Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT White

Bell & Ross has recently announced a new version of the BR 05 GMT, which features a silver-white dial and adds a second color option to the GMT models of the integrated-bracelet styling of the BR 05 lineup. With a legible red 24-hour hand, this caller GMT looks great with a silver dial and is also the first time that B&R designers have offered a BR 05 in a color that wasn’t black and blue. I think they chose well.
Like the black dial BR 05 GMT that was launched last year, the BR 05 GMT White uses a 41mm steel case and can be had with a full steel bracelet or a rubber strap that is designed to integrate directly with the case and its non-traditional lug shape. The case is 11.07mm thick and has a screw-down crown, 100 meters of water resistance, and sapphire crystals front and back (with the back offering a view of the BR 05 GMT’s 360-degree oscillating weight).

Inside, we find a GMT movement that is based on the Sellita SW-330 and which Bell & Ross calls the BR-Cal 325. It’s an automatic movement that ticks at 4 Hz, has ~42 hours of power reserve, and features a date at three along with a caller-style 24-hour independently adjustable GMT function. This means that you can adjust your view of a second timezone without changing or disrupting the main time display. While somewhat more cumbersome to use when actively changing time zones, this GMT function is very handy for keeping track of a second time zone.
While I remain a complete sucker for a white-dialed GMT, that’s not the only reason that I figured this new Bell & Ross was worth a closer look – I’ve been curious about the BR 05 since it was launched in 2019 with a 40mm automatic model. I like the design, and the sort of instrument-like take on the Genta-derived integrated bracelet sports watch format. Furthermore, the sizing seems good and they appear to look great on wrist. Bell & Ross has always been of interest to me, but I’ve never found one of their quirky square-cased models that actually worked really well on my bony wrist. Perhaps a bracelet would make all the difference.
And now they have a GMT in a white dial. Sure, the dial and hand design have borrowed a good deal from the Explorer II, but they are far from the only brand to find some inspiration via the Rolex catalog, and I’d argue that the square case and general aesthetic insulate the BR 05 GMT from feeling altogether too similar. Furthermore, I like that they maintain much of the Bell & Ross design language in the dial (especially with the large Arabic markers) and the use of the white/grey 24-hour rehaut.

At $5,000 and using a third-party movement, the BR 05 GMT has stiff competition. Collectors with more conventional tastes would likely opt for a Tudor Black Bay GMT, which offers local jumping (flyer) functionality, classic GMT styling, and a case of the same width (though a good bit thicker). Additionally, and I’m not comparing the two on build quality or general aesthetic, if you simply want a caller GMT, Seiko will happily sell you a lovely model with the same functionality for around $500.
But let’s be fair, the BR 05 GMT offers an entirely different look and feel to the above-mentioned competition and I’d argue that Bell & Ross is both not new to this price point and that cost sensitivity is likely not a core concern for B&R’s intended audience. As a guy who has long had the BR 03-92 Diver hanging out rent-free in my mind, this new BR 05 GMT marks the first time I’ve had anything more than professional curiosity in the lineup and I think it’s a handsome addition that I’d love to try on my own wrist. But what do you think – is the BR 05 GMT a good candidate for a hands-on follow-up? Let me know in the comments.

BR 03-92 Radio Compass

Bell & Ross is well known for making watches that draw inspiration from aeronautical history, instruments and design. That’s apparent throughout their entire collection and more specifically with the BR 03-92. Its distinct 42 mm circle-square case bears resemblance to the clocks used inside of an airplane cockpit and for the past decade, Bell & Ross has continued to incorporate more design cues from other indicators on the cockpit instrument panel into the BR 03-92. A few examples include the Red Radar, HUD and the Bi-Compass. Today, Bell & Ross adds to the ongoing Flight Instruments collection with the BR 03-92 Radiocompass, staying true to their foundational design principles of Legibility, Functionality, Reliability and Precision.
Not that we do not appreciate those. We do but it is nice to know that Bell & Ross sometime does revisit the root of square-cased BR and revisit it did with the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Radiocompass Watch.

The BR 03-92 Radiocompass, which takes its name from a radio navigation tool, the Radio Compass, reproduces the display of the eponymous tool featuring the original colored hands. Obviously, it is not an exact replica of the Radio Compass.
This matt black dial contrasts with the striking coloured hands and white graduations arranged in three circles. This is to make it as easy as possible for the wearer to tell the time.

