Bell & Ross has conquered the air, land, and sea since its inception almost three decades ago, but it has always been its affinity for the skies that’s compelled it to create some of the most stunning flight instruments that ever left the cockpit.
With the spirit of aviation and adventure entwined within its DNA, the manufacturer has once again outdone itself with this year’s take on instrumental watches. The new timepiece in question — the BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic — is clearly inspired by an aircraft radar screen, only this time more visually striking and mechanically robust than ever before.
If this year’s limited edition Bell & Ross flight instrument looks familiar to you, it’s because the brand also released a Red Radar in 2011, a watch that was way ahead of its time even then with its ultra-modern design and unusual disc display system.
In keeping with the same stealthiness and functionality of its pioneering predecessor, the new one sees more distinct crosshairs on its dial, marked by two airplanes that encircle the dial to tell the time. This mesmerising dance is made possible via a system of two rotating discs; the passenger plane travels on the larger, outermost disc to show the hours, while the fighter plane travels via the smaller inner disc to reveal the minutes. As such, the passenger plane always travels slower than its supersonic military counterpart — as is the case in reality.
To achieve longevity within this system, Bell & Ross’ watchmakers had to ensure that each component be fine-tuned to the nearest micron so that friction would never alter the watch’s precision. A slim central hand dramatically sweeps across the entire dial to show the seconds. Interestingly, the hour scale is screen-printed on the inside of the red sapphire crystal instead to protect it from impacts and abrasions.
The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic will be the third to join the Radar family, in addition to being a part of the hallowed Flight Instruments collection. Instead of a stainless steel case that the BR 01-92 version sported, this Red Radar is crafted from high-tech ceramic that’s scratch-resistant and more robust, and adopts a smaller and more wearable 42mm case instead of the previous 46mm.
The 999-piece limited edition will be available for pre-order here.
This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Singapore.