It has been awhile since Bell & Ross looked into the cockpit of an airplane for inspiration. The past few years saw them venture out on land, into the sea and even outer space to bring exciting timepieces to the market. However, with the new Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Bi-Compass, they are taking a time machine back to 2005 when they first had the idea of turning the gauges of a plane’s cockpit into wristwatches.
For the long-time fans and collectors of the brand, this piece could very well be the continuation of the few pieces Bell & Ross did a couple of years back where they directly referenced various instruments; this included altimeters, gyroscopes and more.
For the Bi-Compass, they chose to reference a radio compass which is basically a device that utilises a ground signal and allows the pilots to know their bearing in relative to this fixed point. The actual watch however does nothing of the sort but rather takes the extreme legibility element of the instrument and applies it to the dial.
At a single glance, the most noticeable element of the BR 03-92 Bi-Compass is the fact that the timekeeping information – hours and minutes – have been split into two distinct tracks. The hour indications are in a Munsell green (blue-green) hue while all the information for the minutes are in an off-white colour. Through this colour coordination, the watch is extremely easy to read in the daytime; and because the lume has also been done to use two different colours, its easy to read the time at night too.
One of the more interesting bits of the watch comes in the form of the hour hand, which is actually a rotating disc set in the center of the dial. In order to ensure that the Bi-Compass could retain its power reserve and precision, the disc had to be made from an ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight material that could still hold out under the pressures of day-to-day use.
For the first time ever, Bell & Ross Malaysia is unveiled this piece in the country before the actual Baselworld fair. The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Bi-Compass can be pre-ordered at MYR16,000 and is limited to only 999 pieces worldwide.