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Since it was founded in 1994, aviation has always been a passion for Bell & Ross. Over the years, the watch brand has become a leading benchmark in the instrument watch field.
In 2011, the brand launched the eye-catching Red Radar. Quirky yet innovative, this futuristic timepiece drew its inspiration from an aircraft radar screen – and has been met with huge success.
This year, Bell & Ross is back with a new Red Radar, the spectacular BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic. This avant-garde timepiece is also inspired by a radar screen and brings its own innovative reinterpretation to the watch display.
It forms part of Bell & Ross’ iconic Flight Instruments collection which brings together exclusive timepieces, inspired by instruments on board jet planes.
When it was released in 2011, the famous Red Radar captured imaginations. It broke the rules. Its design – very similar to an aircraft radar – was surprising and spectacular in equal measure.
Its graphics reproduced the scanning motion of the light beam on a radar screen with stunning realism. The bright red crystal topping the dial is reminiscent of the flight control instrument.
It was a phenomenal success at the time and remained one of the brand’s best-sellers for a long time.
This year marks the return of this watchmaking UFO.
The style of the new BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic version is as modern as ever. Its display breaks the traditional watchmaking codes by revisiting the graphics of an 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.
The newcomer adopts the BR 03 case, which is 42 mm in diameter. In constant pursuit of innovation and performance, on this occasion Bell & Ross has chosen to use 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. Our watchmakers worked hard to ensure that the precision of the watch movement was not altered by friction. The assembly of each of these components was fine-tuned to the nearest micron. Guaranteeing such precision required all our in-house engineers to pool their expertise.
The principle is very simple. 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.
The large red hand navigates between the two.
Movement: BR-CAL.302. Automatic mechanical. Functions: hours, minutes and seconds.
Case:42 mm in width. Matt black ceramic.
Dial: black. Centre minute disc and outer hour disc with small red aircraft markings. Red painted seconds hand.
Crystal: sapphire with red anti-reflective coating and red painted numerals and indices.
Water-resistance: 100 metres. Strap: black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric.
Buckle: pin. Steel with black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish.
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