With its rugged good looks, solid construction and sandy colour scheme, it is little wonder that the new Desert Type from Bell & Ross was designed to meet the specifications of air forces operating in warm countries on desert missions.
Creating the Desert Type, Bell & Ross used four fundamental principles: legibility, functionality, precision and water resistance, as well as ensuring it had a striking aeronautical design.
Bell & Ross opted for ceramic in a black through-coloured shade for the case of its new chronograph because ceramic can be subjected to very high temperatures, acidic conditions, corrosion and erosion without any ill effects. It is also hypoallergenic, ultra-light and quickly adapts to body temperature for ultimate comfort. Its strap, which is available in beige leather or black ultra-resistant fabric, serves as a reminder of the practical purpose of this camouflage model.
The four screws in the corners of the case evoke the aeronautical origins of the BR 01, using the front-mounting system of on board instruments featured in aircraft cockpits. These are functional and secure the bezel to the case, ensuring the watch is water-resistant to a depth of 100 M.
The shape of the hands and the typography of the numerals guarantee total ease of reading. Meanwhile, the dial’s design is inspired by military techniques of marking for maximum legibility. Formed by two overlapping inserts, the beige upper section is cut away around the numerals and indices, revealing the black photoluminescent coating covering the lower insert. This black and sand-coloured contrast provides optimal reading of the dial during the daytime, as well as equally remarkable legibility at night thanks to its photoluminescence.
BRS Desert Type
To meet the requirements of the men working in the field, the new Desert Type is available in three versions, each with its own Swiss movement. On the 42MM version, the three-hand BR 03-92 and the BR 03-94 chronograph present the large opening generally used for instrument watches. The 39MM model presents the three-hand BR S for a version suited for smaller wrists, and also for women wishing to stand out from the crowd.