The quintessential Bell & Ross aviation-instrument wristwatch has been given a winter camouflage outfit – the BR 03-92 White Camo has a black ceramic case with a high-contrast, winter-camo pattern dial. And in keeping with B&R’s frequent iteration of military themes, this is also the third BR 03-92 dressed in camouflage, having been preceded by black and green variants.
Though popular in streetwear, white camouflage is unusual in watches. Compared with the preceding versions, the White Camo model has a more lively look that is distinctly less military looking. It is perhaps the most striking watch in the current BR 03 line-up, alongside the Full Lum.
In typical Bell & Ross style, the dial, and especially the case, are well executed. The dial, for instance, has a sandwich construction: the upper dial has cut-outs for the numerals, allowing the lower disc clad in luminescent material to shine through. And the case is neatly-machined black ceramic, secured by four screws in a, well, sandwich-like construction.
Arguably the only average bit is the Sellita SW300 inside. A clone of the tried-and-tested ETA 2892, the movement is perfectly appropriate for the US$3,800 price tag, which also makes this one of the more affordable ceramic-case watches. Added to that a simple but recognisable design, and the White Camo is a rather appealing proposition for an accessibly-priced sports watch.
White and black
Being black ceramic, the case recedes into the background, directing attention to the dial, an effect that would be lost with a steel case. Striking but not overly flashy, the dial works thanks to the muted colours – although the winter camo strap provided makes for a flashy combination. And the smallish date window is discreet, with a small limited edition emblem on the opposite side of the dial aiding the symmetry.
Notably, the case is the work G&F Chatelain, a specialist owned by Chanel, which also owns Bell & Ross. Chatelain also produces cases for high-end watchmakers like MB&F, and that’s evident in the fit and finish in all the ceramic cases used by Bell & Ross.
Key facts and price
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 White Camo
Diameter: 42 mm
Water resistance: 100 m
Movement: BR-CAL.302 (Sellita SW300)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, and date
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Strap: Calfskin with camouflage pattern and additional black rubber strap; both with PVD-coated pin buckle
Limited edition: 999 pieces
Availability: Now at Bell & Ross’ online shop, boutiques, and authorised retailers
Price: US$3,800; or 5,600 Singapore dollars
For more, visit bellross.com
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