The BR03-92 Nightlum fits perfectly into the family of instrument watches with the objective of optimum readability. Its box, designed in a contemporary style, retakes the “circle in a square” — the iconic shape of the house — that recalls the silhouette of a plane cockpit clock.
The BR03-92 evokes light, “Lum”, and “Night” for its outstanding readability at nighttime in its black matte ceramic case, water resistant to 100m. The green tinted Superluminova® C3 is ultra-phosphorescent and has a very long durability in the dark, offering a continual reading of the hour even in complete darkness. The Superluminova® C3 treatment also allows for an easier reading of indexes and large numbers, be it day or nighttime. This intense green light offers an excellent luminescence that contrasts with the matte black dial and provides optimal night readability. The shape and position of the four numbers on the dial: 12, 3, 6, and 9 are reminiscent of the graphics traditionally used by Bell & Ross..
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The hour, minute, second and date functions of the timepiece are powered by the self-winding calibre BR-CAL.302. A grey-green calfskin and ultra-resilient black synthetic strap, equipped with a pin buckle with black PVD, completes the watch.
The chronograph buttons are extremely simple “pump” design pushers, which can be small and unobtrusive. This is another one of the design components that provides the watch a very vintage look, and borrows heavily from the early Valjoux 72 movements as seen on early Rolex Daytonas. It also can help to further blur the lines between a pilot’s and a diver’s watch. The only dead giveaway on the very low price point is that the end of the instance. That easy, slightly over-polished look on the sides and lugs that says “If you want more, pay more,” is in full effect here. But thankfully those surfaces aren’t so visible when looking at the watch on the wrist. The success of the watch’s design lies in the relationship between the dial, bezel, and pushers.This is 1 watch that may benefit greatly from a strap change, though the provided patterned black rubber strap is a pretty effective way to keep prices down without even looking like other watches in the low four figures. I will be seeing exactly what happens to the appearance of the watch once it gets a NATO design strap run through its spring bars. In reality, the BR126 is merely one military green canvas strap away from providing the IWC Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar a series for its money.Bell & Ross has continued to flaunt all the proper moves as a cool, innovative company with a really strong identity. There are some things stronger than any one advertising effort, and that’s the uncommon blend of high quality and patience. It was only a matter of time before they made a watch which would appeal to me as far as this one does. That might not win you a Grand Prix award, but it will win a place in my own wrist, and for the cost, possibly on yours also.
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