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Bell & Ross and J Something, in association with Mesh, an exclusive new club in Rosebank, invited a select few VIP clients to experience a night of luxury timepieces, a live music performance by Micasa, and the unveiling of exclusive new art pieces.

Guests were welcomed to the trendy and exclusive private club, MESH. Africa’s first curated members club for entrepreneurs to meet and work in the day and connect and socialize in the evenings. Not just a pretty space, but a community that facilitates connections and collaborations in an authentic way. It’s for leaders that are restless, spoilt for choice and hungry for unique experiences. The venue presented the perfect space for an intimate gathering, where guests could network amongst an exclusive group of influential people.

Bell & Ross, well recognized for their iconic aviation inspired timepieces, set up an intimate area for their guests to experience the new novelties from Baselworld 2017, and reveal the long awaited new BR03-92 DIVER timepiece. In 1997, Bell & Ross became the leader in professional diving watches with the launch of the HYDROMAX®, an iconic model which still holds one of the most impressive records in the history of diving watch production. This year, with a wealth of experience in the aeronautical and military domains, master watchmakers, designers and seasoned divers joined forces to create a new professional diving instrument. Building on the strong links forged with the maritime world, Bell & Ross unveiled an all new diving watch featuring the brand’s iconic square case: the BR 03-92 Diver, the first square diving watch created by the brand that offers water resistance to 300 meters.

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FORMIDABLE BY NATURE!

Surging from the intricacies of the movement, between the hours and minutes hands, the MEMO function indicator and the sprung balance, the Pantherophis snake defies all challengers with its piercing eyes.

In terms of horological complications, the Maestro Pantherophis once again illustrates the creative audacity cultivated by Christophe Claret. Witness the patented large date display at 5 o’clock, composed of two cones – one for the tens on the upper part and the second for the units – and performing a semi-instantaneous jump between midnight and twenty past midnight. As if to echo the 3D effect of this voluminous date display, the Maestro’s characteristic MEMO function appears between 3 and 4 o’clock. Inspired by the expression “tie a knot in your handkerchief” to help one remember something important, the MEMO is an ingenious mechanical reminder intended for absent-minded individuals as well as fans of technical gadgets.

This new version of Maestro, with a black PVD-treated titanium fitted with an orange Pantherophis snakeskin strap, is available in a limited edition of 28 pieces. The snake coils around the movement, its body is in 4N rose gold and meticulously hand-engraved.

 

Technical Specifications

  • Limited to 28 pieces
  • Caliber: DMC16, mechanical hand-wound
  • Power reserve: 7 days (approx. 168 hours)
  • MEMO function between 3 and 4 o’clock: cone shape adorned with a sapphire and a diamond serving to remind the wearer of a commitment
  • Diameter: 42 mm
  • Thickness: 16.06 mm
  • Water resistance: 30 m (3 ATM)
  • Case: Black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium
  • Hands: Black chrome-plated, orange-lacquered sapphire with Super-LumiNova®
  • Snake: 4N pink gold, hand-painted (orange)
  • Crown: Black PVD-treated stainless steel, with cabochon-cut orange sapphire
  • Strap: Orange Pantherophis snakeskin

 

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A NEW WATCHMAKING ADVENTURE TAKES TO THE SKIES

As the Bell & Ross design studio unveils the BR-Bird, a flying machine that features spectacular lines, two new Racing Bird watches inspired by this aircraft have become the symbols of the brand’s passion for aviation and creativity.

The Bell & Ross adventure started in a cockpit with watch designs that were directly inspired by flight instruments and the golden age of aviation. This journey continues to this day on the wrist, naturally, but now it also returns to the skies on the wings of the BR-Bird. While the on-board instruments set the standard for legibility, precision and reliability, the entire history of aviation serves as a powerful inspiration for Bell & Ross.

 

After designing racing cars inspired by aeronautical shapes, Bell & Ross has now designed a plane of its own! It should come as no surprise that it is a high-speed plane capable of competing in the Reno Air Races in record-breaking style.

 

TWO WATCHES INSPIRED BY THE BR-BIRD

This identity of speed and performance is evident in the design of the three-hand and chronograph Racing Bird watches. These timepieces share their aesthetic choices with the racing aircraft designed by the Bell & Ross studio, particularly the color code: The dial is white, like the fuselage of the plane. The numerals, bezel, chronograph counter and strap are blue, like the empennage and decorative elements tracing the aerodynamic lines of the BR-Bird. The central second hand, details on the dial and lining of the leather strap are orange, like the color highlighting the most important information on the flight instruments. The timer is grey, reminiscent of the chequered flag used in speed competitions, like the Bell & Ross logo on the wings and flanks of the aircraft.

