Aviation collection


BR 01 Horizon

BR 01 Turn Coordinator

BR 01 Altimeter

Bell & Ross and aeronautical instrumentation

From the cockpit to the wrist

The Watch Quote™ - July 2nd, 2012



The Aviation collection is directly inspired by the instrumentation of aircraft cockpits and addresses four fundamental requirements: legibility, functionality, precision and water-resistance.

In 2005, the BR 01 was inspired by the cockpit clocks of 1970s airplanes. This iconic watch was produced using high-tech materials and complications reflecting the finest Haute Horlogerie craftsmanship.



Exploring aeronautical navigation instruments further, Bell & Ross developed two completely new high-tech models – the BR01 Compass and Radar – in 2010 and 2011, respectively. With these two models, Bell & Ross conceptualized an entirely new way of reading time.

The result was a collection of exclusive watches with an innovative display of uncompromising legibility, an absolute necessity for professionals and for every Bell & Ross watch.

Three watches inspired by the instrument panel

in 2012, as part of its continuing quest for innovation and performance, Bell & Ross introduces three new versions inspired by aeronautical instrumentation with a particular focus on the instruments vital to air navigation: the BR 01 Horizon, the BR 01 Altimeter, and the BR 01 Turn Coordinator.

In the cockpit, the essential instruments are laid out in a T shape for optimal legibility. they are grouped according to their function and importance and include essential tools for flying (attitude indicator, altimeter, etc.) and navigation (compass, turn coordinator, etc.).
  • The attitude indicator makes it possible to monitor the aircraft’s position relative to the horizon, whatever the visibility conditions.
  • The altimeter calculates the aircraft’s altitude based on the measurement of atmospheric pressure. it is a valuable instrument for determining altitude based on a reference point: i.e. the ground, the sea (altitude measurement) or an isobaric surface.
  • The turn coordinator indicates flight symmetry, without which the aircraft slides or slips. the turn indicator is a gyroscope used to visualize the rate of turn (roll). it features a bearing that moves in a curved tube to represent the aircraft’s sideslip. the bearing functions using gravity.


From the cockpit to the wrist

With these three watches, Bell & Ross recreates the graphic style of these navigation tools as closely as possible, once again going beyond the traditional approach to telling time. produced as a limited edition, these three watches in their boxes will give watch collectors a sense of owning a piece of an aircraft cockpit...

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