The result of a project dubbed BR 03 Aero-GT: an avant-garde creative platform for experimental watchmaking, inspired by an entirely conceptual supercar, in turn inspired by modern assault aircraft. The teardrop windscreen echoes a fighter pilot’s canopy; the twin exhaust pipes, the turbofans; the wheel flanges, the compressor fins… There’s even a vertical tailfin, or ‘stabiliser’. The watch itself, limited to 500 pieces in both three-hander and chronograph form, is a fitting accompaniment to this speed demon.
A skeletonised dial is usually a gilded, ornate affair in horology, but here it’s a techno spider’s web, flecked with danger-red components, showcasing the intricate mechanics whirring within. It’s a stripped-back Formula 1 car (while we await the result of Bell & Ross’s new Renault F1 hook-up), morphed with deadly, supersonic stealth. The muscular, satin polished steel case is part fuselage, part chassis.