ell & Ross started creating watches inspired by aeronautical and military instruments in 1994. The brand has become an essential reference in the field of professional aviation watches sinces. Its models draw their inspiration from the design of on-board instruments.
The BR 03-92 Radiocompass, which takes its name from a radionavigation tool, the Radio Compass, is distinguished by its original coloured hands that guarantee optimal readability. Both modern and fun, this new watch joins the Flight Instruments collection from Bell & Ross. This family, created in 2010, incorporates air navigation tools into horological pieces.
In 2022, the house pays homage to air radionavigation instruments - advanced tools that use radio waves to guide jets - by launching the BR 03-92 Radiocompass. This highly technical watch takes the name of the Radio Compass, an on-board radio receiver which defines the position and direction of an aircraft via beacons on the ground. This indispensable navigation tool guides pilots regardless of the visibility. It allows particularly to fly at night, in the fog or in the rain.
Some key models:
- BR 01 Radar from 2010 is the first watch of this line. It made a lasting impression. This watchmaking UFO inaugurates an innovative rotating disc display.
- BR 01 Red Radar from 2011 creates a shock. Its avant-garde dial reproduces the sweeping light beam of an air traffic control radar. It was an instant success.
- The 2012 box set brings together the first 6 timepieces in this series. They revisit the 6 main navigation instruments. This box set gives the illusion of a jet’s dashboard.
- The HUD (Head Up Display) from 2020 is inspired by head-up display technology. Its innovative display combines rotating discs and analogue hands.
The unique dial of the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Radiocompass, reproduces the display of the eponymous tool. It reinterprets its hands and its graduations which allow optimal readability under all circumstances. For the display of the BR 03-92 Radiocompass, the Bell & Ross development teams have faithfully reproduced the graphics of the instrument that served as an inspiration.
The matt black dial contrasts with the white graduations arranged in 3 circles. The innermost circle features the hour numerals. The minute indexes follow, and finally the seconds numerals are on the flange. A white triangle at 12 o’clock in Super-LumiNova® enables you to find your bearings at night. Little novelty, all the numerals are arranged in a targeted way. Usually, they are placed, but in this timepiece, they are turned towards the centre of the dial as on a navigation instrument.
The numerals adopt isonorm typography, with very legible graphics. This technical and functional typeface is used in the industry. Finally, the dial also houses a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Much of the great originality of the BR 03-92 Radiocompass comes from its very unusual hands, which take up the particular shape of the hands on the Radio Compass, the reference instrument. They also adopt 3 complementary colours. These pop, almost fluorescent shades contrast with the matt black of the dial. They allow easy and immediate reading of the time. They also give a fun appearance to this watch.
With its shape and colour, each hand is associated with a time indication:
- The largest one indicates the hours. Painted in orange, it is made up of two branches and features a stylish H.
- The very long baton hand, adorned with a stylish M, gives the minutes. Painted yellow, it protrudes on both sides.
- The thinnest hand, painted green, displays the seconds.
Certain indications on the dial are coated with Superluminova®. At night, the luminescent indexes take on blue tones, the minutes stand out in green, and the hour hand first turns yellow and then ends its luminescence in green.
The BR 03-92 Radiocompass is in keeping with the spirit of Bell & Ross. Technical, it will seduce aeronautics’ enthusiasts who will appreciate the idea of wearing a watch reminiscent of an aeronautical instrument.
Avant-garde and fun, it will also appeal to design lovers. It naturally adopts the brand’s unique square case. Its graphic dial and coloured hands also give it an assertive Pop character.
The BR 03-92 Radiopcompass is produced in a limited edition of 999 pieces.
- Movement: BR-CAL.302. Automatic mechanical. Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
- Functions: hours, minutes, seconds and date. Water-resistance: 100 metres.
- Case: 42 mm wide. 10.40 mm thick. Matt black ceramic. Strap: black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric.
- Dial: black. Indices coated in Super-LumiNova®. Metal skeletonised Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands. Black flange with triangular applique marker at 12 o’clock filled with Super-LumiNova®.
- Buckle: pin. Steel with black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish.