Watchmaker Bell & Ross has, over time, become a reference in the instrument watch field. Since its inception, the brand has produced models in its dedicated pursuit of superior performance. As part of this quest, it has forged links with the world of the military – one of its key domains. The brand works regularly with professional elite units such as GIGN (Special Operations Unit of the French National Gendarmerie) and RAID (Search, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence Unit of the French National Police Force), whose missions often depend on the strictest timing.
Just like the Phantom concept, launched in 2007, and the Commando collection of 2009, the new BR03-92 Black Camo (short for camouflage) represents another link in the Bell & Ross camouflage watch series and completes the Bell & Ross camouflage family. The new BR 03-92 Black Camo is the latest addition to the successful series of Bell & Ross camouflage watches. For this model, the brand has developed an original military-type tricolor coating. Its dial is covered with a patchwork of matte greys, its case and strap in matte black. This high-tech timepiece is practically undetectable, especially at night. Its matte-treated colors also avoid the risk of undesirable reflections. This means it can be worn during tailing missions or operations in hostile territory with no risk of detection.
The BR 03-92 Black Camo retains all the technical features: its display is perfectly legible both day and night thanks to the photo luminescent coating on its hands, indices and numerals. Elite units must be able to read the time easily and accurately during missions.
HIGH-TECH AND VERY EFFICIENT
The BR 03-92 Black Camo is driven by a highly accurate Swiss self-winding mechanical movement. It features a date function in a window between 4 and 5 o’clock. The time display is based on the brand’s visual signature: large numerals accompanied by baton indices for perfect legibility. The design of the hands is also very distinctive: slender for the minutes and broader for the hours, to avoid any risk of confusion. The four large numerals (3, 6, 9, 12), impressive in both design and size, are also a Bell & Ross classic.
The case of the BR 03-92 Black Camo uses mass-colored ceramic. Wear-resistant and unalterable, this material is second to diamond in terms of hardness. Almost scratch-resistant, ceramic is tougher and lighter than steel. It guarantees remark- able durability, which is indispensable in an instrument used in dangerous military operations. And finally, it is hypoallergenic and heats only slightly, making it very comfortable to wear even in hot weather.
The sandwich type dial is made up of two superposed inserts. The lower one has a black Superluminova® coating bearing the numerals and indices. The upper one carries the camouflage pattern. The die cutting for the numerals and indices reveals the black Superluminova®. This system guarantees impeccable legibility, both day and night.
The new BR 03-92 Black Camo is the third link of Bell & Ross’ camouflage family and combines the brand’s core aeronautical and military references. The BR 03-92 Black Camo is ideal for extreme professional situations and also for the everyday great adventures.
Frederique Constant’s Classics Index Automatic falls in line with the brand’s continuous strive to offer elegant watches at a very affordable price. Starting at CHF 950 sophistication has never been so attainable.
A man is born a man but his life decisions turn him into a gentleman. By choice, he may embody character, intelligence, strength and style, and will put effort into every aspect of his life including the choice of his watch. His watch needs to reflect his attitude, his chivalry, and his flawless taste. The new Classics Index Automatic magnifies these traits and elevate any man to the status of Gentleman!
Simplicity is Key
Classicism, elegance, refinement, excellence are all requirements to becoming a perfect gentleman but the essential element is to remain humble and modest. Simplicity will guide the gentleman through life and his classic watch will accompany him on his journey. The Classics Index Automatic represents minimalism to the core, through its 40mm polished stainless steel or rose gold-plated discreet case, its exquisite but stylish silver-colored dial featuring guilloché decoration, applied Roman numeral indexes and date display at 3 o’clock. The elegant feuille-style hands which are hand-polished and the crown delicately detailed. Both versions of the FC-303 are available with either a dark brown or black leather strap.
Accessible Luxury Philosophy
For years, the brand has been effortlessly presenting watches who surprise the most skeptics and turns dreams into reality. The Accessible Luxury motto lives through each Frederique Constant watch and makes owning a Swiss excellence-infused timepiece the simplest of tasks. With the latest Classics Index Automatic, Frederique Constant continue to prove that style and savoir-faire are but a heartbeat away.
Carl F. Bucherer has supported The Manta Trust for many years in order to help with the conservation of manta rays. This UK registered charity is committed to protecting and ensuring the survival of the Manta rays, the mysterious and charismatic animals whose survival is being threatened by overfishing, In the summer of 2017, the Swiss watch manufacturer launched a limited-edition timepiece dedicated to the charity for the first time. Part of the sales proceeds of these 188 watches will go to help finance an entirely new kind of research expedition.
