Bell & Ross returns to the eye-catching Red Radar, first launched in 2011. This novelty is now in a ceramic case, with the iconic red radar screen. Introducing the BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic.
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Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic
Retail price: SGD 5900 / USD 4300 / Euros 3900. Available online at this link. The watch is delivered in both black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric straps.
When it was released in 2011, the famous Red Radar captured imaginations. It broke the rules. Its design – very similar to an aircraft radar – was surprising and spectacular in equal measure.
Its graphics reproduced the scanning motion of the light beam on a radar screen with stunning realism. The bright red crystal topping the dial is reminiscent of the flight control instrument. It was a phenomenal success at the time and remained one of the brand’s best-sellers for a long time.
The Red Radar Ceramic revisits the innovative display of the Red Radar, with a more realistic, playful look. 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.
The hour scale is screen-printed on the inside (back) of the sapphire crystal, and so is well protected from impacts and abrasions.
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 a 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 principle is very simple. The two rotating discs on this ground-breaking display take the place of the conventional hands. The two stylised planes replace the traditional arrows :
- The passenger plane travels on the large, outermost disc, showing the hours.
- The fighter plane flies on the smaller-diameter disc, nearer the centre of the dial, showing the minutes.
- A slim, analogue central hand accompanies these two planes, showing the seconds. The passenger plane travels more slowly than the fighter plane, as it does in reality. The former completes one lap of the dial in 12 hours, the latter in sixty minutes.
- Ultimately, there are two levels on the display :
- lower level: the discs, the planes.
- upper level: the hour scale printed on the inside of the sapphire crystal. The large red hand navigates between the two.
Bell & Ross Flight Instruments Collection
The new BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic forms part of the brand’s Flight Instruments collection. This range includes around a dozen exclusive timepieces. Each revisits the graphics of aircraft navigation instruments, transposing these to the watch, thereby offering a new way to read the time. These are timepieces and not actual radars or altimeters.
It all started back in 2005, with the launch of the iconic R 01, which was reminiscent of a jet cockpit clock. This legendary timepiece was the first to feature the famous Bell & Ross case: a circle within a square. This range also includes the Radar collection. The first in this line – the BR 01 Radar – made its appearance in 2010. It was the first to feature an innovative display with rotating discs. In 2011, the Red Radar was added to this range. Its dial was topped with a mysterious red sapphire crystal.
This year, the BR 03-92 Red Radar, in ceramic, is the third addition to this successful family.
REF. BR0392-RRDR-CE/SRB Specifications
Movement: BR-CAL.302. Automatic mechanical. Crystal: sapphire with red anti-reflective coating and red painted numerals and indices.
Functions: hours, minutes and seconds. Water-resistance: 100 metres.
Case:42 mm in width. Matt black ceramic. Strap: black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric.
Dial: black. Centre minute disc and outer hour disc with small red aircraft markings. Red painted seconds hand.
Buckle: pin. Steel with black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish.