Swiss luxury watch brand Bell & Ross expands its Flight Instruments collection by unveiling BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic, an avant-garde timepiece inspired by aircraft radar screens. Featuring an innovative display, this unusual wristwatch is available in a limited edition of 999 pieces.
The Bell& Ross BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic is the descendent of the quirky yet innovative BR-01 Red Radar watch introduced in 2011. Launched this year, this new watch in ceramic breaks the traditional watchmaking codes by revisiting the graphics of aircraft control radar. The time can be read via a system of rotating discs, combined with an analogue hand. The dial is topped with a red sapphire crystal.
Its 42 mm diameter case is made of ceramic. This high-tech material is scratch-resistant, yet soft to the touch. The Red Radar Ceramic revisits the innovative display of the Red Radar, with a more realistic, playful look.
The system comprises two concentric discs which fuse with the dial. Its playful design is reminiscent of a stylised toy. These elements replace the hour and minute hands. In a major new feature, the discs move two tiny screen-printed planes, giving the impression that these are flying over the dial.
The hour scale is screen-printed on the inside (back) of the sapphire crystal, and so is well protected from impacts and abrasions. For this innovative display, two ultra-light discs had to be designed to preserve the power reserve. These very robust discs will not deform and they maintain a constant parallelism.
The two rotating discs on this ground-breaking display take the place of the conventional hands.
The two stylised planes replace the traditional arrows:
– The passenger plane travels on the large, outermost disc, showing the hours.
– The fighter plane flies on the smaller-diameter disc, nearer the centre of the dial, showing the minutes.
– A slim, analogue central hand accompanies these two planes, showing the seconds.
The passenger plane travels more slowly than the fighter plane, as it does in reality. The former completes one lap of the dial in 12 hours, the latter in sixty minutes.
Ultimately, there are two levels on the display:
– Lower level: the discs, the planes.
– Upper level: the hour scale printed on the inside of the sapphire crystal.
About Bell & Ross Flight Instruments Collection
Bell & Ross is a leading brand in the world of professional watches for use in aviation. Introduced in 2005, the Bell & Ross Flight Instruments range includes around a dozen exclusive timepieces. Each revisits the graphics of aircraft navigation instruments, transposing these to the watch, thereby offering a new way to read the time. These are timepieces and not actual radars or altimeters.
It all started back in 2005, with the launch of the iconic BR 01, which was reminiscent of a jet cockpit clock. This legendary timepiece was the first to feature the famous Bell & Ross case: a circle within a square.
This range also includes the Radar collection. The first in this line – the BR 01 Radar – made its appearance in 2010. It was the first to feature an innovative display with rotating discs. In 2011, the Red Radar was added to this range. Its dial was topped with a mysterious red sapphire crystal. This year, the BR 03-92 Red Radar ceramic joined the family.
Model: BR 03-92 RED RADAR CERAMIC
Automatic mechanical movement
Hours, minutes and seconds
42 mm in width
Matt black ceramic
Crystal: sapphire with red anti-reflective coating and red painted numerals and indices
Water-resistance: 100 metres
Centre minute disc and outer hour disc with small red aircraft markings
Red painted seconds hand
Black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric
Buckle: pin. Steel with black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish
Limited edition of 999 pieces