Watchmaker Bell & Ross has, over time, become a reference in the instrument watch field. Since its inception, the brand has continue to produce exceptional timepieces in its dedicated pursuit of superior performance. As part of this quest, the manufacture has forged links with the world of military – one of its key domains. 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 strict time keeping.
The Phantom concept, originally 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 (like all Bell & Ross timepieces), 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 represents another link in the Bell & Ross camouflage watch series.
The new BR03-92 Black Camo retains all the amazing technical features you’d expect from such a prestigious watch brand: its display is perfectly legible both day and night thanks to the photo luminescent coating on its hands, indices and numerals. The brand has also developed an original military-type tricolour coating. Its dial is covered with a patchwork of matte greys, its case and strap in matte black. The high-tech timepiece is practically undetectable, especially at night. Its matte-treated colours also avoid the risk of undesirable reflection – meaning this is an ideal watch to have during tailing operations or operations in hostile territory with no risk of detection.
The BR03-92 Back Camo has all the desirable characteristics of an Haute Horlogerie timepiece. Notably, the watch 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 BR03-92 Black Camo uses mass-coloured ceramic. Wear-resistant and unalterable, the material is second to diamond in terms of hardness and strength. Almost scratch-resistant, ceramic is tougher and lighter than steel. It guarantees remarkable durability, which is indispensible in an instrument uses in dangerous military situations and environments. Finally, the watch 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 part has a black Superluminova coating bearing the numerals and indices. The upper part 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.
The new BR03-92 Black Camo is the third link of Bell & Ross’ camouflage family and combines the brand’s core aeronautical and military watch makes it one of the most innovative timepieces around. The BR03-92 is perfect for extreme professional situations and also for the everyday great adventures. The case is 42mm in diameter and features sapphire crystal face with anitreflective coating. The watch is finished with a black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric and black PVD coated steel pin buckle.