched with red piping and ultra-resistant black synthetic fabric.
  • Buckle: pin. Satin-polished steel.
  • Limited to 500 pieces.
BR 03-92 AeroGT Watch Aero GT

BR 03-92 AeroGT Watch

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 AeroGT Technical Specifications:

  • Movement: calibre BR-CAL.319. Automatic mechanical.
  • Functions:
    • Hours, Minutes and Small Seconds at 12 o’clock.
    • Large date.
    • Chronograph: 12-hour timer at 6 o’clock, 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds.
    • Tachymeter scale on the flange.
  • Case: 42 mm in diameter. Satin-polished steel.
  • Dial: skeleton. Metal appliqué indices. Metal skeleton
  • Superluminova-filled hours and minutes hands.
  • Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
  • Water resistance: 100 m.
  • Strap: black calfskin stitched with red piping and ultra-resistant black synthetic fabric.
  • Buckle: pin. Satin-polished steel.
  • Limited to 500 pieces.
BR 03-94 AeroGT Aero GT

BR 03-94 AeroGT

Bell & Ross AeroGT Concept Car Technical and Hypothetical Specs:

  • Engine: 4.2-liter Twin-Turbocharged V8 (Theoretical)
  • Horsepower: 602 hp (Theoretical)
  • Transmission: 8-speed Automatic (Theoretical)
  • 0-60 mph: 2.7 seconds (Theoretical)
  • 0-62 mph: 2.9 seconds (Theoretical)
  • 1,000 km Sprint: 19.8 seconds (Theoretical)
  • Top Speed: 196 mph (Theoretical)
  • Dry Weight: 2,955 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    • 4,696 mm long
    • 2,072 mm wide
    • 1,090 mm tall
    • 2,884 wheelbase
  • Brakes:
    • 16-inch front, six piston carbon ceramic
    • 15-inch rear, six-piston carbon ceramic
  • Tires & Wheels:
    • Front: 245/35 ZR 20
    • Rear: 305/30 ZR 20

Bell & Ross AeroGT Side view Aero GT

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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