A Collector’s Item: Aligning Patrouille de France

A limited-edition watch designed and produced in close collaboration with the Patrouille de France pilots.

BR 03 Type A Patrouille de France

A testament to the excellence achieved by Bell & Ross, – elite units from various nations’ armed forces have chosen the watchmaker’s timepieces to accompany them in their perilous missions.

Through the ages, aviation and the military have been the main sources of inspiration for Bell & Ross. That’s why, looking into their design, dial and functionality, the fine watches still evoke the world of aeronautical instruments: one of the most demanding when it comes to readability and reliability.

After forging an official watchmaking partnership with the Patrouille de France in 2021, resulting in the launch of its first dedicated watch, Bell & Ross continues its aerial adventure with the BR 03 Type A Patrouille de France – a sign of exclusivity which emblem of course adorns the dial.

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Precision and Performance

With its spectacular dial, this timepiece follows the colours of the Patrouille de France in blue, white, and red. It goes without saying that this watch respects rigorous specifications in line with the needs of Patrouille de France pilots, who maneuver in close formation at speeds of between 300 and 800 km/h.

There is no room for even the slightest error for elite pilots. Knowing that it all plays out in a tiny fraction of time, time mastery has always been a professional pillar for these aerobatic aces. As such, all the technical expertise of Bell & Ross engineers and watchmakers came into play to create the BR 03 Type A Patrouille de France.

As heir to the brand’s faithful tool watch, this new chronograph features the square BR 03 case in steel, with a diameter of 42mm, adopting the aesthetic “rounded square” concept that provides optimal reading speed. Intended for professional use, the watch is equipped with a quartz movement giving a dual analog and digital display. The high-drain battery gives 30 months of battery life. To provide the best possible readability, hours and minutes are displayed with conventional hands, while the seconds are displayed on a digital screen in intense situations.

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In addition, the bidirectional rotating bezel helps memorize time references. The window at the top of the dial displays the abbreviation of the chosen function. The second window positioned at the bottom of the dial digitally displayed the measurement. Furthermore, there are various functions can be selected by pressing the crown.

Beyond time indications, the timepiece offers many additional functions that come in useful in whatever the circumstance. Discover more about the emblematic watch here.

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