Chosen by the armée de l’Air et de l’Espace to become the official watchmaking partner of the patrouille de France, Bell & Ross worked closely with the pilots and designed a chronograph which is perfectly adapted to their operational needs, the BR 03-94 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE.
Produced in 500 pieces, this limited-edition is finally available to the public. The dial of the BR 03-94 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE proudly and elegantly bears the patrouille de France insignia. The circle represents the cohesion of the operational unit and its ability to tackle every aspect of a situation. The gold of the emblem’s background is a color widely used in military insignia. The nine jet silhouettes evoke nine Fouga Magister (former patrouille de France’s aircraft before the Alpha jet) and represent their signature aerial display formation also known as the “Concorde”. The tricolor banner which wraps the logo symbolizes the French colored smoke and acrobatic evolutions of the flying team, “ambassador” of the French Air and Space Force.
The new chronograph timepiece is both a tool and an icon. By adopting the distinctive design features of this iconic French acrobatic patrol, the BR 03-94 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE asserts a strong identity from the very first glance. Precision and legibility are the two key criteria for the pilots. The colors used on the dial provide a visual contrast to offer optimal readability. At 600 km/h each second counts. Each of them must be identified rapidly. To enhance its legibility, the hands used for the chronograph functions are distinguished by red tips. In aviation, this is the one of the colors of essential features and test flights, known for its frank, clear and dynamic properties. The dark blue dial echoes the color of the sky as well as the patrol’s color identity.
Movement: calibre BR-CAL.301. Automatic mechanical. Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating. Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock and date. Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds. Tachymeter scale on the flange. Water-resistance: 100 metres. Case: 42 mm in width. Matt black ceramic. Bi-directional rotating black ceramic bezel with 60-second scale. Straps: black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric. Dial: blue. Patrouille de France logo at 6 o’clock. Numerals and indices painted in Super-LumiNova®. Metal skeletonised SuperLumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands. Buckle: pin. Steel with black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish.
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