Watch of the Week: Bell & Ross BR 03-93 GMT

French watchmaker Bell & Ross bought its begin when watch designers and “aeronautical management panel specialists” (the individuals who design devices for airplane cockpits) teamed as much as create a extremely legible, ultra-tough look ahead to navy pilots and others who work in excessive environments. Practically 30 years later, aviation nonetheless exerts a robust affect on the corporate’s timepieces. That’s very true with its GMT watches—a kind of watch initially developed for jet pilots. The corporate’s newest GMT timepiece, BR 03-93 GMT, leans into that historical past with a brand new bi-directional bezel and an iconic black-and-red “Coke” colorway.

“Bell & Ross continues to strengthen its bond to the world of aviation with the BR 03-93 GMT,” says Males’s Journal trend editor Kevin Breen. “Whereas sustaining its iconic sq. form, the brand new model focuses on operate and legibility.”

The brand new bezel is a particular spotlight on this watch. In contrast to earlier Bell & Ross GMT timepieces, the BR 03-93 combines a sq. case with a bi-directional rotating 24-hour bezel (together with a devoted 24-hour hand, this enables the wearer to set and monitor time in a number of time zones directly). The black-and-red colorway is a nod to GMT historical past: The 2-tone sample is called a “Coke” colorway, and it’s an indicator of the well-known Rolex GMT-Master and GMT-Master II watches.

Bell & Ross BR 03-93 GMT
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There are many references to aviation on this watch: The 42mm sq. case is an apparent one—its distinctive form and uncovered screws recall the design of the analog devices present in every kind of plane—and the black dial and white indices additionally reference the muted, utilitarian coloration patterns of plane dials and gauges. Even with the splash of crimson on the bezel and the 24-hour hand, it seems prefer it was pulled proper out of a cockpit.

Like different Bell & Ross watches, the BR 03-93 was designed for optimum legibility and performance. Giant numerals stand out on the dial, and the fingers and indices all function a Tremendous LumiNova coating for simple studying at nighttime. The watch is able to displaying three totally different time zones and the present date (a date window is positioned between the four and 5 o’clock positions). Knurling on the crown makes it straightforward to grip for fast time changes, and though water is normally one thing pilots attempt to keep away from, the watch can be water-proof as much as 100 meters, simply in case.

It’s powered by an computerized motion for dependable timekeeping, and it comes with two band choices: calfskin leather-based or a rugged artificial cloth. Though one is unquestionably extra refined than the opposite, each straps let the daring angles of the polished metal case shine.

“This watch is a wonderful possibility for the worldwide traveler,” says Breen, “or for anybody with family members unfold throughout the globe.”

[$4,200; bellross.com]

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