Horologically speaking, the GMT function was first developed to meet with both the needs and specifications of aviators and especially pilots. The acronym GMT is used to indicate a second time zone but not necessarily from Greenwich. This complication has since been popularized and is nowadays commonly used by travelers. Bell & Ross has made aviation, particularly aeronautical instruments, its specialty. Its designs very often match specifications created by professional users.
An indispensable tool for aircraft pilots and an ally for globetrotters, but also useful for those who are currently needing to keep track of multiple time zones simultaneously. Certainly useful when travelling around the world, this function is worth having if your activity occurs in different time zones. It is also the ultimate utilitarian tool watch when working remotely and wanting to stay in sync with an overseas office or when you need to schedule meetings across different time zones.
The new BR 03-93 GMT timepiece provides the time in three different locations around the world. How does it work? The GMT hand now stands out with its large red triangle which is perfectly visible both day and night. Spinning around the dial in 24 hours, this fourth hand displays a second time zone (or the local time on a 24-hour scale). For the first time, the iconic square shape is completed with a bi-directional bezel. The BR 03 case was specifically modified to welcome this new functional bezel. It enables the reading of the second time zone, but it can also show a third time zone. Rotating it clockwise subtracts hours and anti-clockwise adds hours. The bezel – which borrows the same color combination as the dial – is equipped with a 24-hour scale graduation. Bell & Ross has opted for Black & Red-hot hues. Red is known for its frank, clear and dynamic properties. While the red section indicates daytime, the black backgrounds nighttime. Thus, the two-tone bezel provides a visual contrast / effect for discerning time reading and is made of anodized aluminum.
BR-CAL.303. Automatic mechanical.
Hours, minutes, central seconds, second 24-hour time zone and date. Quick setting of the GMT hand, independently of the hour hand.
42 mm in width. Satin-finished and polished steel. Bi-directional rotating bezel with 24-hour scale and black and red two-colour anodized aluminum ring.
Black. Indices coated in Super-LumiNova®. Metal skeletonised Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands and 24-hour hand.
Sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Black coloured calfskin leather and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric.
Pin. Satin-finished and polished steel.