From the very beginning, Bell & Ross succeeded brilliantly in materializing the interior of a cockpit within a watch. This was by far the key to its success. Even though the French company has evolved its catalog since then, it has never lost its focus. And that’s what we’re talking about today, with a new limited edition inspired by an essential aeronautical instrument the directional or heading indicator, a gyroscope for stable heading in flight. Let’s take a look at this novelty BR 03 Gyrocompass !
Turn indicator, artificial horizon, course indicator, etc. Visit aircraft instrument panels include a large number of indicators that Bell & Ross like to draw inspiration from. Over the years, no fewer than 15 such editions have been produced. In addition, the BR 03 range has been given a facelift earlier this month with a diameter reduced from 42 to 41mmslightly thinner horns with a now polished facet, corners that are still round but softened, and above all a new automatic movement, caliber BR-CAL.302 (Sellita SW300-1 base) bringing the power reserve to 54 hours. This Gyrocompass limited edition has all the attributes, including a black ceramic caseas slim as ever, with a thickness of 10.6mm and water resistance to 100 metres.
On this model, of course, it’s the silhouette of a fighter plane that catches the eye. Let’s not be unrealistic, it doesn’t indicate the course, as it’s simply the hour hand, while the white arrow-tipped hand points to the minutes, thetimer scale is positioned on a raised part of the dial.. The second hand, with its long counterweight sweeping across the dial at all times, is a real eye-catcher. The discreet date window remains, still positioned at 4-5 o’clock. Note also the night-time effect, although not illustrated here, with theapplication of various Super-LumiNova on the cardinal points, the airplane and the rest of the indexes/hands. This limited edition of 999 pieces and offered at 4,500€ has what it takes to win over aviation fans!
FEATURES – BELL & ROSS BR 03 GYROCOMPASS
Case : black ceramic – bead-blasted finish – 41mm wide x 10.6mm – flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating – full ceramic back – screw-down crown – 10 ATM (100 meters) water resistance
Dial : black background – matte finish – printed indexes – minute scale on flange – indexes, cardinal points, plane and hands covered with Super-LumiNova – date window on black background at 4-5 o’clock
Movement mechanical self-winding – BR-CAL.302 calibre (Sellita SW300-1 base) – Frequency 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) – Function hours, minutes, seconds and date – 54-hour power reserve
Straps : black rubber – second strap in synthetic canvas – pin buckle in black PVD-treated stainless steel
Information : limited edition of 999 units – available on the official website and from authorized dealers – 2-year warranty – €4,500 incl. VAT