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Bell & Ross is famous for its Instrument series watches, which draw on the gauges found in the cockpit of fighter aircraft. With their no-nonsense aesthetic and square case shape, they’re unique and easy to spot, and form a special niche in military-inspired timepieces that the brand has occupied since its inception in 1992.
The Instrument series provides a platform on which to iterate ad infinitum, and while some of those variants feel fairly run-of-the-mill, once in a while we get a true stunner from the brand, such as last year’s Bi-Compass. The latest entry in the BR 03-92 series, called the BR 03-92 HUD, looks just as cool.
“HUD” stands for “head-up display,” which you may be familiar with if you’re a military aircraft aficionado, or, alternatively, if you’re drive one of any number of modern vehicles that sport a version on the dashboard. A HUD is simply a transparent glass display that provides a pilot driver with mission-critical information (such as airspeed or heading) during a flight or drive.
The BR 03-92 HUD’s housing is that of any other BR 03-92 watch — 42mm matte black ceramic case; automatic movement with hours, minutes, seconds and date display; 100m of water resistance. However in this case, the hour hand takes the shape of a central, rotating disc, much like on the Bi-Compass, and the crystal is made of green-tinted sapphire with an anti-reflective coating and four right angles in the corners. The effect, when viewing the black, Super-LumiNova-coated dial, is reminiscent of that of a HUD on a jet aircraft.
While we’re sure that actual military pilots will say that the watch is hardly a perfect analog to a HUD, it’s tough tp argue that the watch isn’t pretty damn cool looking. Limited to 999 pieces and shipping with both black rubber and black synthetic fabric straps, the BR 03-92 HUD costs $3,990 and will be available beginning in June.
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