Bell & Ross became the official watch partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team earlier this year at the Grand Prix in Shanghai. This weekend Bell & Ross celebrated the partnership at the US Formula 1 in Austin, Texas.
The celebration kicked off with an elegant soirée on Friday evening at the charming Hotel Ella. The event was well attended by watch enthusiasts as well as Formula 1 fans. The star of the event was BR-X1 RS16 limited edition watch, courtesy of Austin based Bell & Ross authorized agent, L Majors. Mike Majors, fifth generational owner of L Majors, is a passionate watch collector himself and an avid reader of online blogs. He wisely stated, “There is always so much to learn and appreciate (about watches).”
Austin is famous for its eclectic culture and food, and the soirée embraced the spirit of city’s culture. Guests were treated to baked cheddar gougères, Texan tacos and sliders, delicious macaroons, and freshly rolled cigars for engaging conversation outdoors.
Saturday was the Formula 1 qualifiers at the Circuits of the Americas (COTA) track. We managed to borrow Renault driver, Kevin Magnussen’s BR-X1 RS16 as he practiced prior to the qualifiers.
The BR-X1 RS16 is a striking watch with the forged carbon, titanium, and ceramic case. Even at 45mm, it wears light and comfortable. The yellow chronograph pushers are made of rubber. Chronograph and date functions on the dials are easy to read even with a skeletonized dial. The caseback has Kevin’s name, and his number 20, etched on the case. This watch is limited to 250 editions.
Kevin placed 18th in first qualifier, where as his teammate, Jolyon Palmer placed 15th in the second qualifier. The top two pole positions were taken by Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg respectively.
Sunday’s title race was exciting in which Lewis Hamilton beat his teammate Nico Rosberg by 4.5 seconds to win the Austin Formula 1. Kevin Magnussen placed 11th and Jolyon Palmer placed 13th.
Photography credit: Scott Sitkiewitz