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Bell & Ross BR 01-92 Compass Watch

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For motorcycle riders who want to tell time in a unique manner, Bell & Ross has introduced a premium machine–the BR 01-92 Compass watch–to make sure you know exactly what time it is.

Bell & Ross tells us that the BR 01-92 Compass is "faithful to the Bell & Ross philosophy, taking its inspiration from aircraft cockpits where each instrument is a reference point in terms of readability, reliability and performance." The watch is inspired by cockpit instrument displays, according to Bell & Ross.

"The appeal of the BR 01-92 Compass is its method of reading the time inspired by the compass. Similar to how the original navigation instrument is read, the time on the BR 01-92 Compass is displayed by a fixed mark under which the hours and minute numbers file past. This unique way of telling time is amazingly simple and fun to use."

The dial is comprised of two independent concentric discs–one with 12 hour gradations and the other with 60 minutes. A vertical white line under the crystal is used to tell the time by reading the large hour numeral and the small minute number from the top down.

The bezel outlines two windows divided by a bar symbolizing the horizontal plane. The upper window is devoted entirely to telling the time, while the lower tinted window reveals the full rotation of the discs.

According to Bell & Ross, the BR 01-92 Compass watch "was a true technical challenge requiring a concerted effort by the company’s finest watchmaking engineers. To counterbalance the weight differential generated by using discs instead of hands, Bell & Ross has created ultra-light discs that do not impinge on either the power reserve or the accuracy of the watch.

Both discs are distortion-proof to avoid even the smallest risk of friction. Specific materials and new techniques had to be developed to meet these dual challenges. An adjustment to the nearest micron ensures constant disc parallelism during rotation. Ensuring the accuracy of the watch required all the expertise of master watchmakers."

We certainly cannot contradict Bell & Ross when it says the watch is "unique in its own way. By offering a totally new display, the new BR 01-92 Compass is taking the bold gamble of going against the flow of traditional time telling.

Unlike a fixed graduation with hands turning above it, the graduations turn underneath a fixed mark. With this groundbreaking model, Bell & Ross is putting its name on a true original."

The BR 01-92 Compass watch is perfect for discriminating motorcyclists who refuse to participate in the mundane. Its production is limited to 500 pieces.

Spec Sheet

  • Movement: Mechanical automatic ETA 2892. Disc display system.
  • Functions: Hours and minutes.
  • Case: Diameter 46 mm. Shot-peened steel 316 L with black PVD* finish. Screw-in crown.
  • Dial: Two concentric black discs. The outside disc indicates the hours and the inside disc the minutes. Numerals and index covered in photoluminescent coating.
  • Crystal: Anti-reflection sapphire.
  • Water-resistance: 100 meters.
  • Strap: Black leather and ultra-strong black synthetic fabric with tongue buckles.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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