After a spate of horological gymnastics, where the brand stretched its technical and creative muscles with a series of heavy hitters such as the Hyperstellar, AeroGT and the impossibly stunning Sapphire Tourbillon, Bell & Ross kick-starts the pre-Baselworld announcements with a pair of palate cleansers: the BR 03-92 Horograph and the BR 03-92 Horolum, two dignified, back-to-basics watches that amplify the brand’s aeronautical core values of supreme functionality and visibility.
The smart and uncluttered dial of the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Horograph (from the Latin “Hora” for hour and “Graph” for graphics) was meant to recall the clocks in airport terminals. Bound up in its design are the dynamics of modernism, or what the brand refers to as Bauhaus ethos — one of the most influential design movements of the 20th century that transformed art and architecture in fundamental ways. With a black-and-white contrast, the baton-shaped hands and indices are coated with C3 Super-LumiNova for greater nighttime legibility. It also features a circular date window at four o’clock and a red-tipped center seconds hand. Its signature 42mm “circle in a square” shaped steel case is micro-blasted with a matte finish.
The case’s frosty gray-tone texture is derived from high-pressure spraying of tiny glass beads onto the surface of the metal to roughen it, giving it a high purity tone of gray and a uniform, matte appearance that is highly anti-reflective. It is powered by the Sellita-based self-winding BR-CAL.302 and is optioned on a black rubber or black synthetic fabric strap with bead-blasted steel pin buckle.