Bell & Ross presents BR 03-93 GMT, a new addition to its traveller’s timepieces.
In 2007, Bell & Ross launched its 1st GMT Instrument, the BR 03‑51 GMT TITANIUM. Two complications at the service of the long-haul traveler: a second time zone and a large date for optimum readability. The use of high-tech materials like brushed titanium for the case and carbon fiber for the dial optimizes the watch performances. A carbon version was released later in 2013.
This complication has subsequently been chosen to equip the Vintage series. Following on from the BR V2-93 GMT 24H launched in 2018, Bell & Ross has completed its range of watches targeted at modern frequent travelers – both professionals and civilians – in search of a chic and functional timepiece.
The Bell and Ross BR V2-93 GMT Blue – launched in 2020 and picked by Air France pilots – adorns a galvanic blue sunray dial as a nod to the world of air travel and long transatlantic trips, while the second-hand counterweight is subtly styled in the shape of an aircraft.
True to its iconic square flagship model, the new BR 03-93 GMT replaces the existing version. Redesigned, more modern, more functional, more readable. This “tool watch” goes back to basics in terms of design and shape which were influenced by two keywords: functionality and legibility.
Its black sunray dial contrasts with its large white photo-luminescent numerals and indexes. This color scheme is ingrained in Bell & Ross’ DNA. It echoes the colors used for on-board flight instruments. Cockpits are in fact dominated by black, which prevents reflections, and white, which guarantees optimal reading.
This new updated version differs in many ways from its predecessor. The new BR 03-93 GMT timepiece provides the time in three different locations around the world.
The GMT hand now stands out with its large red triangle which is perfectly visible both day and night. Spinning around the dial in 24 hours, this fourth hand displays a second time zone (or the local time on a 24-hour scale). For the first time, the iconic square shape is completed with a bi-directional bezel.
The BR 03 case was specifically modified to welcome this new functional bezel. It enables the reading of the second time zone, but it can also show a third time zone. Rotating it clockwise subtracts hours and anti-clockwise adds hours.
The bezel – which borrows the same color combination as the dial – is equipped with a 24-hour scale graduation. Bell & Ross has opted for Black & Red-hot hues. Red is known for its frank, clear and dynamic properties. While the red section indicates daytime, the black backgrounds nighttime. Thus, the two-tone bezel provides a visual contrast / effect for discerning time reading and is made of anodized aluminum.
Model: Bell and Ross BR 03-93 GMT
Hours, minutes, central seconds, second 24-hour time zone and date
Quick setting of the GMT hand, independently of the hour hand
42 mm in width
Satin-finished and polished steel
Bidirectional rotating bezel with 24-hour scale and black and red two-colour anodised aluminium ring
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres
Black dial with Indices coated in Super-LumiNova®
Metal skeletonised Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands and 24-hour hand
Black calfskin leather and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric
Buckle: Pin buckle in satin-finished and polished steel