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KNOWN as the ul­ti­mate brand that pi­lots, as­tro­nauts, deep-sea divers and bomb dis­posal squads rely on, Bell & Ross watches are made to with­stand the most de­mand­ing and rugged con­di­tions.

With time be­ing of essence for these pro­fes­sion­als, ev­ery de­sign de­tail on a Bell & Ross is em­bed­ded for a rea­son. There is no space for fri­vol­ity.

Cre­ated in 1992 by Bruno Be­lamich and Car­los A. Rosillo – from which the brand name is de­rived – Bell & Ross draws its in­spi­ra­tion from the his­tory of avi­a­tion and the mil­i­tary spec­i­fi­ca­tions that ac­com­pany it, each time car­ry­ing out a tech­ni­cal or vis­ual feat to pro­duce an in­stru­ment of the high­est qual­ity.

Be­lamich, an in­dus­trial de­signer, part­nered with Rosillo, a busi­ness­man, and worked with a team of watch de­sign­ers and aero­nau­ti­cal con­trol panel spe­cial­ists to cre­ate timepieces per­fectly suited for pro­fes­sional use, meet­ing the de­mands of men fac­ing ex­treme sit­u­a­tions.

The watches are cre­ated un­der three col­lec­tions, namely Vin­tage, In­stru­ment and Marine.

Its new­est in­stru­ment pieces are the Bell & Ross BR S-92 for women, which is pow­ered by the BR-CAL.302 cal­i­bre, and BR 03-94 for men which is sup­ported by the BR-CAL.301 au­to­matic me­chan­i­cal move­ment.

The BR S col­lec­tion was in­tro­duced in 2008, ap­peal­ing to women, with the “S” in­dica­tive of a smaller, sleeker and smarter de­sign at 39mm di­am­e­ter.

Con­form­ing to the brand’s DNA, the BR 03 range was en­gi­neered specif­i­cally for men in mil­i­tary. In­ter­est­ingly, this range has also at­tracted a strong fe­male fol­low­ing.

The BR S-92 and BR 03-94 in­cor­po­rate a date po­si­tioned be­tween 4 and 5 o’clock, and they are both wa­ter re­sis­tant for up to 100 me­tres.

Both mod­els also adopt the brand’s sig­na­ture square shaped case made of satin-pol­ished steel, com­plete with an anti-re­flec­tive sap­phire crys­tal glass.

They come in a black or blue dial, in­clud­ing metal skele­ton Su­per­lu­mi­nova-filled hour and minute hands.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween the Bell & Ross BR S-92 and BR 03-94 is that the lat­ter in­cludes the chrono­graph func­tion that pro­vides a 30-minute timer at 9 o’clock, and a tachymeter scale on the flange.

The BR S-92 comes in a 39mm di­am­e­ter and a black or blue al­li­ga­tor strap, with a pin and buckle clasp, while the BR 03-94 comes in a 42mm di­am­e­ter and a choice of black leather or blue calf­skin strap.

The BR S-92 in black steel comes in a 39mm di­am­e­ter and is smaller and sleeker, ap­peal­ing to women.

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