Fusing modern pop trends with Bell & Ross’s traditional aeronautical heritage, the new BR 03-92 Radiocompass is hoping to satisfy Bell & Ross’ traditional audience as well as attracting new customers.
Bell & Ross has unveiled the new BR 03-92 Radiocompass, the latest watch in the brand’s Flight Instruments collection.

The dial of the watch reproduces the display of the radionavigation tool, the Radio Compass, which it’s named after.
Now we have that sorted, let’s unpack the BR 03-92 Radiocompass starting with the B&R’s first design principle, Legibility. The hour and minute hands are distinguishable and sure to grab your attention. Designating the hour is a broad orange skeletonized hand that extends past the center of the dial and tipped with a broad arrow. The minute hand uses a narrower stem and is identified by its neon yellow color. Further making sure the hands are identifiable, B&R adds an “H” in the arrow of the hour hand and an encircled “M” in the middle of the minute hand. The numeral hour makers also use the Radio Compass for inspiration. Notice how the numbers angle towards the center of the dial, just as it does on the navigation instrument. The numerals also use a distinct font known as Isonorm. This font design was created directly by the International Standards Organization (ISO) and uses a clean and geometric design, with rounded ends, making the markers more legible to the human eye.

Bell and Ross BR 05 Skeleton Green

The biggest news from Bell & Ross for 2019 is the introduction of the Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Green collection that aBlogtoWatch debuted here. The BR 05 is the first major new timepiece collection that Bell & Ross has introduced for some time, and it is the first product whose design is directly influenced by watches Bell & Ross has produced in the past. Several versions of the BR 05 watch are being made available at launch, with this BR 05 Skeleton green (ref. BR05A-GR-SK-ST/SST) being the model Bell & Ross feels will have the most appeal to watch collectors and enthusiasts. I tend to agree with them.
I said to Bell & Ross something I still stand by today when they first shared the full BR 05 collection with the aBlogtoWatch team prior to its launch: “It is going to take collectors a few years to really get into these.” You see, the problem is what I call “Nautilus shock.” When an experienced watch collector sees the BR 05, the first thing that probably comes to mind is, “Bell & Ross just built its version of a Patek Philippe Nautilus.” From an aesthetic perspective, that is absolutely right. Forget, for a moment, that a steel Nautilus is many times more expensive than a steel BR 05; Bell & Ross seems to have built its own version of something hard to get and popular on the market.
So that is what watch fans need to get over, the seemingly direct “I also want to have a product in this category” approach by Bell & Ross that, in some ways, is not particularly original. Some might say that it is brazenly unoriginal in an industry celebrated for “innovation.” I’m well aware of the appearance that Bell & Ross copied something, but the more I think about it, the less I feel upset by it. Yes, Bell & Ross was clearly inspired by the Patek Philippe Nautilus and wanted to throw its hat into the ring. Is there something wrong with that?

Gerald Genta designed the Nautilus for Patek Philippe in the 1970s. Since then, there have been years of watches like and unlike it. Today, the Nautilus is the world’s hardest-to-get overpriced steel watch. People are paying too much for it and agonizing over not being able to get it — this is the clearest sign to a company in the watch space to make a product to help satisfy demand. What the Nautilus really represents is people’s interest in buying bracelet-style watches in steel that have a distinct design and can be worn casually or formally. This is what Bell & Ross is trying to make a product for; they aren’t really trying to replicate the particular personality of the Nautilus.
Design-wise, the comfortable and nicely made BR 05 has a tapering bracelet, links, some case design elements, and hands that are reminiscent of the Nautilus. I would actually say that the designs are more generally Gerald Genta-inspired, but to some people that might be splitting hairs. Bell & Ross (who designs all of its products in-house) seems to have said to themselves, what if we put our DNA and Gerald Genta DNA into some combiner machine (like in The Fly) and imagine a nice result. That result is the BR 05.
From the BR 01/BR 03-inspired case shape to the aesthetic of the links, which hearken back to when Sinn was producing Bell & Ross products — most all angles of the BR 05 are related to Bell & Ross even if, at a glance, they are designed to remind wearers of something else. The case is 40mm-wide (so is the Nautilus), about 10.3mm-thick, and with a just under 48mm lug-to-lug distance. With 100 meters of water resistance in a nice little package, the BR 05 is really very comfortable on the wrist and has a ton of personality. Bell & Ross lovers will see things they have seen before, and everyone else not familiar with the brand does, indeed, get a nice new bracelet watch with this product collection.
The Skeleton version of the BR 05 adds a level of trendy horological passion to the product collection. Bell & Ross worked carefully in collaboration with Swiss Sellita to produce an exclusive movement and automatic rotor. The rotor is shaped like a wheel and fully covers the movement with a “mystery” weight to provide for the oscillation. The BR 05 isn’t an automotive watch, but so much of Bell & Ross product DNA is about cars and racing that it made sense. Remember that unlike other “instrument” watches made by Bell & Ross, the BR 05 doesn’t have a functional theme. Rather, it has a design/artistic theme that has, in many ways, manifested itself as being a Bell & Ross product that celebrated Bell & Ross.