 

 

The numerals use the same typography as onboard counters, the date window shows three numerals –a reference to flight instrumentation. The final touch is the silhouette of the aircraft on the case back and at the base of the second hand (on the three-hand version) and the second timer (on the chronograph version). With a 38.5 mm steel case for the BRV1-92 and a 41 mm for the BRV2-94, both versions have a self-winding mechanical movement.

With their graphic design and style, these limited edition BRV1 and BRV2 Racing Bird watches are starting a new chapter in a saga that weaves together Bell & Ross and aviation history, performance, extreme professionals… and passion.

Technical specifications

BRV1-92 Racing Bird – Limited to 999 pieces

  • Movement: calibre BR-CAL.302. Automatic mechanical.
  • Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds and date at 3 o’clock.
  • Water-resistance: 100 metres.
  • Case: 38.5 mm in diameter. Satin-polished steel.
  • Strap: blue calfskin with orange lining.
  • Dial: white. Blue painted numerals. Metal skeleton Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.
  • Buckle: pin. Steel.

 

 

 

BRV2-94 Racing Bird – Limited to 999 pieces

  • Movement: calibre BR-CAL.301. Automatic mechanical.
  • Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds and date at 3 o’clock.
  • Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds.
  • Water-resistance: 100 metres.
  • Case: 41 mm in diameter. Satin-polished steel. Steel bezel with anodised blue aluminium ring and tachymeter scale. Screw-down crown and push-buttons. Sapphire case-back.
  • Strap: satin-polished steel or blue calfskin with orange lining.
  • Dial: white. Blue painted numerals. Metal skeleton Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands.
  • Buckle: folding. Satin-polished steel.

 

 

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Le Locle, March 13th – Ulysse Nardin, watchmaker of the oceans, is proud to announce its partnership with free diver and photographer Buyle. Underwater explorer, Buyle has spent most of the last three decades beneath the surface of the seas capturing images in the watery depths with just a camera, available light and one breath of air.

Sunlight, water, air. Fred Buyle is using his underwater photography to change the way we see the seas. Thanks to his bold exploration, we can marvel at the icebergs of Antarctica from an orca’s point of view, swim with sharks, and look up from 60m below the surface at the sun shining through the water.

Without disrupting the fragile marine environment, Buyle uses his artistic background to capture little-seen animals of the deep on film, tagging them for biologists in the process. Able to reach 60m on one lungful of air with his camera, his images are taken with natural light and one breath of air. Belgian-born Buyle is specialized in capturing images of sharks in their natural habitats, without a protective cage, diving freely with iconic species such as hammerheads, tigers and even great white sharks.

To accompany Buyle into the ocean depths, Ulysse Nardin has created the Diver Deep Dive, a robust, functional sports watch, water resistant to 1000 meters. “At a time when our mobility is changing so much, it’s great to be able to carry an object with you all the time that says so much about who you are”, says Patrick Pruniaux. CEO of Ulysse Nardin. Powered by the in-house UN-320 caliber it has everything a serious diver needs: a helium escape valve, removable titanium guard, an expandable, adjustable rubber strap and a large bezel with 12-nothed teeth for easy manipulation. even with diving gloves. Fifteen sharks adorn the dial and one more is stamped on the back. A reminder that man is only a visitor in the ocean’s depths; the seas belong first to the animals.

“Three things have fascinated me since I was small kid: bicycles, sailboats and mechanical watches. The three share one technical aspect, natural energy and a little bit of magic”, said Buyle.

Bold, respectful and talented, Fred Buyle has not finished surprising us.