Featuring two manta rays on the ridged dial, appearing as though they are surfacing from beneath the ocean waves, each watch is truly one of a kind – a unique engraving on the back of the case depicts the pattern on the stomach of a specific individual manta ray captured on camera underwater by Manta Trust CEO Guy Stevens and his team. The identification number is engraved underneath it. This number acts as an access code to a website where the new owner can bestow a name upon this real manta ray.
A Limited Edition Timepiece for a Good Cause
The new Patravi ScubaTec Manta Trust features an automatic helium release valve, making it perfectly equipped for dives of up to 500 meters. The luminescent indices and hands round off its distinctly sporty look and ensure that it is easily readable underwater. “We are proud to be a partner of the Manta Trust. With the new Patravi ScubaTec Manta Trust edition, we are paying tribute to the admirable work of Guy Stevens and his team,” says Sascha Moeri, CEO of Carl F. Bucherer. “By purchasing this model, watch connoisseurs not only become the proud owner of a truly unique timepiece, they also contribute to the conservation of manta rays.”
First Research Expedition of Its Kind
With part of the proceeds from the sale of this watch, Carl F. Bucherer will finance an entirely new kind of scientific expedition, during which data will be gathered that will help to protect the habitat of the manta rays. In August 2017, a team will spend two weeks out at sea monitoring the manta ray population in the waters surrounding the Maldives to analyze their habitat use and feeding habits, as well as the planktonic prey on which the mantas feed. The information gathered will be essential for ensuring the survival of the species. The project’s financing will enable the recorded data to be gathered using cutting-edge science, contributing significantly to research findings about how manta rays live and feed. This financing will also aid in the expansion of a database containing over 4,000 recorded individual manta rays in the Maldives, thereby contributing to the wider research being undertaken by the Manta Trust.
Guy Stevens, CEO of the Manta Trust, is delighted to strengthen the organization’s partnership with Carl F. Bucherer. “We can only introduce more effective protective-area measures for manta rays once we have identified the areas of critical habitat use for this species. Thanks to the support Carl F. Bucherer is providing for our research project on the Maldives this summer, we have the opportunity to make significant progress toward our goal – ensuring a sustainable future for manta rays by protecting and preserving healthy and diverse marine ecosystems.”
The Frederique Constant Group celebrated its Ground Breaking of the second building addition to their decennial Manufacture; bringing a beacon of optimism to the Luxury industry.
The Frederique Constant Group is optimistic and continues implementing its sale-driven strategy with strong themes for both its major brands; “Expand Accessible Luxury” for Frederique Constant and “More Growth” for Alpina. The start of 2017 showed single digit growth for the Group, followed by a great performance during the Baselworld Fair. The Frederique Constant Group will continue to reinforce its role in the market and solidify the confidence of its distributors, suppliers and customers. The brands have a business model that works particularly well in challenging economic times.
Since its inauguration in the late 80s, Frederique Constant has been faithful to its mission, which has been the essential reason for its exponential growth. In 2006, the brand needed to expand their production site and it chose Plan-Les-Ouates to settle in. 3200 m2 divided into four floors where four major departments execute: movement component production, caliber assembly, watch assembly and extensive quality control. State-of-the-art machinery along with expert watchmakers constitute the labor force for Frederique Constant.
In line with the strategy put in place by the Group, President and Co-Founder Mr. Peter Stas wishes to cultivate further growth opportunities. Thus, the idea of expanding the current Manufacture was born. “Our current Manufacture will reach capacity in the coming years and we wish to prepare our manufacturing facilities for the years beyond. The second phase of the Manufacture measures 3000 sqr meters, practically doubling our capacity”, said Peter Stas.
The new addition will take up to 24 months to be completed, it will be set in four floors and will allow for the desired expansion of the main production departments to increase production capacity from 150’000 to 250’000 pieces annually as well as the number of employees that will reach 250, almost doubling today’s headcount.
The new Manufacture will propel the Frederique constant Group into a new future of opportunities, a new era of exploring new technical innovations while upholding the Swiss excellence of watchmaking tradition.
The new Manufacture from the Frederique Constant Group reflects a daring and bold approach. The philosophy behind the Frederique Constant Group has sustained the brands since its creation and the new Manufacture will consolidate that view for the future.