The movement skeletonization that Sellita and Bell & Ross came up with together is attractive because you get the sensation of a tastefully skeletonized movement structure without having to stare at your wrist hair too much. The matte surfaces of the movement feel a bit unfinished, but they do offer an industrial look and contrast with polished elements on the dial, such as the hands, hour markers, and components in the movement itself. Bell & Ross designed at least this gray/steel tone BR 05 Skeleton dial so that the case, bezel, flange, and dial elements are similar colors, allowing for a tightly integrated look. This isn’t to everyone’s taste, but it does make for a nice aesthetic when it isn’t clear where the movement/dial/case begins and ends.
The exclusive automatic movement for the BR 05 Skeleton green is known as the BR-CAL.322, and it operates at 4Hz with about two days of power reserve. I like how the mainspring barrel is skeletonized, which offers a sort of crude power-reserve indicator because you can see how tightly wound the spring inside is. Dial legibility is maintained because of large lume-painted hands and hour markers. In this regard, the BR05 Skeleton is distinctive from many other skeletonized watches, in that you can read the dial easily.

BR V2-92 ORANGE

The watch industry loves to go through trends, from Pepsi bezels in 2018 to green dials in 2020. These days, brands are all about throwing an array of bright colors onto dials. After Rolex unveiled its veritable rainbow of new Oyster Perpetuals in 2020, there’s been a color party going on in the watch industry, with everyone from Omega to Oris to Sinn getting in on the action this year. Now it’s Bell & Ross’ turn, as the aviation-focused brand has just released a pair of ultra-bright renditions of its vintage-style diver, the BR V2-92.

Beginning with the BR V2-92 Orange, the watch’s bright orange “Pop color” dial is meant to evoke the 1970s Golden Age of California skateboarding culture, and it definitely makes for a fun statement piece. The BR V2-92 Full Lum, meanwhile, swaps the orange for Bell & Ross’s “Full Lum” treatment on the dial. The photo-luminescent dial appears as a pale, minty green during the day, but in low light conditions, it glows a cool blue color, making the green-glowing hands and indices even more legible. We’ve seen both of these dial colors from B&R before: the Orange on the square-cased BR 03-92 Diver and the Full-Lum on the BR V2-94 chronograph, but this is their first time being implemented on the more versatile BR V2-92.

Both new variants of the BR V2-92 are in the line’s typical round 41mm stainless steel case with a unidirectional bezel sporting a black aluminum insert. Both watches also feature the same ultra-domed sapphire crystals with AR coating, calibre BR-CAL.302 automatic movement, and 100m water resistance. It’s also worth noting that both watches, thankfully, feature a date wheel that’s been matched to its respective dial color. The date appears unobtrusively in a small round window at 4:30.

Both the BR V2-92 Full Lum and BR V2-92 Orange are sold on Tropic-style black rubber straps, with the Orange also available on a stainless steel three-link bracelet. Limited to 500 pieces each, the Orange and Full Lum versions of the BR V2-92 are available now in Replica Bell & Ross’s online shop

Bell & Ross BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada

En 2015 vimos en vídeo el Bell & Ross WW1 Edición Limitada, un reloj asociado a los puros. Aquel fue un reloj muy vintage, que captaba perfectamente la esencia de lo que el mundo de los puros aspira a transmitir. Ahora aparece este Bell & Ross BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada , que busca el mismo maridaje pero con el último de los modelos que se ha incorporado a la familia de Bell & Ross.

