Since its founding in 1994, Bell & Ross has always had a great passion for aviation. In 2011 it launched the eye-catching Red Radar watch, a quirky, yet innovative timepieces which drew inspiration from the radar screen of an aircraft. The futuristic style was met with great success and this year it returns with a new edition.
The BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic is an avant-garde timepiece that brings its own innovative reinterpretation to the watch display. Again inspired by a radar screen, the watch forms part of Bell & Ross’ iconic Flight Instruments collection which brings together exclusive timepieces inspired by instruments on board jet planes.
Breaking the traditional watchmaking codes the time is read via a system of rotating discs, combined with an analogue hand. 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.
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 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 dial is topped with a stunning red sapphire crystal, making this a truly standout piece. The hour scale is screen-printed on the inside (back) of the sapphire crystal, and so is well protected from impacts and abrasions. It comes with a 42mm case in scratch-resistant ceramic that is soft to the touch. Contemporary and sophisticated, this watch is for collectors of original watches, fans of cutting-edge design, and aircraft enthusiasts alike. It is limited to an edition of 999 pieces.