Bell & Ross BR 01 & BR 03 B-ROCKET

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B-ROCKET: THE DYNAMIC DUO THAT IS BUCKING THE TREND

Inspired by aeronautical design, watchmaker Bell & Ross has once again commissioned Shaw Harley-Davidson to design a concept bike with a sleek and powerful look evoking the extreme modernity of the 1960s and the very first American jet aircraft. More than a motorcycle, a legend. More than a legendary engine, a dream airplane-motorcycle.

REVIVAL OF THE HEYDAY OF AERONAUTICS: A MOTORCYCLE REMINISCENT OF THE FUTURE
A passion for pioneering aeronautics, a quest for aerodynamic lines, a fascination with cockpit instrumentation… Since its cre- ation, Bell & Ross has constantly strived to perfect the look of tools dedicated to aviation and featuring amazing functional mechanics. In 2011, the watchmaker successfully switched from the air to the ground by designing an exclusive motorcycle in collaboration with the British team at Shaw Harley Davidson Speed & Custom – the Nascafe Racer. At the time, this prestigious looking motorcycle travelled the world winning a series of prizes in London, Dublin (Ireland) and Stur- gis (United States), before being named the planet’s «most famous custom motorcycle». In 2014, leading aeronautical watchmaker Bell & Ross went even further, presenting a totally exclusive motor- cycle, again constructed with the engineers at Shaw Harley Davidson, who share the brand’s values of innovation, performance and pre- cision. A unique motorcycle, inspired by the iconic world of the first jet planes secretly designed in the United States in the 1960s and evoking this heyday in aeronautics when anything seemed possible.

The B-Rocket is a concept bike with a neo-retro look with lines encapsulating the essential principles of aeronautical design. An airplane-motorcycle with a unique style whose extremely aerody- namic lines evoke the experimental aviation of the 1960s, Nevada’s speed bikes and the records they set on the salt lake at Bonneville, the genius of Utah’s pioneering engineers in white coats, as well as the bravery of the test riders. The B-Rocket is all that and much more: an airplane-motorcycle which cuts through the air with its striking conical jet nose, its cabin, its fin and its propulsion turbines. This exceptional motorcycle – a unique model epitomizing the union between performance and precision, design and power – could have been ridden by a classic super- hero, a NASA test pilot or a young gun thirsty for glory. Above all, it represents a watchmaking firm that believes in the authenticity of its designs and functions and most importantly aims to perfect the modernity of the past.

AERODYNAMICS AND PERFORMANCE INSPIRED DIRECTLY  BY THE HISTORY OF 1960S EXPERIMENTAL AVIATION AND SPEED BIKES
Everything – absolutely everything – in the B-Rocket was designed to promote a sense of adventure. Bell & Ross and Shaw Harley Davidson worked side by side for over a year on the design of the B-Rocket: a dream airplane-motorcycle designed to break records. Does it drive? Does it fly? The answer lies in its uncompromising aerodynamics, every detail of which has been designed to evoke the world of aviation.

For optimum aerodynamics, Shaw Harley Davidson’s engineers and Bell & Ross’s designers chose a low driving position, ensuring that the motorcycle and rider are as one. At each stage in its design, this amalgamation of man and machine was created in the image of a rocket.

For the rider’s comfort, strips of padded leather are placed on the center of the fuel tank and turbines where the knees rest. A conical nose resembling that of a jet plane is attached at the front to improve air intake. A matte black strip crosses the glossy paintwork for an anti-reflective effect and a glass windscreen enables the rider to see his route. Meanwhile, two adjustable fins on either side of the fork, designed to resemble small wings, can be used to increase or reduce contact with the ground.

The generously curved rear section required many hours of crafts- manship. Inspired by an aircraft cabin, this hand-worked aerody- namic area was manufactured using more than 30 different sections of steel. Reflecting an advanced study of functionalist design, this is probably where the Bell & Ross concept bike most effectively incor- porates the codes of 1960s experimental aeronautics – an impres- sion reinforced by the stabilizing lines of its tail fin.

The almost invisible Plexiglas sections around the rear wheel reveal the pinion, chain and brake caliper. Finally, the wheel rims add an ultra-aerodynamic touch to the B-Rocket, while the solid, fixed aluminum wheel covers conceal the 10-inch brake disks. These are cooled via impressive brass grills which allow hot air to escape and reinforce the overall impression of «floating» and controlled speed. The stylistic and technical originality of the B-Rocket can also be seen in its two impressive side-mounted turbines, instantly evoc- ative of two jet engines that help to rapidly dis- charge air to achieve higher speeds. Two new types of filters have been incorporated into these turbines: the first, on the right, for the intake of air; the second, on the left, to cool the oil. These two «jet engines» are united by a hand-crafted stain- less steel grille protecting the hydraulic tanks during activation of the clutch and the brakes. The symmetry of these two high-performance engines strengthens the symbolic appeal of this unique airplane-motorcycle, whose exceptional power-weight ratio is unrivalled.

Finally, a tachometer designed by Bell & Ross has been incorpo- rated into the front fairing to allow the rider to remain attuned to his machine’s heartbeat. Here again, esthetics merge with functionality; the canopy and the tachome- ter combine extreme legibility with the rapid display of information regarding speed.

