With the new limited-edition BR 03 Gyrocompass, Swiss luxury watch brand Bell & Ross pays tribute to aeronautics. The fighter plane silhouette in the centre of the black dial is inspired by a flight instrument known as course indicator.
The course indicator is a guiding element on the aircraft dashboard. At a single glance, the representation of an aircraft in the sky tells pilots their direction of travel, allowing the position to be realigned on a magnetic compass if necessary.
The Gyrocompass is a visually simple yet technically complex system, with a mechanism that transfers the position of the plane in flight into a vertical graphic representation on the dial of course indicator.
The BR 03 family is a central pillar in the Bell & Ross collections. Since launching in 2006, the collection offers robust pilot watches inspired by the indicators of an aircraft dashboard. Reinvented this year in new proportions, the iconic rounded square shape of the BR 03 range now comes in a 41mm case.
Also available in this new size, the BR 03 Gyrocompass has a black ceramic case just 10.6 mm thick and waterproof to 100 metres.
Completing the iconic Flight Instruments collection launched in 2010, the watch’s strong personality demonstrates its full functionality, elegantly transposing an aeronautical navigation tool into a timepiece design.
The display of the new BR 03 Gyrocompass has been designed to offer perfect practical readability in all circumstances, day, or night.
The fighter plane hour-hand draws attention. The tip of the plane’s nose aligns with the indices so that the wearer can tell the time with precision.
By externalising the numerical inscriptions on the flange, checking the time becomes a seamless experience. Alongside the hour hand, the large minute hand benefits from a generous white arrow evoking a pointer.
The central second hand creates an interesting kinetic visual effect through its large counterweight that permanently animates the dial. The date is displayed in a round window placed between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The cardinal points and their triangular indices are coated with Super-LumiNova® with a green emission colour, while the time indications are highlighted by an immediately recognisable blue emission. Meanwhile, the aircraft silhouette still stands out in a unique yellow tint with green emissions.
The BR 03 GYROCOMPASS houses the BR-CAL.302 self-winding calibre. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz), it offers a 54-hour power reserve.
The watch comes with a black rubber strap and a steel pin buckle with black PVD coating.
This timepiece is available in a limited edition of 999 pieces.
Model: Bell & Ross BR 03 Gyrocompass Limited Edition, Reference BR03A-CPS-CE/SRB
Automatic mechanical movement
Hours, minutes, seconds and date
Matte black ceramic
41 mm in width
10.60 mm thick
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres
Cardinal points and triangle-shaped indices coated with green Super-LumiNova®
Black flange with white coated minute track
Black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric
Pin buckle in steel with black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish
Limited edition of 999 pieces