Introducing Bell & Ross BR03-92 Red Radar CeramicBy Bhanu Chopra
The first Red Radar watch from Bell & Ross, the BR01 Radar, was released in 2010. In 2011, the Red Radar was added to this range. Its dial was topped with a highly unusual red sapphire crystal. Its conceptual quirkiness quickly captured the imagination of B&R devotees and it became both an instant hit and a clever rule breaker.
The design was similar to that of an aircraft radar. The graphics accurately reproduced the scanning motion of the light beam on a radar screen to stunning effect. The bright red crystal topping the dial was designed to look just like a flight control instrument.
It remained a Bell & Ross best seller for years to come, so it’s not surprising that anticipation for the new edition of the Red Radar concept is intense. The new BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic is also inspired by a radar screen and brings its own innovative reinterpretation to the watch display.
The Red Radar Ceramic takes the same innovative radar screen concept of the Red Radar and adds a new and even more playful dynamic.
Two concentric discs fuse with the dial replacing the hour and minute hands. The discs move two tiny screen printed planes. There’s a passenger plane on the outermost disc showing the hours. And a fighter plane on the smaller disc showing the minutes. Meanwhile, an analogue central hand sweeps over the dial showing the seconds.
Two ultra-light discs had to be designed to preserve the power reserve. The assembly of each of these components was fine-tuned to the nearest micron to avoid friction.
The two rotating discs take the place of conventional hands while the two stylised planes replace the traditional arrows. The passenger plane travels slower than the fighter plane. The passenger plane disc completes one lap of the dial in 12 hours, while the fighter plane disc completes a lap in sixty minutes.
On the lower level are the discs and the planes, on the upper level is the hour scale printed on the inside of the sapphire crystal.
The familiar 42mm watch case is that of the BR-03 series made from robust matt black scratch-proof ceramic topped with a red sapphire crystal.
You don’t have to be able to read a radar screen to predict that the third addition to the Bell & Ross Red Radar family, the BR-03-92 Red Radar Ceramic, is destined to become another prized collector’s item among Bell & Ross fans and aficionados.
The first edition remained a best seller for a long time, and this new version takes the concept a lot further with the innovative two-disc system. This new piece forms part of the B&R Flight Instruments Collection first introduced in 2005.
The new B&R BR03 Red Radar Ceramic is limited to just 999 pieces, which means the watch is likely to sell out faster than a UFO flitting across a radar screen.
Movement: BR-CAL.302. automatic (Base Sellita SW 300-1), 38 hours power reserve
Case: 42mm, black matt ceramic
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds
Strap: Ultra-resilient black rubber
Price: USD 4,300
Availability: Buy now on bellross.com