The adventurous appeal of Bell & Ross is cemented to an undeniable strength with the largest iteration, the BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze which gloriously evokes the first underwater explorations of the brand with a modern flair. The timepiece launched at Watches and Wonders 2023 announces a new chapter in the Bell & Ross nautical odyssey.
Setting its mission on exploring the underwater universes, the BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze is a piece of precise and effective equipment expressing the summit of the form following the function approach.
The BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze watch features a bronze case and a pearl white dial.
Conquering the oceanic depths
In terms of underwater dweller timepieces, Bell & Ross has carved a solid repute right from the inception of its watch Hydromax in 1997. This timepiece achieved a world record for perfect water tightness to a depth of 11,100 meters made possible by perfectly filling the case with a patented transparent fluorinated oil.
A decade later, a second diver’s watch emerges, with the BR 02 collection dedicated specifically to aquatic adventures. The watch’s barrel-shaped case is easily recognizable and the watch features a helium decompression valve and an ultra-resistant domed sapphire crystal.
The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 diver model of 2017 was the inceptive square watch case in the Manufacture’s dive watch collection. Part of the BR 03 family of instrument watches for professionals and civilians alike, this timepiece perfectly reinterprets the functionality of fighter plane dashboards, featuring the signature “round within a square” case.
In 2018, Bell & Ross added a remarkable new variation by cutting the 42 x 42mm square case in bronze: a material historically linked to maritime explorations. This robust material finds its way in the latest release at Watches and Wonders 2023 with the BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze.
Bronze: A material with life
As a constantly evolving material, Bronze is ideally suited for nautical environments as it is a non-ferrous metal alloy consisting mainly of copper.
Bronze watches are like fine wines: they evolve and acquire a patina unique to each wearer.
The BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze uses an alloy of CuSn8, composed of 92% copper and 8% tin. Its tone is visually quite close to the classic fittings of old sailboats and classic yachts while overlapping with the types of bronze so prized today by contemporary designers and architects.
A professional diving watch in every sense of the word
The utilitarian aesthetic of the BR 03 family of professional timepieces at Bell & Ross adorns a perfectly befitting aquatic appeal with the launch of the BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze at Watches and Wonders. The timepiece is compliant with international standard ISO-6425 ratings making it a ‘certified dive watch’.
The BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze features a case perfectly water-resistant to 300 meters. This model is available in a limited edition of 999 pieces and houses a 25-jewel BR-CAL.302 mechanical self-winding movement, beating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
A watch that is contemporary at its core
With its sophisticated, neo-retro allure, the new BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze doesn’t shy from being modern. Its sophisticated construction is highlighted by the four parts assembled with screws, a unidirectional rotating bezel in polished bronze fitted with a brown aluminum ring as well as the screw-down telescopic crown, completed by the soft iron cage that protects against magnetism.
The opaline silver dial with its soft, pearly hue truly stands out as a graceful adornment set within a heavily utilitarian package while being legible at depths of 300m.
In no way nostalgic, this elegant, refined diver’s watch is just as much in its element in modern city life as it is deep under the waves.