Bell & Ross works regularly with professional elite units such as GIGN (Special Operations Unit of the French National Gendarmerie) and RAID (Search, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence Unit of the French National Police Force), whose missions often depend on the strictest timing.
The Phantom concept, launched in 2007, and the Commando collection of 2009, fit perfectly into the professional military milieu. The launch of these watches, which are inspired by aeronautical instrumentation, heralded a foray into new territory. These avant-garde timepieces were among the first to use a camouflage coating in a horological setting.
The new BR03-92 Black Camo (short for camouflage) represents another link in the Bell & Ross camouflage watch series and completes the Bell & Ross camouflage family.
The Phantom concept, one of Bell & Ross’ iconic collections, is now celebrating its tenth anniversary. It made a huge impact when launched in 2007, and it was one of the first to use the full black military coating. It features an antireflective matte black coating reminiscent of the surface of a stealth plane. Its numerals, indices and hands are covered with a photo luminescent coating to guarantee legibility even at night time.
The Commando collection appeared in 2009, two years after the Phantom. It is part of the same lineage of avant-garde camouflage instrument watches and features a military-inspired bicolor coating. Its cases, numerals and indices are covered in deep matte black, and its dial in matte grey. This collection is aimed at the elite units, the famous military commandos, and the response teams who operate covertly. Their equipment must be as efficient as undetectable.
The new BR 03-92 Black Camo is the latest addition to the successful series of Bell & Ross camouflage watches. For this model, the brand has developed an original military-type tricolor coating.
Its dial is covered with a patchwork of matte greys, its case and strap in matte black. This high-tech timepiece is practically undetectable, especially at night. Its matte-treated colors also avoid the risk of undesirable reflections. This means it can be worn during tailing missions or operations in hostile territory with no risk of detection.
The BR 03-92 Black Camo retains all the amazing technical features: its display is perfectly legible both day and night thanks to the photo luminescent coating on its hands, indices and numerals. Elite units must be able to read the time easily and accurately during missions.
The BR 03-92 Black Camo is driven by a highly accurate Swiss self-winding mechanical movement. It features a date function in a window between 4 and 5 o’clock. The beautiful and simple time display is based on the brand’s visual signature: large numerals accompanied by baton indices for perfect legibility.
The design of the hands is also very distinctive: slender for the minutes and broader for the hours, to avoid any risk of confusion. The four large numerals (3, 6, 9, 12), impressive in both design and size, are also a Bell & Ross classic.
The case of the BR 03-92 Black Camo uses mass-colored ceramic. Wear-resistant and unalterable, this material is second to diamond in terms of hardness. Almost scratch-resistant, ceramic is tougher and lighter than steel.
It guarantees remarkable durability, which is indispensable in an instrument used in dangerous military operations. And finally, it is hypoallergenic and heats only slightly, making it very comfortable to wear even in hot weather.
The sandwich type dial is made up of two superposed inserts. The lower one has a black Superluminova® coating bearing the numerals and indices. The upper one carries the camouflage pattern. The die cutting for the numerals and indices reveals the black Superluminova®. This system guarantees impeccable legibility, both day and night.
Model: Bell and Ross BR 03-92 BLACK CAMO
Calibre BR-CAL.302 Self-winding mechanical
Hours, minutes, seconds and date
42 mm in diameter
Matte black ceramic
Crystal: sapphire with antireflective coating.
Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Two overlapping inserts
Upper insert with black and grey camouflage pattern, cut away around the numerals and indices, revealing the black Superluminova® covering the lower insert
Hands covered with black Superluminova®
Black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric
Buckle: pin. Black PVD coated steel