Friday, October 11, 2013


                                          Bell & Ross celebrates 30 years of the Tornado

To mark the 30th anniversary of the illustrious TORNADO combat aircraft, Bell & Ross pays tribute to the Aeronautica Militare with an iconic commemorative watch.
Courtesy of Bell & Ross

A world of inspiration

Aeronautical instruments are the pinnacle of readability, reliability and performance. Bell & Ross instrument watches are directly inspired by aircraft cockpit clocks and are based on four fundamental principles: readability, functionality, precision and water-resistance.

Because our watches meet the demands of the most extreme conditions, Bell & Ross has become a benchmark in the world of luxury watchmaking and in the exclusive domain of professional users.

Tornado pilots are the latest prestige reference for the Bell & Ross brand, joining the ranks of civil defense mine disposal experts, Rafale pilots and combat divers, all synonymous to quality and reliability for those  professionals working in extreme conditions. 

A tribute to the Aeronautica Militare

Sleek, stylish and powerful, fighter planes are the masters of the skies. The 1980s were a prolific period for fighter aviation in Europe, especially in terms of cooperation between countries. The Panavia Tornado is a perfect example of this.

Designed to be at the forefront of high-performance navigation and extreme precision, the MRCA 75 (Multi-Role Combat Aircraft 1975), soon to be known as the Tornado, was jointly developed by the UK, Germany and Italy during the 1970s, going into active service in 1982.

A genuine masterpiece of technology, a legendary aircraft capable of supersonic acceleration, these “Warriors of the Skies” can reach Mach 2.34 (2,417 km/h) and have a range of 1,400 km.

As an integral part of the Comando della Squadra Aerea, these multi-purpose combat aircrafts are based in Ghedi and Piacenza and carry out recognition, defense, and attack missions for the 6th and 50th squadrons.

Emboldened by the values of this exceptional aircraft, Bell & Ross is honored to spotlight this aeronautic model.

BR03-94 TORNADO: a watch with character

Bell & Ross has always designed watches for professionals and its creations are based on an unchanging principle: form follows function.

The clean lines of the watches in the Instrument BR collection —which have become the brand’s iconic models— authentically echo the design of a plane’s cockpit clock. Designed for men of action looking for precision and robustness, they are extremely readable as well as highly reliable.

The Instrument BR03-94 TORNADO special edition has been designed by Bell & Ross to commemorate 30 years of the eponymous aircraft—a worldwide numbered, limited edition of 50 watches for sale to the general public.

The BR 03-94, 42 mm in diameter, is a functional watch par excellence. It is the ideal, discreet tool for professionals for whom every second is critical. Perfectly readable day or night, due to its matte black dial, anti-glare sapphire crystal and imposing photoluminescent hands, the BR 03-94 TORNADO is also water-resistant to 100 m and powered by a high-precision Swiss mechanical movement with a two-counter chronograph and a power reserve of 40 hours. Simple and discreet, it is fitted with a black rubber or heavy-duty synthetic canvas strap guaranteeing durability and comfort.

With its perfect functionality, the Instrument BR 03-94 TORNADO proudly and elegantly displays the logo specifically designed for this anniversary and the colors of the Squadra Aerea Tornado.

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