The function of a chronograph is to measure shorter times by providing the wearer with a mechanism by which the chronograph hands can be started, stopped and reset at will. It is one of the most ubiquitous wristwatch complications, sometimes paired with numbered graduations to facilitate specific functions. For example, tachymeters allow people to read the speed within a unit distance at recorded time intervals, while telemeters derive the distance between the observer and the phenomenon based on the time interval between seeing and hearing events. Many functions can be designed around such a pairing, from calculating the speed of the vehicle to the productivity of the process and ranging artillery.
In the BR 03-94 Multimeter, Bell & Ross has filled the expansive dial of their classic square-shaped watch inspired by the cockpit clock with an array of multi-colored function scales, effectively creating a mechanical analog fitness tracker!
While most watches are content with a single tachymeter, pulse meter, etc., Bell & Ross has assembled no less than five chronograph scales for the BR 03-94 multimeter, all focused on what an athlete or fitness enthusiast needs: tracking Heart rate, an asthma meter to track breathing rate, and three speedometers to measure speed (in kph) over distances of 100m, 250m, and 1km, as they have been designed to measure running, cycling, and driving. Speed has been optimized.
The date window has been moved to a new position between 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock so as not to interfere with the chronograph readings, and the left side of the dial provides a convenient indication to interpret the scale, distinguished from each other by the use of attractive, vibrant colors. The matte black ceramic case not only contrasts sharply with this functional uniform, but it is also lightweight and ideal for sporty wearers.
Bell & Ross replica has consistently shown its design flair, and the BR01 and BR03’s “square within a circle” have proven to be the most versatile canvas for Bell & Ross to display its graphic muscle in a variety of designs. Here, the fascinating prospect is further enriched by the practicality of the Swiss Army – based on a chronograph, the wearer is able to track a range of health-related stats without having to follow a smartwatch. Smartwatches have capabilities on different scales, but it’s something to smile about to set a flag for mechanical devices.
Movement: Self-winding BR-CAL 301, chronograph; 42-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date; 30-minute counter; tachymeter, pulse meter and asthma meter
Housing: 42mm x 12.8mm; black ceramic; water resistant to 100m
Strap: Black rubber and fabric strap