The Meeting Of Two Outstanding Companies
Inspired by the history of aviation and its technological advances, Bell & Ross collections pay homage to the key periods in civil and military aviation from 1900 to the present day.The military world has always been a pioneer in numerous fields. Its innovations have had various applications in civilian life, such as the Internet, GPS or even the first business jets. Creating avant-garde technological ties between its civil and military activities, Dassault Aviation has acquired unquestionable expertise of the highest standard. Bell & Ross and Dassault Aviation share the same passion for aviation, which guides them in their respective creations. In 2013, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Falcon business jet, Bell & Ross paid homage to the civil aviation of the 1960s by presenting the Vintage Falcon model. This year, the two companies are joining forces once again to celebrate the most successful multi-role fighter aircraft on the market: the Rafale. Marcel Dassault, often quoted “For an aeroplane to look good, it must fly well”. Bell & Ross recaptures this adage and applies the philosophy, whereby an object, no matter how sophisticated it is, never looks as good as when it is the perfect culmination of its primary purpose. With the BR 03-94 Rafale, Bell & Ross is honouring an exceptional aeroplane by creating a model that resembles it.
A Chronograph Sporting The Rafale Colours
The sophisticated case of the BR 03-94 Rafale houses a mechanical chronograph movement with automatic winding, which offers tried-and-tested reliability. As an essential tool in aerial navigation for measuring short time periods, the chronograph is the main complication of aviation. By adopting the distinctive design features of this iconic fighter aircraft, the BR 03-94 Rafale asserts a strong identity from the very first glance. The stealthy matte black ceramic case is a reference to the anti-reflective tints of instrument panels in aeroplane cockpits. Rafale’s characteristic colour adorns the dial: a monochrome camouflage grey. The typography of the numerals subtly recalls that of the registration numbers that feature on the plane’s fuselage. The hands used for the chronograph functions are distinguished by orange tips (in aviation, this is the colour of essential features and test flights), which offer excellent legibility. On the flange, the tachymeter scale enables speeds to be calculated, while the word “tachymeter” is also written in a bright orange. As a final finishing detail, the auxiliary counter of the small seconds displays the distinctive silhouette of the fighter aircraft as a signature at 6 o’clock. The BR 03-94 watch is equipped with a black natural rubber strap. As versatile as the aircraft whose name it proudly bears, the BR 03-94 Rafale can be worn during any daily activity, on the wrists of test pilots, fighter pilots and everyday men of action.