In 2005, Bell & Ross took a simple idea of turning a plane’s cockpit into a wristwatch. And for Baselworld 2019, they’re taking it up a notch by exploring the aeronautical navigation instruments and introduced a new version inspired by analog instrumentation of aircraft cockpits, where each instrument is a reference point for precision, legibility, reliability and performance.
The BR03-92 BI-COMPASS’s design is simple. Built on a two-tier basis, the dial divides its main center part with the outer part – where the minute track is featured – through a small “step” equipped with a minute-circle. The hour and minute graduations have been separated to promote the minutes on the main dial, while the hours are displayed in the center, making it easy to read.
An ultra-light disc is created to ensure that the power reserve nor the accuracy of the watch will not be reduced. The Munsell green hue indicates the hours and is covered in a photoluminescent coating that contrasts with the black of the dial, ensuring they can be easily read both during the day and at night, while the off-white “coquille d’oeuf” hands and numerals on the dial unveil the minutes and seconds and echoes the legibility principles of professional aeronautical instruments.
Movement: Calibre BR-CAL.302. Automatic mechanical.
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and date.
Case: 42 mm in diameter. Matt black ceramic.
Dial: Matt black. Hands, numerals and indices coated in Super-LumiNova®.
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Straps: Black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric.
Buckle: Pin. Black PVD* coated steel.
This BR03-92 Bi-Compass is retailing at RM16,000 and is limited to 999 pieces.