Por si hay alguien que aún no lo sepa, la versión cronógrafo de los BR 05 apareció en 2020, y aquí vimos el primer modelo en vivo. Y también es conocida la afición de uno de los dos fundadores de Bell & Ross, Carlos Rosillo (de padre español) por los puros, hasta el punto de que los que compra llevan la vitola de su apellido.
Y, como tradicionalmente los puros se han asociado al lujo y la buena vida (siempre que no aparezca uno de sus compañeros de fiesta, el cáncer de boca), es lógico que se lancen relojes relacionados con este mundo (recordemos este Zenith Cohiba, por ejemplo).
Por supuesto, las formas exteriores del Bell & Ross BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada no varían: la caja tiene un diámetro de 42 mm y una altura de 12,40 mm, lo que lo hace suficientemente delgado -para un crono- como para no tener que luchar demasiado con los puños de las camisas.

Lo que sí ha variado es el material, porque en este caso la parte superior está hecha de oro rosa de 18 quilates satinado.
La esfera arenada del Bell & Ross BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada tiene una acertada mezcla de colores marrones y dorados, con la distribución habitual: pequeño segundero a las tres horas y contador de 30 minutos a las nueve. Como siempre, la ventana de fecha es circular, se sitúa a las 4:30 y es del mismo color que la esfera.

Tanto la trotadora del cronógrafo como su contador de 30 minutos son rojos, a juego con la leyenda «Edición Limitada», escrita en español. Las manecillas horarias y los índices -chapados en oro- están tratados con Super-LumiNova.
El zafiro posterior del Bell & Ross BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada nos permite ver el rotor de 360 grados esqueletado, lo que nos abre una ventana al calibre. Es un Sellita SW 200 con un módulo cronógrafo Debuis Depraz que se mueve a 4 hercios y tiene una reserva de marcha de 38 horas.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver

Though the season for ice diving is quickly coming to an end, Bell & Ross celebrates those brave enough to dive under the frozen surfaces with the BR 03-92 Diver in white. Winter will not officially be over until the 20th of March. But the days have already started to get longer, and temperatures have begun their steady ascent. Soon, in those places where it is still present, the ice will begin to melt. Lakes will go back to their usual liquid state, as the surface layer melts away. However, in some of the northernmost regions, ice diving was still possible until just a couple of weeks ago. Just as hazardous as cave or wreck diving, ice diving is not for the faint-hearted. With today’s release, Bell & Ross pays homage to the thrill-seeking divers that dare to plunge into the icy depths.

The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver is a perfectly qualified companion, complying both with ISO 6425 and NIHS standard 92611. That’s a reassuring feature when undertaking some of the most gear-challenging forms of diving. Modern dive computers have been known to succumb to the cold, their batteries draining prematurely in the icy temperatures. Therefore, wearing a watch, especially a mechanical one, is a good backup option, and one that could prove crucial. Featuring a specially crafted dial with an opalescent silver surface that appears white until you look closer, the BR 03-92 is an eye-catching new addition to the brand’s athletic line, offering nice contrast with the darker tones of its other offerings.
Though Bell & Ross is better known for its aerospace-themed watches, five years after the brand’s founding, in 1997, it ventured into the dive-watch space. Ever since then, its dive watches have aspired to the highest standards in the industry. The first dive watch was the HYDROMAX, in a more traditional rounded case. It was waterproof to an impressive depth of 11,100 meters! Following the HYDROMAX, in 2007, the barrel-shaped BR 02 case was used to create the brand’s second diver. It was 10 years later, in 2017, when the BR 03-92 Diver first made its way to market in the Bell & Ross signature square case. Since then, the brand has produced dive watches in steel and bronze, available in a number of classic colors as well as some more unusual colorways. This latest offering in white will be the first to feature the color in the current lineup.
The combination of the silvery-white dial and black bezel gives the watch a distinctive look. It’s highly legible and has a certain pared-back simplicity to it that works quite well with the angular case. Combined with a perfect signed and textured rubber strap, this watch looks just as at home over a wetsuit sleeve beneath the ice as it does with a black turtle neck at the office. It’s as classic and suitable for any occasion as a pair of black Ray-Ban Wayfarers. Contrasting perfectly with the shimmering white dial are the black hands and applied indices. Having been filled with Super-LumiNova, they light up beautifully after charging under natural or artificial light.

