Watches Wednesday: FIRST LOOK at Bell & Ross BR03-92 BI-Compass For Baselworld 2019
13 March 2019

Watches Wednesday: FIRST LOOK at Bell & Ross BR03-92 BI-Compass For Baselworld 2019

At this year’s Baselworld watches and jewellery trade show, Bell & Ross will be unveiling the new BR 03-92 BI-COMPASSa new version of a timepiece inspired by analog instruments in aircraft cockpits.

Bell & Ross Cockpit Navigation Tools

While to some, this latest Bell & Ross timepiece might look slightly too utilitarian, without all the bells and whistles that we are used to seeing, the reason behind its fuss-free design, is because the brand is trying to keep as closely as possible, to the look and feel of aviation navigation tools. The result is an all black ceramic casing and dial, except for the separation of the hours and minutes on the dial, both marked out in different luminescent colours, making it easier for the wearer to tell the time. Its blue-green hue is characteristic of the brand’s Superluminova ® coating, while the off-white hands and numerals reflects the colour scheme commonly used on US Navy aircraft instruments. The typography for the numerals is also identical to those on analog aviation counters, known as the Isonorm.

Bell & Ross BR03-92 BI-COMPASS Dial Closeup

If you still think it looks “basic” don’t let its appearance fool you. Built on a two-tier basis, the minute track is on the outer part, while the hours appear at the centre of the dial, with a green triangle marker right at the centre on an ultra-light concentric disc, denoting the hour. The disc is a technical challenge in itself, because the manufacture had to ensure that it wasn’t too heavy so that the watch’s power reserve nor the accuracy, are compromised. Yet, it could also not be too lightweight, as a certain level of resistance was required, else it may result in friction and deformities.

Bell & Ross BR03-92 BI-COMPASS Limited Edition

Powered by the automatic mechanical Calibre BR-CAL.302, the 42mm BR 03-92 BI-COMPASS is a sturdy timepiece that comes with a matching rubber strap, limited to 999 pieces globallyIf the watch has piqued your interest, it retails for MYR 16,000, which is certainly a fair price for a Limited Edition novelty.


Images courtesy of Bell & Ross