Technical Specifications – Diver Deep Dive

  • Reference: 3203-500LE-3/93-HAMMER
  • Limited Edition: 300 pieces
  • Movement: Calibre UN-320 Manufacture Movement with Ulysse Nardin certificate Silicium spiral and anchor escapement
  • Power reserve: Around 48 hours
  • Winding: Automatic
  • Functions: H/M/s/D. Date at 3 o’clock, front and back date corrector, Small seconds counter at 5 o’clock. Automatic screw-on decompression valve system at 9 o’clock
  • Case: Titanium
  • Bezel: Rotating, unidirectional, made of titanium, partially covered with rubber
  • Dial: Blue with hammerhead pattern, Luminescent hands and hour markers
  • Diameter: 46 mm
  • Crown: At 2 o’clock, with removable crown guard in titanium. Hammerhead shark pattern on the side
  • Water Resistance: 1000 m
  • Crystal: Crystal sapphire with anti-reflection treatment
  • Caseback: Stainless steel, stamped with hammerhead design
  • Strap: Rubber strap with expandable element (spring that adjusts according to water depth), Folding clasp.
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A DIVER COLLECTION SET TO MAKE WAVES

The square diving watch from Bell & Ross becomes a collection in its own right When it presented its first square diving watch in 2017, Bell & Ross confirmed its ability to produce professional underwater instruments. Following on from the Hydromax designed in 1997 and water-resistant to 11,100 meters, and the BR02 range launched in 2007, the BR03-92 Diver made a strong impression on the diving world with its iconic lines. This watch was the starting point of an entire collection, which is now expanding to include two new versions, the BR03-92 Diver Blue and the BR03-92 Diver Bronze.

Symbolizing the sea, blue was chosen as the color of this new version of the BR03-92 Diver. Beyond its blue dial, rubber strap and aluminum insert on the bezel, this BR03-92 Diver Blue version aims to achieve maximum legibility with indices coated in White SuperLuminova® and a yellow hour hand. Underwater, the colors vanish one after the other due to the loss of light intensity. The yellow hour hand will therefore fade away to give precedence to the minute hand, which must be visible to ensure the diver’s safety. This new color combination, paired with the emblematic square shape of the BR collections, gives the BR03-92 Diver Blue a sporty yet attractive aesthetic.

 

LIMITED EDITION OF 999 PIECES

The second new addition to the BR03-92 Diver collection evokes the historical roots of underwater exploration. Its case and bezel are made from bronze, a material used in the past for diving helmets. Although inalterable, bronze can also form a patina with time depending on its environment, gaining a unique shade over the years.

This allusion to the origins of underwater adventures can be seen on the case-back thanks to an engraving of a diver. The aged leather strap confirms the watch’s authentic vintage spirit, but can be replaced with a rubber strap for use while diving. Boasting exceptional technical and aesthetic qualities, this model is issued as a limited edition of 999 pieces.

 

Given their military associations, Bell & Ross watches have always met the strictest requirements. Dedicated to aeronautics, the navy or special units such as GIGN (special operations unit of the French National Gendarmerie), RAID (Search, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence Unit of the French National Police Force) and bomb disposal experts, every Bell & Ross watch is designed in accordance with its own, often extreme, environment. In the diving world, the BR03-92 Diver Blue and BR03-92 Diver Bronze have been developed to be measurement tools perfectly capable of contending with the ocean depths. Legible, accurate and reliable, they are efficient companions to divers under any conditions and meet the specific requirements of underwater use, in addition to their Bell & Ross design.

 

 

THE ISO 6425 STANDARD: SAFETY FIRST

Not every watch can be an “underwater watch”. Official regulations set out very precise criteria defining a true diving watch. The ISO 6425 standard lists a great number of obligatory technical parameters, which include water-resistance to a minimum depth of 100 meters; the presence of a unidirectional rotating bezel with a graduated scale, an operation indicator and luminescent markers; legibility in the dark, and anti-shock and anti-magnetic protection. The new BR03-92 Diver Blue and BR03-92 Diver Bronze completely meet these requirements, and go even further than the requisite minimums, featuring a waterresistance of 300 meters.

Technical specifications

BR03-92 Diver Blue

  • Movement: calibre BR-CAL.302. Automatic mechanical.
  • Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds and date.
  • Water-resistance: 300 metres.
  • Case: 42 mm diameter. Satin-polished steel. Unidirectional rotating steel bezel with 60 minute scale and blue anodised aluminium insert.
  • Straps: blue rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric.
  • Dial: blue. Appliqué metal indices with Super-LumiNova® inserts. Metal skeletonised Super-LumiNova®-filled hands.
  • Buckle: pin. Satin-polished steel.