The square case has a 300m water-resistance rating, and the watch complies with ISO 6425 and the NIHS standard 92611. Inside, and operated by the special locking crown, beats the cold-resistant Bell & Ross caliber BR-CAL 302. Based, presumably, on the Sellita SW300-1, it runs at 28,800vph and provides 38 hours of power reserve.
Much like the TAG Heuer Night Diver 300, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 walks the fine line between capable tool and design object. It is uncompromising in both respects. Whether you seek your thrills meters below the surface of frozen lakes, or you’re simply a fan of minimalist design that surpasses the norm, I can see this watch appealing to you. On the wrist, this 42mm diver works better than you might expect. It wears large, but not overwhelmingly so. And thanks to its sub-13mm thickness, it maintains a comfortable profile on the wrist. Its unmistakably tool-like aesthetic and lovely silvery-white dial certainly make me want to get kitted up and give ice-diving a go!

Bell & Ross BR 05 Red Steel

When Bell & Ross BR 05 Red Steel debuted their new BR 05 collection in 2019, it immediately caused a stir among watch aficionados. A stylish new spin on the classic B&R formula – which takes the brand’s iconic square case design, rounds off the sharp corners and mounts the case on a sleek integrated bracelet – the BR 05 has truly been a paradigm shift.

Now, in 2021, Bell & Ross BR 05 Red Steel have unveiled two awesome new iterations of the stylish new BR 05, which might just be the best yet. Sleek, different, practical yet luxurious, these two watches are masterpieces of French design and more than deserve a spot on your wrist ASAP.

First up we have the BR 05 GMT. For a brand that’s all about aviation, a GMT complication for the BR 05 just makes sense. An invaluable tool for both pilots and passengers alike, a GMT watch displays the local time in two different time zones – typically your home time zone and the local time zone wherever you’re flying to.
The BR 05 GMT’s core complication is elegantly executed: an arrow-tipped, red-accented second hour hand points to a white and black two-colour flange with 24-hour scale, making it a breeze to keep track of time in two places at once. It’s easy to use but doesn’t detract from the clean overall aesthetic of the BR 05.

We also have the BR 05 Horolum: an eclectic limited-edition variant of the BR 05 with a very unique look. Inspired by the minerality of concrete, the BR 05 Horolum is crafted from bead-blasted steel, with the case, dial and bracelet all featuring this textural spin.

Bead-blasted titanium is commonly used in luxury timepieces but bead-blasted steel is rather unusual. It provides a unique textural and visual quality to the BR 05 Horolum that’s quite unlike any other watch on the market. The contrast between the highly luminous indices and the uniform bead-blasted finish is dramatic and futuristic; making it a real ‘future relic’ of a watch.
Both these stunning BR 05s feature screw-down crowns, sapphire case-backs and a water-resistance rating of 100m – they’re not just wrist candy. They’re also both available either on an integrated bracelet or a sporty rubber strap.

Stainless steel watches with integrated bracelets have never been more popular, and the Bell & Ross BR 05 Red Steel is a particularly handsome example of the genre. Purposeful and slick with the mechanical bona fides to back up its no-nonsense appearance, the BR 05 is emblematic of the renaissance of French watchmaking… And whether you opt for the BR 05 GMT or the BR 05 Horolum, you know you’re choosing a winner.

Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Gold

Bell & Ross reinvented the aesthetic codes of contemporary watchmaking with the launch of BR 01, a distinctive and singular watch directly inspired by onboard flight instruments. A square case, a round dial, and one screw in each of the four corners… more than an original concept, the utilitarian design of this watch revolutionized traditional watchmaking codes. Over the years, this timeless timepiece has continued to evolve without losing its origins and strong identity. Being the ultimate reference in aeronautical watchmaking ever since, Bell & Ross launched – in 2019 – a tool watch for urban explorers, BR 05.

The BR 05 belongs to the family of watches with an integrated bracelet: the bracelet fuses with the case to create a unified piece. Since its launch, the BR 05 has already been adorned with gold on several occasions. Whether in a steel and gold version, or by combining gold with deep blue.

