Since the very beginning, Bell & Ross has used aviation’s iconic features in the design of its watches. Now the premium watchmaker has designed two limited-edition time pieces inspired by their AeroGT concept car called the BR 03-92 AeroGT and BR 03-94 AeroGT.
Both the BR 03 AeroGT watches and the AeroGT concept car are ultra-technical and high-performance. These watches feature a steel case that recalls the fuselage-style body of the AeroGT project. For even greater strength, the designer boosted the proportions and shapes of these models to give them a sportier and more streamlined look. Their crowns are made using red aluminum, an extremely light alloy often used in sports cars.
Their open-worked dials are formed from layers to give them an intriguing impression of depth. Meanwhile, the skeletonized mechanism of these BR 03 AeroGT watches has been designed to allow a glimpse through the movement while making them lighter. This reduction work can also be seen in racing cars. For these watches, the aim was to highlight the sophistication and beauty of the watch motor. The AeroGT concept car also allows its mechanics to be admired, which are housed under a smoked glass window.
The BR 03-94 AeroGT is the direct expression of the AeroGT concept car and this very contemporary-looking chronograph watch is the archetypal driver’s watch. Its mechanism is devoted to measuring short time intervals. The skeletonized dial features metal hour-markers. The two chronograph counters on a grey-tinted crystal display the hours and half hours. Meanwhile the large hand at the center of the dial shows the seconds. The whole is completed by a tachymeter scale.
This watch function is used to calculate the speed of a car. To ensure continued good visibility, even when driving at night in a downpour, the hour-markers and hands are coated with photo luminescent material. Also to improve legibility, the hands of the chronograph are red-cultured. The aluminum start push-button is also painted red to encourage action. A date function can be found at 3 o’clock.
BR 03-92 AeroGT on the other hand is also powered by a skeletonized mechanism. It presents a central hour, minute and seconds display. The seconds’ hand is cultured red, as is the small fixed triangle indicating 12 o’clock. The latter recalls the dashboard counters of GT sports cars.
Both watches feature black quilted leather straps reminiscent of luxury car interiors. Their micro-perforations and red top stitching recall the seats of sportscars.
Both of these watches will be limited to 500 pieces. It retails for RM22,900 for the BR03-92 Aero GT and RM36,800 for the BR03-94 Aero GT in Malaysia.
For more info about these two watches, visit BR03 AeroGT microsit at http://www.