Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Military Ceramic ¶
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In the past few years Bell & Ross has been testing the waters with several watches made of or with ceramic. The BR-03 White Ceramic and BR-S Ceramic models are examples that pleased many watch buyers. These buyers are in search of the quality of high-end watches adorned with the unique esthetic characteristics of ceramic. At the Baselworld 2010 fair in Switzerland, a new Bell & Ross ceramic watch was released that takes advantage of this hot substance in ways that are more suited to the company's design philosophy. The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Military Ceramic showcases the material's technical qualities alongside its esthetic qualities.
Anyone who has been to MattBaily.ca or the Matt Baily Boutique in Montreal, has likely notice the Bell & Ross watches and in turn the square, BR Instrument models. The square case is quite noticeable and needs little introduction, so here is a quick run down of the specs. The BR-03 case is a 42mm square, with a sapphire crystal, 4 structural screws on the top, 100 meter water resistance rating, crown engraved with the company's ampersand logo, and is equipped with screw-locking pins that hold the straps in place and are easily handled by a specialized set of Bell & Ross tools that comes with every instrument watch. Now we present the aspects of the BR 03-92 Military Ceramic that sets it apart from all the other BR 03s that came before it.
Ceramic is often linked to pottery or obsolete, traditional tools, but there is a great range of materials that can be considered ceramic. Of these, many are used in some of humanity's most advanced technical fields like aerospace engineering and bio-medical implants. This is the type of ceramic used to create the watch in question. There are numerous technical advantages to this material and they are transposed perfectly to watchmaking. The most important is hardness. While almost as light as titanium, the ceramic used to make this BR 03-92 is extremely hard to scratch and can sometimes even be harder than the anti-scratch sapphire crystal used on luxury watches. In the case that you are able to damage your ceramic case, the khaki green colour will be seen throughout it. This is because ceramic can have colour dissolved in it rather then having to coat or treat the surface only. One other important advantage of ceramic occurs in its capacity as an insulator. While this offers an arsenal of uses in many fields, for the owner of a ceramic watch it translates to a timepiece that is always warm to the touch, even outdoors in cold weather.
Now that we appreciate all the technical advances that are making ceramic watches ever more popular, it is easy to see how they go hand in hand with the high-tech, combative spirit of the BR 03-92 Ceramic Military. In order to relay this, Bell & Ross uses the timepiece to "celebrate the art of Military Camouflage." The khaki green colour of the case and the canvas strap reflects the colour sported by many military personnel and vehicles. The sapphire crystal is also lightly tinted with a green hue that makes the numerals and hands of the dial look light green. This subtle detail is more noticeable when looking at the watch from the side. The only metal parts of the case are the crown, four structural screws visible from the top, and the screws that hold the strap in place, which are all coated with the company's proprietary black "Carbon Finish." This Instrument looks at home over a pair of flying gloves as much as it does combined with jeans and a t-shirt.
The BR 03-92 Military Ceramic is one of the Bell & Ross watches that best captures the company's philosophy to create luxury timepieces that are fit for rugged, professional use. It incorporates as many technical advantages as it does esthetically pleasing qualities.
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