This year, like an ingot, the BR 05 is dressed entirely in rose gold to make the wrist of its wearer sublime. To amplify this precious look, it is in its skeleton line that Bell & Ross has chosen to embody this new model. When the 05 SKELETON turns into gold, the mechanism becomes a gem housed at the heart of its precious design.
Lovers of mechanical craftsmanship will be seduced by this exclusive edition of 99 pieces. The all-gold finish accentuates the monobloc aspect of the model. In total, 155 grams of gold make up the new BR 05 SKELETON GOLD.
The open dial features 18 ct rose gold gilded appliqué indices and forms a clear window through which the 18 ct rose gold-plated skeleton movement can be admired. The skeletonized hour and minutes hands are also gilded with 18 ct rose gold. For great legibility both at night and daytime, the white Super-Luminova of the indexes and hands contrasts elegantly with the gold of the dial.
To highlight the sophistication of the mechanism and its functioning, the engineers at Bell & Ross have cut out the bridge and the plate in a graphic and refined style.
The BR05 SKELETON GOLD is equipped with a BR-CAL.322 mechanism, wound by a 360° 18 ct rose gold-plated oscillating weight, open-worked to showcase the movement designed by Bell & Ross. The brand’s logo is metallized on the sapphire case‑back.
The 40 mm geometric watch, made of surfaces and angles, ensures the bracelet can adapt seamlessly to any wrist. Equipped with a satin-finished and polished 18 ct rose gold bracelet for a true jewel of masculinity look, or a black rubber strap that will lend this timepiece a sporty edge.

Like a gold ingot with a mechanical heart, the BR 05 SKELETON GOLD is a precious gem of advanced technology.

Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT

For its first dual time zone model in its 05 range, Bell & Ross offers a more urban interpretation of travel and time. Non-mobility has made the travel experience highly desirable, as has the environment of airports, and aircrafts. The dynamism of lounges and the joyful noise of the schedule board are the background of globe-trotters on the move – Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT.
They will be landing in different capitals, connecting to different time zones, keeping multiple temporalities in mind: the road is that of the sky leading to new directions and life experiences.

The Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT widens the field of possibilities, awakens a glimmer of hope, brings us back to our dynamic reality.
Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT was created with respect to its soft solidity. Its proportions are large but measured. It is virile without showing its strength. It alternates between curves and strong lines. It is robust without being abrupt. It is a fluid and supple object.

While the functional approach is assured by the omnipresence of the brand’s DNA, this instrumental tool also features the trend of the new icon: the jewel of strength. It embodies the idea of the contemporary man. A watch with a strong personality dedicated to men in motion, who make the city their playground and adventure.
As a matter of fact, this new watch creation in the BR 05 collection becomes the talisman of this assumed vigor. A distinctive design inspired by the professional world of tools designed for a specific mission. An elegant and ergonomic steel timepiece-armor. The engine set to two time zones. These are the codes of the new instrument of the urban explorer.

The Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT is designed to travel and accompany the transition between different urban realities. It is the ultimate globe-trotter’s tool.
BR05 belongs to the family of watches with an integrated bracelet. In the aesthetic line, a square steel case and a dial reflecting the brand’s architectural DNA. The bracelet fuses with the case to create a unified piece.

Its articulated links are exemplary in their flexibility, almost as much as the ribbed black rubber strap, also available. Wearing comfort is optimal thanks to the attention paid to every aspect, in particular the radius of curvature of its bracelet and the perfect alignment of all components.
Carved in steel, it captures the energy of the city and all its possibilities. With this new functionality, the urban meets the desire to escape. The steel then echoes with the mineral atmosphere of airport hangars with concrete, metal, contrasting surfaces, white lights and graphic signs.

Thanks to its integrated design, robust comfort, and precious finishes, the BR05 is a loyal ally for any active, urban lifestyle.
The Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT is a combination of stainless and robust materials encasing the finest Swiss watchmaking mechanics. Equipped with an automatic calibre with GMT function, wound by a 360° oscillating weight, the new model reveals the beating heart of its movement through a sapphire glass case back.

The dial of the BR05, radiating with a subtle sunray finish, offers optimum legibility. Its black colour contrasts with the large numerals, indices and hands coated in white Super-LumiNova

. This colour scheme is ingrained in Bell & Ross’ DNA. It echoes the colours used for on-board flight instruments. Cockpits are dominated by black, which prevents reflections, and white, which guarantees optimal reading. Intended to inform the traveller with the utmost clarity and precision, its graphics are very elaborated and the display is as rigorous as those of airport clocks. Echoing the principles of airport signalling, the skeletonized hour and minute hands are made of metal appliques.
The GMT hand can blend in perfectly with the BR 05 aesthetic and stands out here with its red arrow. White, black and red – symbolic colours of Bell & Ross – ensure perfect legibility both day and night.

More than a simple GMT hand, this arrow is mostly a symbol of orientation in time and space.
While the white hands on the main dial indicate the time at the wearer’s current location, the red arrow-hand on the 24-hour graduated inner bezel shows the time in his country of origin.