 

BR03-92 Diver Bronze

  • Movement: calibre BR-CAL.302. Automatic mechanical.
  • Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds and date.
  • Water-resistance: 300 metres.
  • Case: 42 mm diameter. Satin-polished CuSn8 bronze. Unidirectional rotating solid bronze bezel with 60-minute scale.
  • Straps: brown calfskin and black rubber.
  • Dial: black. Gold-plated appliqué indices with Super-LumiNova® inserts. Gold-plated skeletonised Super-LumiNova®-filled hands.
  • Buckle: pin. Bronze.
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Werner Aisslinger has designed a new watch in collaboration with NOMOS Glashütte for the new neomatik date caliber. Distinct, with clear lines and perfect surfaces—its name: Autobahn

NOMOS Glashütte is presenting a new sporty automatic watch with a date at Baselworld 2018. Equipped with the new, innovative NOMOS neomatik date caliber (DUW 6101), this self-assured timepiece also introduces a completely new look: Werner Aisslinger, the world renowned product designer, has designed the model in collaboration with NOMOS Glashütte. Its name is Autobahn.

“I love speed,” says the designer. Everything about this timepiece expresses movement: The dial for instance, which transitions from curve to curve, once around the edge and again on the sub-seconds dial. The elongated date window at six o’clock displays three days at once—yesterday, today, and tomorrow; a luminous ring of superluminova-coated bars makes the watch legible at night too.

At 41 millimeters across, the decisively large case is an elegant setting for the dashing dial within—and its design makes reference to the mechanism beneath. For this new watch is powered by the second highly complex neomatik caliber from NOMOS Glashütte—now with a date. The date ring runs along the outer edge, set around the movement, and allows for the elongated date window way down at six o’clock. With impervious sapphire crystal glass on both sides of the case and a water resistance to 100 meters, Autobahn makes for a particularly sporty timepiece. Arresting, unmistakable designs are characteristic of Werner Aisslinger. His works can be found in museums around the globe: in the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Fonds national d’art contemporain in Paris, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Aisslinger has also made a name for himself with his work for Vitra, futuristic hotels, the Loftcube living space, his greenhouse installations, and his renewable chairs.

Since 2007, he and his creative partner Tina Bunyaprasit have been co-directing studio
aisslinger with locations in Berlin and Singapore. And now there is a watch. Werner Aisslinger worked with Tina Bunyaprasit and the NOMOS design department for over four years on Autobahn. The timepiece is available in three versions: The one with a white silver-plated dial is towards the most classic end of the NOMOS design spectrum. The racing version comes in the new shade of sports gray; the third model in deep midnight blue. With each colorway, Autobahn brings together two worlds: dashing design from Berlin, engineering and watchmaking skill from the quiet streets of Glashütte. In every respect, it represents the best of Made in Germany—even cyclists will see the appeal.

Technical Specifications

Autobahn neomatik 41 date

  • CASE: stainless steel, domed sapphire crystal, glass back
  • GLASS: domed sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating
  • WINDING: automatic
  • DIMENSIONS: diameter 41 mm,height 10.5 mm
  • WATER RESISTANCE: up to 10 atm
  • DIAL: galvanized, white silverplated, light gray luminious ring with superluminova (blue luminescence), elongated date window
  • HANDS: rhodium-plated, hour hand with superluminova inlay in white (blue luminescence)
  • STRAP: textile strap blue-black, woven, waterproof lug width 20 mm
  • REFERENCE: 1301

 

Autobahn neomatik 41 date midnight blue

  • CASE: stainless steel, domed sapphire crystal, glass back
  • GLASS: domed sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating
  • WINDING: automatic
  • DIMENSIONS: diameter 41 mm, height 10.5 mm
  • WATER RESISTANCE: up to 10 atm
  • DIAL: midnight blue, white luminious ring with superluminova (blue luminescence), elongated date window
  • HANDS: rhodium-plated, hour hand with superluminova inlay in blue (blue luminescence)
  • STRAP: textile strap blue-black, woven, waterproof lug width 20 mm
  • REFERENCE: 1302

 

Autobahn neomatik 41 date sports gray

  • CASE: stainless steel, domed sapphire crystal, glass back
  • GLASS: domed sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating
  • WINDING: automatic
  • DIMENSIONS: diameter 41 mm, height 10.5 mm
  • WATER RESISTANCE: up to 10 atm
  • DIAL: galvanized, rhodium-plated, blue luminious ring with superluminova (blue luminescence), elongated date window
  • HANDS: rhodium-plated, hour hand with superluminova inlay in neon orange (blue luminescence)
  • STRAP: textile strap blue-black, woven, waterproof lug width 20 mm
  • REFERENCE: 1303

 

 

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