Pure swag, this one
It’s bold, iconic, and its back! Bell & Ross have always been passionate about aviation and military equipment, and some releases like the signature BR 01 and BR 03 collection designed after vintage cockpit clocks and special editions based on the display of actual flight instruments, have really stood out.
The Radar collection took that passion and certain quirkiness of the brand to a whole new level, starting with the BR 01 Radar, the first to boast this truly distinctive display which breaks traditional watchmaking codes by revisiting the graphics of an aircraft control radar.
The BR 03-92 Red Radar, now in ceramic and with a reduced size, is the third addition to this striking family, and is really a stand-out, thanks to its graphics reproduce the scanning motion of the light beam on a radar screen with realism. The bright red crystal topping the dial is reminiscent of the flight control instrument, while a succession of three concentric discs was indicating the hours, the minutes and the seconds.
Previously in black coated stainless steel, the 42mm Red Radar now has a ceramic case. Not only it is scratch-resistant, but ceramic is also lighter than steel and soft to the touch, making this new edition more comfortable.
The star of the show in this new Bell & Ross Red Radar Ceramic is the dial. The display is composed of two concentric discs, which are fused with the dial. The external one displays the hours and the inner one shows the minutes. They replace the traditional hours and minutes hands. To read the time, you’ll have to use the two small planes, which are screen-printed and appear to fly over the dial. Finally, a red central hand displays the seconds, like the scanning bar found on a real radar. The challenge with this display was to develop ultra-light discs to maintain the power reserve.
The sapphire crystal on the display of the BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic is red-tinted and features the hour and minute scales printed on the inner side. Under the closed caseback engraved with cool military-inspired inscriptions is a classic automatic movement, the Calibre 302, based on a Sellita SW300. As with most watches in the BR 03-92 collection, the new Red Radar Ceramic is water-resistant to 100 metres.
The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic will be limited to 999 pieces and available as of early July 2021, and will retail for $4,500.