To read time at a glance, the black semi-circle on the flange corresponds to the night-time hours, the grey semicircle to the daytime hours. To feature this 24h-scale and add the flange, the Bell & Ross creative studio worked on increasing the diameter of the dial and therefore the dimensions of the case. With this new function, and its – 41 mm – mid-size dimensions, the Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT makes it the ideal complement to the collection.
The brand introduces its flagship features within this collection launched in 2019. 2020 was marked by the launch of the chronograph version. This year, Bell & Ross enriches its range with a new function and new proportions. A GMT on a 41 mm case. A GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) function displays the time at two different points on the globe simultaneously…A function that is intimately linked with its source of inspiration to create an invitation to travel.

Bell and Ross BR 03-94 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE

Bell & Ross has dropped a black ceramic chronograph to mark its involvement with France’s national aerobatic display team.

The Franco-Swiss brand announced it had become the official watchmaking partner of the Patrouille de France earlier this year.

The new BR 03-94 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE uses a 42mm square, matte black ceramic case with bidirectional rotating bezel with engraved 60-minute scale housing a BR-CAL.301 automatic chronograph movement.

Bell & Ross have reflected the colors of the Tricolore using a blue dial (with recessed running second and 30-minute chronograph counter sub dials at the three and nine o’clock positions), white Super-LumiNova markings and red tipped chronograph hands while the Patrouille de France logo sits at the six o’clock position and is also engraved on the caseback. As well as the 500-piece mechanical edition, Bell & Ross will be producing a near identical 100-piece limited edition using a quartz movement, which the pilots of the patrouille de France will wear.
In its quest of excellence, the brand has made aviation, especially aeronautical instruments, its main specialty. Sharing the values of performance and precision, Bell & Ross supports elite units by designing watches that fea- ture specific functions or celebrate special occasions and anni- versaries. The brand is proud to see members of these forces and cutting-edge institutions wearing its watches today.

To name a few, the anti-magnetic case of the Type Démineur made it safe to wear during mine-clearing operations. The Pilot Type Aéronavale – with its chronometer and notched bidirection- al rotating bezel graduated for 60 minutes – was ideal for fighter pilots during their missions. The photoluminescent indexes and oversized numerals of the BR 03-92 GIGN, BR 01 RAID and BR 03-92 TORNADO echoed the need for day and night read- ability. With its multifunction movement, the BR 03 Type Aviation fulfills the requirements of French fighter pilots.

Being chosen over the years by many air, land and naval forces is an incomparable recognition of the brand’s technical exper- tise and the quality of its watches, which are perfect for pro- fessional use. By participating in the design and manufacture of professional watches and by serving the most prestigious elite corps, Bell & Ross contributes to history. The year 2021 marks a new milestone for the brand…
The reference brand in Aviation watches was chosen by the armée de l’Air et de l’Espace (French Air and Space Force) to become the official watchmaking partner of the patrouille de France.

Patrouille de France is the French Air and Space Force’s official aerobatic display team, created in 1953. Its mission is to represent the French Air and Space force abroad, acting as an ambassador for French aviation and for France itself. Considered as one of the most precise and aesthetic acrobatic flying team in the world, the patrouille de France has flown around the world with grace and elegance for more than 67 years. Every year it continues to impress and move new generations of spectators.

Comprising 9 pilots and 35 engineers, the patrouille de France manages an annual agenda with a military precision approach. Its time is split between winter, which is dedicated to training, and summer which is spent demonstrating at air shows. It traditionally opens the Bastille Day parade in Paris, with nine Alpha Jets.
Bell & Ross is honored to raise the patrouille de France insignia amongst its professional accolades. The professional instrument that Bell & Ross has designed for the patrouille de France prove its ability to meet very specific needs.
The armed forces’ requirements and specific demands pushed manufacturers to go even further regarding reliability, readability and functionality.

Each parameter —case diameter, special functions, water- resistance, day and night readability, legible indexes, oversized numerals, precision, autonomy, shock and temperature resistance, anti-magnetic cases, rotating bezels— becomes a key factor when a military institution chooses a watch.

The life as a military or civilian pilot is punctuated by time. During aerial shows, the pilots travel at speeds of between 300and800kilometers per hour and are spaced just two to three meters apart. At these speeds, the slightest error could be fatal. Every second is critical to the pilots. Time is a crucial factor in allowing maneuvers to be executed flawlessly in complete safety. Their watch is the essential tool for piloting and mastering this millimetric time.

