Bell & Ross Launches WW1 Heure Sautante Range

By Paul Joseph

French luxury watch brand Bell & Ross have launched a new limited edition range called the WW1 Heure Sautante featuring a prestigious jumping hour movement

Showcased at this year’s BaselWorld watch fair in Switzerland, the new range for 2012 comes in two finishes – 18-karat Pink Gold and Platinum – limited to 50 pieces and 25 pieces respectively.

The 42mm watches incorporate one of the most highly-regarded complications in watchmaking; the Huere Sautante or “jumping hours”.

The hours are displayed in the form of numerals viewed through a large fixed aperture. Instead of the hours hand, a rotating disc underneath the dial is printed with the hour numerals. These digits jump instantly when the hour changes, seen through a window located at 12 o’clock.

Meanwhile a power reserve indicator located at the 6 o’clock is an important addition to the watch, as the mechanism that triggers the ‘jump’ requires power.

Both versions of the watch are adorned with blue steel screws, circular grained mainplate, and an oscillating weight and bridges decorated with the ‘Cotes de Geneve’ viewed through the caseback.

The Pink Gold model is priced at £17,000 whilst the Platinum version retails for £26,000.

By Paul Joseph