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This Week in Watches: April 22, 2014

This Week in Watches we examine Swatches gone large, Fliegers gone small, space Luminoxes, ceramic Bell & Rosses and more.

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From Fighter Pilot to Armchair Pilot

Want This, Get This: Bell & Ross BR 03 or Christopher Ward C11

For those of us stuck in an office instead of a fighter jet cockpit, a watch inspired by aircraft instruments can be the perfect way to scratch the cool readout itch. While Bell & Ross was arguably the first brand to introduce this genre, their price tags are of the type to bloat the defense budget; we’ve found an alternative that can help you decrease your own personal deficit.

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Ringing our bell

Time on Our Hands: Bell & Ross BR 126 Sport

The BR 126 Sport ($4,500) is one of the most recent versions of Bell & Ross’s Vintage chronograph family. We put this timepiece — a study in how to do a retro sports chronograph right — on our wrist for a week.

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Skunkworks, indeed

Face Value: Bell & Ross BR 126 Blackbird

The SR-71 “Blackbird” reigns supreme as the highest and fastest-flying plane ever built. And we mean reigns: 32 of these pitch black wonders have patrolled the skies above hot spots for over 40 years. To honor this achievement in aeronautics, Bell & Ross is releasing the limited edition BR 126 Blackbird ($6,700), and it’s a worthy, interesting tribute.