Back in 2005 Bell & Ross set itself off on a quest to create the ideal utilitarian timepiece. They ended up breaking away from traditional watch codes by turning a plane’s cockpit into a wristwatch. Now for Baselworld 2019 they keep expanding on this theme with the new limited edition “Bell & Ross BR03-92 BI-Compass”.
Previous models such as the “BR 01 Radar”, “BR0 1 Altimeter” and “BR 01 Climb” among others have also proven to be successful at utilizing the elements of a cockpit, as cues or full dial designs. This concept is as original, as it is recognizable because it had been staring pilots in the face nearly since the inception of aviation, but Bell & Ross were the brand that thoughtfully put it to use.
In essence Bell & Ross is following its own brand philosophy by seeking out inspiration from analog instrumentation seen in aircraft cockpits. Taking full advantage of each instrument as a reference point in terms of: precision, legibility, reliability and performance.
Now for this latest release Bell & Ross continue to re-imagine the graphic style of these navigation tools, offering an alternative to the tradition approach of telling time. So, for the new “BR 03-92 BI-Compass” time is exhibited on a matt black dial with an emphasis on simplicity. The dial has been built on a two-tier basis that divides its center part from the outer part.
So, the center part features green Arabic numerals: 3, 6, 9, 12 and hour index markers. Plus a green triangle marker that appears on an independent concentric disc in the middle indicates the current hour; while a yellow minute-circle has been placed on a small “step” ring on the outer part, with the “Bell & Ross” logo and Arabic numerals for every 10-minute increment, topping this outer segment.
These separate discs poised technical challenges that required the best watchmaking expertise. To ensure that the accuracy of the watch was not reduced, they created an ultra-light disc that would adjust to the micron as it rotated, so the disc would be constantly parallel.
The contrasting colors on the discs, plus a luminescent filling on the central hands, Arabic numerals and the green arrow provide an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.
Typography for these numerals is “Isonorm”, which matches those found on analog aviation counters.
The 42mm case is made of matt black ceramic and shaped in the iconic Bell & Ross circle on a square with exposed screws. The solid screwed-on case back has been engraved with technical information and the unique number for each of these limited edition pieces.
It comes equipped with a setting-crown that has a riveted circumference, for an enhanced grip. The crown has also been embossed with the ampersand (&) logo for “Bell & Ross”.
All topped by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, which also assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Bell & Ross BR03-92 BI-Compass
This “Bell & Ross BR03-92 BI-Compass” (Ref#: BR0392-IDC-CE/SRB) is powered by a self-winding mechanical, caliber BR-CAL.302 with 25 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Mounted to the watch is a black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric strap, while secured to the wrist by a black PVD coated steel pin buckle. This is a limited edition with only 999 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Bell & Ross website here.
MSRP: $3,900.00 USD
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