Bell & Ross worked closely with the pilots and designed a chronograph which is perfectly adapted to their operational
Produced in 500 pieces, this limited-edition is made available to the public. The dial of the BR 03-94 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE proudly and elegantly bears the patrouille de France insignia.

The circle represents the cohesion of the operational unit and its ability to tackle every aspect of a situation.

The gold of the emblem’s background is a color widely used in military insignia.

The nine jet silhouettes evoke nine Fouga Magister (former patrouille de France’s aircraft before the Alpha jet) and represent their signature aerial display formation also known as the “Concorde”.

The tricolor banner which wraps the logo symbolizes the French colored smoke and acrobatic evolutions of the flying team, “ambassador” of the French Air and Space Force.

More than just a logo, this emblem is highly symbolic and depicts the values embodied by the pilots that are accuracy, reliability, discipline, control along with solidarity and humility. In partnering the patrouille de France, Bell & Ross associates itself with these values, and join them as an ambassador for excellence in French aviation.

The patrouille de France logo is printed at the bottom of the dial and also engraved on the case back.
Bell & Ross has created both an emblematic and functional watch that meets the specific requirements of patrouille de France pilots: the BR 03-94 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE.

The case for the new BR 03 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE is made of high-tech ceramic. This material holds a privileged position in the aerospace sector, with uses including the manufacture of parts subject to high temperatures, exposure to acids, corro- sion, and erosion. It is also found in the design of heat shields and noses for rockets. Almost as tough as a diamond, ceramic is extremely hardwearing and has an unchanging color as it is dyed in the mass. It is also lighter than steel, hypoallergenic and has thermal control properties, which increase the wearer’s comfort.

The BR 03-94 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE houses a mechanical chronograph movement with automatic winding which offers tried-and-tested reliability. Available to the public, an identical limited to 100 pieces quartz edition version of this watch will outfit the patrouille de France flying team.
When on their mission, time measurement is the determining parameter. As an essential tool in aerial navigation for measur- ing short time periods, the chronograph is the main complica- tion of aviation. It is equipped with a bi-directional bezel with a 60-minute scale to mark intervals in time.

Synchronization is fundamental for these pilots especially when, they chain together several scenes with 2, 4, 6 or 8 jets. Their safety and quality of the show rely on that. Having general- ly, eight pilots sometimes nine flying as one at over 600km/h, subjected to accelerations exceeding 6g, precision must be ab- solute. It is the same for their watches. Thought for an optimal readability of the pilot while flying, the chronograph seconds hand features in the centre of the dial which is the most im- portant time measurement tool.

The new chronograph timepiece is both a tool and an icon. By adopting the distinctive design features of this iconic French acrobatic patrol, the BR 03-94 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE asserts a strong identity from the very first glance.

Precision and legibility are the two key criteria for the pilots. The colors used on the dial provides a visual contrast to offer optimal readability.

At 600 km/h each second counts. Each of them must be iden- tified rapidly. To enhance its legibility, the hands used for the chronograph functions are distinguished by red tips. In avia- tion, this is the one of the colors of essential features and test flights, known for its frank, clear and dynamic properties. The dark blue dial echoes the color of the sky as well as the patrol’s color identity.

The numerals, indexes and hands are white and photolumines- cent to ensure perfect visibility both day and night. Designed for a professional use, the insignia was placed on the dial, so it does not disturb the readability. This logo also features on their dashboards’ plane. Pilots use their watches mainly during the ground phases until take-off. The BR 03-94 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE is equipped with a black natural rubber strap. In the summer, rubber is the ideal material to preserve the wrists of pilots throughout the season.
Bell & Ross has always been passionate about military history, design, and values. In its quest of excellence, the brand has made aviation, especially aeronautical instruments, its main specialty. That ethos continues till today with the BR 03-94 Patrouille de France.

Patrouille de France is the French Air and Space Force’s official aerobatic display team, created in 1953. Considered as one of the most precise and aesthetic acrobatic flying team in the world, the patrouille de France has flown around the world with grace and elegance for more than 67 years.

Chosen by the armée de l’Air et de l’Espace (French Air and Space Force) to become the official watchmaking partner of the patrouille de France, Bell & Ross worked closely with the pilots and designed a chronograph which is perfectly adapted to their operational needs.