The French Watch manufacturer Bell & Ross have taken its aviation inspired watch range to a new height with its BR 01 Horizon watch, symbolic to the altitude indicator, an aeronautical instrument installed in an aircraft cockpit. True to its aviation inspired design philosophy, Bell & Ross designers has once again gone beyond the traditional concept of reading time, and have emulated the traditional instrument’s graphic design and popped out the BR 01 Horizon, turning the watch into an aircraft cockpit. An edition limited to 999 pieces, the BR 01 Horizon got an original and innovative display, and is the first watch in the series inspired by an essential air navigation instrument, altitude indicator.
Speaking of the technical characteristic of this watch; face of the watch boasts a dial on two levels and its design is similar to the original instrument. The dial in the background separated by a white horizon line making 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock axis, comprises of two parts, one representing the sky in gray color and other representing the earth in black. With the index marks, the raised dial in the foreground provides optimal clarity of the hour graduations.
Further, a bridge at the 12 o’clock conceals the hands attachment, and is symbolic to the shape of aeronautical instrument. Between these two levels, the two hands with different shapes represent the hours and minute functions. Both these hands remain visible through a window at 12 o’clock, when the time guidelines will disappear below the bridge. The two hands with its oscillating movement and minimalist graphic design also echoes the original gauge style.
In addition, the index marks and the hands are covered in a white colored photo-luminescent coating that contrasts with the black of the dial, and echoes the principles of professionally used aviation instruments. The matte black carbon finished anti-glare, inspired by instrument panel’s color is designed to eliminate the glare, making the dial easier to read.
The watch case is stainless steel with a diameter of 46 mm, and is water resistance for up to 100 meters. The BR 01 Horizon comes with black heavy duty canvas and black rubber straps.
Also Awaited is the Bell & Ross Baselworld 2012 edition, we will keep you posted