Pocket watches may be making a bit of a comeback these days, but in today’s fast-paced world, a wristwatch is much more accessible. Luckily, the Bell & Ross WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir Heritage combines the best of both worlds to capture the allure of the pocket watch with the functions of a wrist watch.
The best parts of the watch? The design is incredibly clean, which is its own aesthetic attraction. The open black dial face with easy-to-read cream and white indices is a dream. The chronograph dials are equally legible and well-placed. The watch is also available in a cream dial with black indices.
Based off the popular watches of WWI, just about the time that timepieces were making the switch between wristwatches and pocket watches, the clean, large design translates well into the modern day.
Building off the design ideals of the 1920s and some of the earliest pilots, the Chronographe Monopoussoir WWI (in this case, the initials stand for Wrist Watch 1), Bell & Ross work to incorporate the best parts of watch history with a few modern modifications.
A single winding chronograph, the single button on the side of the watch controls all of its functions with a few simple commands including 60-second and 30-minute totalizers.
The wristband on the Chronographe Monopoussoir Heritage line is unique as well. Choose between distressed leather or calfskin with contrast stitching. Both versions incorporate comfort and style into the watch, lending it an old world feel.
The large watch design is made to resemble the key fob of pocket watches, not only mirroring them in the font and size, but in its construction as well. Adding to the feeling of eras past is the domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal dial window. The sapphire is incredibly durable, adding to the longevity of the piece.
Waterproof up to 100m, or 330ft, and encased in stainless steel, this watch is as sturdy as an airship. Indeed, the WW1 timepieces are more inspired by the early pilots who pushed the trend of wristwatches into the public eye than by the war.
Time moves at such a fast pace these days, but it’s good to know that some ideals will remain untouched by the passing of the years. The clean good looks of the Bell & Ross WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir Heritage combined with its sturdy reliability and wearability stand as a testament to the times gone by.