The BR 03 collection of Bell & Ross is directly inspired to aeronautical instrumentation, a recognized standard in terms of readability, reliability and performance. It is not by chance that Bell & Ross defines these models the instrument watches.
At BaselWorld 2014, Bell & Ross presented four new BR 03-92 Ceramic variations, all featuring a high-tech ceramic case with matte black finish.
The material of choice in aeronautics and aerospace, ceramic is resistant to extremely high temperatures, exposure to acids, corrosion and erosion. One of the hardest materials in the world, after diamond, ceramic is also very resistant to scratches, much lighter than steel and its colour does not fade with time. Thanks to its softness to the touch and quick adaptation to body temperature, ceramic is a very comfortable to wear material.
Producing a BR 03 from ceramic forced the designers to revise the complex construction of the case. The BR 03 Ceramic is built around the movement and its steel container protected by a shell, a cover and a ceramic case back. The eight screws visible on the outside of the ceramic case act like a clamp to seal the watch, guaranteeing its complete solidity and water resistance.
The matte black finish of the 42 mm case reminds the finishing of aircraft instrument panel offering excellent readability and preventing reflections.
Of the four new models, the BR 03 Black Matte is the one with the black dial with large white numerals and hands, all treated with Super-LumiNova luminescent coating. The watch is delivered with a black rubber strap as well as with a black heavy-duty canvas.
The BR 03 Phantom is the integral black version while the BR 03 Commando has camouflage tones with black case and grey dial and strap.
Finally, the BR 03 Heritage features sand coloured hands, numerals and index for a vintage look which is completed by a natural leather strap.
All watches are water resistant to 100 metres and are fitted with an ETA-based automatic movement.