THE BR 01 AND BR 03 B-ROCKET, WHEN SPEED IS TAKEN OVER BY TIME
In the wake of the B-Rocket, Bell & Ross is launching two watches which perform complementary functions and are complementary in size. A direct offshoot of the B-Rocket, the BR 01 B-Rocket is the ultimate watch for drivers. Just like the high-speed motorcycle it is designed to go with, this instrument is impressive; its case measures 46 mm in diameter. However, it is above all the quality of the chronograph that sets the BR 01 apart. The ultimate in terms of timing your speed, it has a large minutes counter, with a tachymetric scale on the outer edge of the dial, which as a matter of priority measures short periods of time and so allows your performance to instantly be displayed. It also has three additional counters which provide further informa- tion: a 60-second, 30-minute and 12-hour counter. From a functional point of view, the chronograph is automatically triggered by the highway push-piece. And in a flash, the small seconds counter, at three o’clock, replicates the graphic display used in experimental vehicle testing. In the more elaborate BR 03 B-Rocket version of the watch, the 42 mm satin-brushed steel case is fitted with two complications. The hours, minutes and seconds display also features a large date window and a power-reserve indicator. As regards the sub-dial, there are cut-outs in the dial revealing the discs operating the large date window, highlighting just how sophis- ticated the mechanism is.

The circular power-reserve counter at 6 o’clock is reminiscent of the fuel gage seen on racing motorcycles or cars. With their sophisticated finishes, the BR 01 and BR 03 B-Rocket can communicate, making dimmed headlights within easy reach. In terms of colors and materials, nothing has been overlooked in the detail of the finish of these models: red, black, steel and padded leather are there to prove it. Their satin-brushed steel cases, worthy of the most superb fuselage, are powered by a self-winding Swiss mechanical movement. The azure counters with their guilloché finish are the mark of a qual- ity finish. Each model is finished using techniques in keeping with the finest watch-making traditions. The matte black dial, the graphic display of which is reminiscent of a motorcycle tachometer or a road vehicle or airplane instrumentation panel, emphasizes the color contrast. To accentuate the emphasis on readability, the skeletonized hours and minutes hands are also coated with a photo-luminescent material. To stress their association with the world of driving, a red trian- gle marks 12 o’clock echoing the triangle visible on the B-Rocket’s tachometer and turbines. Finally, both watches are fitted with a padded leather strap, lined and edged in red, modeled on the seat of the B-Rocket. Naturally, to meet the requirements of Bell & Ross in terms of reliabil- ity, resistance and readability, both the BR 01 and BR 03 B-Rocket are water resistant to a depth of 100 meters and fitted with anti-glare treated sapphire crystal.

INNOVATION IS THE ONE THING THAT DRIVES BELL & ROSS
It would not be pretentious to claim that creating a link between its neo-retro B-Rocket motorcycle and its classically elegant BR 01 and BR 03 B-Rocket watches was no mean feat for Bell & Ross. In both instances, the brand has complied with a rule it holds dear: uncompromising design, strict criteria in terms of the materials and resis- tance of the components, sophisticated engineering, pure aesthetic quality, accurate information and lastly the non-negotiable requirement for high-performance, even under what may be considered extreme conditions. With this totally new motorcycle-instrument concept, the brand has written an incredible ode to mastering speed and delivering mechanical power.

Unique and fascinating, the B-Rocket is inspired by the speed bikes and experimental aviation of the 1960s. This concept bike was designed to awaken dreams, to arouse the passion of fans of fabulous machines and to travel through time. It comes from the past but heralds the future, assuring Bell & Ross’s place in the history of mechanical ingenuity.

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Movement:

  • mechanical automatic

Functions:

  • hours, minutes and small seconds
  • Date
  • Tachymeter scale
  • Chronograph: Three-counter (60 seconds,  30 minutes and 12 hours accumulators)

Case:

  • diameter 46 mm
  • Satin-polished steel
  • The red push-button is made from steel with a polycarbonate-ABS protective cover

Dial:

  • matte black
  • Skeletonised metallic hours and minutes hands filled with superluminova

Crystal:

  • antireflective sapphire

Water-resistance:

  • 100 m

Strap:

  • padded black leather, edged in red and black heavy-duty canvas

Buckle:

  • pin buckle
  • Satin-polished steel

Movement:

  • mechanical automatic

Functions:

  • hours, minutes and seconds
  • big date at 12 o’clock
  • Power reserve indicator

Case:

  • diameter 42 mm
  • Satin-polished steel

Dial:

  • matte black
  • Skeletonised metallic hours and minutes hands filled with superluminova

Crystal:

  • antireflective sapphire

Water-resistance:

  • 100 m

Strap:

  • added black leather, edged in red and black heavy-duty canvas

Buckle:

  • pin buckle
  • Satin-polished steel
  • Base : Moto Harley-Davidson Softail Blackline FXS
  • Harley-Davidson V Twin 1,584 cm3 96 po3 engine
  • Top speed: 200 km/h
  • 350 kg
  • H: 44 inches. W: 31 inches. L: 108 inches
  • 21 inch wheel rims, Avon Speedmaster tires and Mooneyes wheel covers
  • Harley-Davidson 6-speed gearbox
  • Paughco forks
  • Modified Harley-Davidson rocker arm
  • Shaw Speed & Custom exhaust system Alf Hagon fairing
  • Shaw Speed & Custom seat, handlebars and rear bodywork
  • Master cylinders, Levers Aftermarket Image Design Custom custom-made paint
  • Modified Harley-Davidson oil tank
  • Performance Machine front/ rear brake caliper
  • Modified Harley-Davidson controls

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