Hailing from France, Bell & Ross are known very distinctively as the company that make chronometers that would most likely outlast a nuclear apocalypse. Their timepieces, which are made specifically for aeronautical and maritime use, specifically very, very, very deep-sea diving (one model even boasting hydraulic liquid within the casing to withstand the pressures of a kilometre below sea level), are of their own particular ilk and the brand have spent the last 25 years collecting many fans of their practical designs worldwide.
Baselworld 2017 has already given us some truly exciting and innovative timepieces, and Day 2 has not failed on that front. With further exploration of deep-sea timepieces, to clear respects to the watches of yesteryear, these are the best and the brightest that Day 2 of Baselworld has to offer.
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Bell & Ross BR03-92 Diver – Bell & Ross Conquer the Deep
Diving watches seem to be a common theme across this year’s Baselworld, and Bell & Ross have made sure they’re in on the action as well. The BR03-92 Diver is the brand’s first ever square diving bell ross br 123 gmt and reaches 42mm in length, featuring a subtle date aperture and bi-directional bezel. It runs on an automatic movement and, most importantly, boasts a waterproofness of 300m, making it perfect for any deep sea adventure.
In 1906, aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont flew 60 meters in a biplane he named the 14-bis.
On his wrist was Cartier’s first wristwatch, simultaneously the world’s first pilot’s watch. This timepiece was created in 1904 especially for Santos-Dumont by his good friend Louis Cartier after he had previously complained to the jeweler how difficult it was for him to check his pocket watch during flight.
Complex simplicity is something that is difficult to find practiced in the modern industrial era of cheaply manufactured goods.
It is, it should be said, a mainstay of modern design and a guiding principle for creating meaningful art and engineering.
But it also is hard.
I would describe complex simplicity as the optimal implementation of features with the least amount resources.
I am attracted to – and collect – two types of watches: vintage and independent.
I love vintage watches because they have had lives of their own and have stories to tell.
I love watches made by small independent artisans because they fully embody the vision of their makers, who have put blood, sweat, and tears into creating them; in fact, I would rather bluntly say these watchmakers lay their cards fully on the table with no marketing fluff: what you see is what you get.