Unveiled last year but finally ready for showtime this year is the interesting Bell & Ross
BR01-92 Radar watch. A glance at the unique piece immediately allows you to understand it. The watch dial is done in a manner similar to a radar - using three discs instead of hands with brightly colored indicators on them to serve as the hands. The inner most disc with the green marker is for the seconds, then the middle disc with the red marker for the hours, and finally the outer disc with the yellow marker for the minutes. The cross-hair style indicators are applied to the sapphire crystal and assist with legibility as well as creating that real radar look. While the appeal of the Radar watch is niche, it is a good addition to the Bell & Ross family as a limited edition pieces that will certainly have some appeal.
So why did the watch take a full year longer to be released than was expected? It has to do with the hands and the base ETA 2892 automatic movement. The discs weigh much more than hands and are subject to a lot more friction. As such, it was a complex engineering feat to ensure that the watch was accurate and long lasting. As such, the discs needed to be made as light in weight as possible, with extremely low tolerances for manufacturing deviation. The Radar watch uses the standard 46mm wide PVD black steel Bell & Ross BR01 case. It comes with a rubber strap and is 100 meters watch resistant. Certainly an acquired taste, but with a limited edition of just 100 pieces, I think Bell & Ross will find enough takers. Should be available in stores this summer.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review