In a quest to create the ideal utilitarian watch, Bell & Ross broke traditional watchmaking codes in 2005 with the simple idea of turning a plane’s cockpit into a wristwatch. More than an original concept, the Instruments collection is not only reminiscent of the world of aviation but is immediately recognizable.
True to its philosophy, Bell & Ross introduces a new version inspired by analog instrumentation of aircraft cockpits, where each instrument is a reference point in terms of precision, legibility, reliability and performance: the BR03-92 Bi-Compass. With this watch, Bell & Ross recreates the graphic style of these navigation tools as closely as possible, offering an alternative to the traditional approach of telling the time.
The simplicity of the BR03-92 Bi-Compass’s design encases the complexity of its inner workings. Built on a two-tier basis, the dial divides its main center part with the outer part where the minute track is featured through a small “step” equipped with a minute-circle. To enhance legibility, the hour and minute graduations have been separated to promote the minutes on the main dial as in original instruments while the hours are displayed in the center.
The hour reading is indicated by a green triangle marker which appears in the center through an independent concentric disc which is not graduated. The technical challenge posed by its design and construction required the best watchmaking expertise: An ultra-light disc needed to be created to ensure that the power reserve nor the accuracy of the watch was not reduced. Furthermore, the disc needs to be sufficiently resistant so as to not become deformed or risk any friction. This dual challenge has required the development of specific materials and new techniques. As it rotates, an adjustment to the nearest micron ensures that the disc is constantly parallel. The accuracy of the assembly requires all the know-how of master watchmakers. The typography used for the numerals is identical to that on analog aviation counters (Isonorm)
The new BR03-92 Bi-Compass will make its owner feel as though they own a fragment of an aircraft’s cockpit, delighting both aviation fans and watch collectors.