Few watches are as immediately recognisable as the iconic square Bell & Ross models. Designed for professionals who demand optimal reliability, Bell & Ross watches meet four basic principles: legibility, functionality, precision and reliability. Thus, every detail has its purpose, its function. This technical precision is expressed through pure lines and timeless elegance. Time+Tide is proud to be the Australian home of Bell & Ross online.

Knowledge is power: 5 things we wish all watch brands told us

A picture might be able to tell a thousand words, but there’s still no substitute for evaluating a watch in the metal. Increasingly, however, many of us buy our watches online, so trying on a watch is often not an option prior to purchase. That’s why at Time+Tide we believe that brands need to start offering certain info to help a consumer buy with great confidence. Here, we asked the editorial team for 5 things we wish all watch brands told us. Thickness Believe it or not, some press releases and brand e-commerce do not always disclose this pillar measurement. It is really quite astounding because the dominant duo of measurements everyone expects is diameter and thickness, and many of us are even looking to see the full holy trinity of measurements: diameter, thickness, and lug-to-lug. The thickness of a watch is a highly desirable measurement for buyers to know, as it not only determines whether or not the watch will slide under the cuff, but also how the watch situates itself on the wrist. Especially for those who prefer the watches to have a looser fit, a thicker watch typically translates to a heavier watch and its greater mass… Read More

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The tastiest red dials of 2021 from cherry delight to a bracing Negroni…

tastiest red dials

It’s summer in the Western hemisphere, so it’s time to get out those bright wrist colours and escape the tedium of monochrome. And if you’re languishing in the Aussie winter, well, this year’s tastiest red dials are a mere wrist roll away from perking up your day. Strangely, half of the watches in this story turn out to be collaborative efforts between watch media and brands, showing how these hook-ups can often result in more imaginative and, in this case, red-faced creations. Fratello x Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date  With its oxblood red dial and bronze case, there is a different twist to this red dial Oris Big Crown. Instead of bold flash of colour, it imbues the classic Oris with a feeling of opulence like an embroidered cape worn by a knight over his armour. The classicism of the Big Crown Pointer Date, a design that has been a part of the Oris stable since the 1930s is only underlined, and if anything, made more regal by the bordeaux infusion. White numerals pop on the rich silk of the dial, while the golden minute track matches the warmth of the bronze case and detailed coin edge bezel. The… Read More

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Raise your glasses to the Bell & Ross #NEGRONITIME for The Rake and #SPRITZOCLOCK for Revolution

#NEGRONITIME

Wow. I am a confirmed dial fetishist and I love bold colours. So why have Bell & Ross and our good friend Wei Koh, founder of The Rake and Revolution, put me in such a difficult situation of having to choose between these two eye-popping pieces of wrist-candy? The Bell & Ross #NEGRONITIME for The Rake, and #SPRITZOCLOCK for Revolution are luscious, celebratory versions of the classic Bell & Ross bicompax chronograph that are well worth raising a glass to. These rally-strapped versions of the BRV-94 are the product of the combined imaginations of Bell & Ross and Wei. Both are charming pieces of watchmaking infused with the alcoholic delights of two please-world-open-the-hell-up-again celebratory drinks, the Negroni and the Aperol Spritz. On its orange rally strap, the #SPRITZOCLOCK would pop like mad with a casual suit on a spring day and surely wring a smile from even the most curmudgeonly onlooker. The seductive red-orange of a perfect Negroni and the deep sun-infused mandarin of a Spritz breathe fresh life into what is a serious twin register pilot’s chronograph. The deep coloured sunburst dials seem almost liquid through the brilliant lacquer work of the Bell & Ross ateliers and offer pure… Read More

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Knowledge is power: 5 things we wish all watch brands told us

A picture might be able to tell a thousand words, but there’s still no substitute for evaluating a watch in the metal. Increasingly, however, many of us buy our watches online, so trying on a watch is often not an option prior to purchase. That’s why at Time+Tide we believe that brands need to start offering certain info to help a consumer buy with great confidence. Here, we asked the editorial team for 5 things we wish all watch brands told us. Thickness Believe it or not, some press releases and brand e-commerce do not always disclose this pillar measurement. It is really quite astounding because the dominant duo of measurements everyone expects is diameter and thickness, and many of us are even looking to see the full holy trinity of measurements: diameter, thickness, and lug-to-lug. The thickness of a watch is a highly desirable measurement for buyers to know, as it not only determines whether or not the watch will slide under the cuff, but also how the watch situates itself on the wrist. Especially for those who prefer the watches to have a looser fit, a thicker watch typically translates to a heavier watch and its greater mass… Read More

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WATCH SPOTTING: Hublot, IWC and Richard Mille in Drive To Survive season three

Season three of Drive to Survive dropped at 6pm Melbourne time on Friday March 19th and, if you were anything like me, then you were up until 4am watching the entire series in one sitting. Okay, so maybe you’re not that obsessed, but if you’re even a little bit like me then your eyes were probably drawn to all of the watches. Formula 1 has a long history with timekeeping, as does all motorsport, but when you see the Rolex billboards plastered over nearly every Grand Prix, you realise just how much watches are part of F1’s DNA. As we did when season one of the show came out, I binged Drive to Survive and tried to spot as many interesting watches as possible. Here are some of the highlights. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari driver) Hublot MECA-10 Black Magic As a member of F1’s emerging young guard, he’s proven himself to be one of the best drivers on the planet, to the point of thrashing four-time world champion and ex-Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel on track. He’s clearly Ferrari’s future, having signed the longest term contract ever in the Scuderia’s history and, as a model for Giorgio Armani, he’s also a total… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The B&R BR03-92 DIVER FULL LUM has a proper party trick when the lights go out

B&R BR03-92 DIVER FULL LUM

When it comes to tool watches, there are few brands out there as dedicated to instrument aesthetics as Bell & Ross. Although they may lack centuries of heritage, starting off in the early ’90s with Sinn making their watches, they’ve endeavoured not to be left behind in the everlasting race for technological advancement in watchmaking. Combining their ubiquitous cockpit-instrument inspired case design with their expansion into dive watches, Bell & Ross have brought out the B&R BR03-92 DIVER FULL LUM, a timepiece that truly looks like it was pulled from the cluster of a nuclear submarine. Of course, the focal point of this beast is the ghoulish, luminous dial. With two slightly different shades of pale green in regular daylight, in darkness (given enough sun exposure or charge with a UV light) the C5 and C3 pigments of Super-LumiNova are torch-like in their brightness. The benefit of a luminous dial rather than just lump-painted hands and markers is that you’re reading the negative space, giving you much more information. Once lit, the matte black surrounds of the hands, applied indices, and printed minute tracks on the chapter ring grant the contrast necessary for reading the time and elapsed-time diving bezel…. Read More

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It’s hip to be square: the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver video review

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver

Editor’s note: It’s certainly refreshing to witness a timepiece that breaks the archetypal aesthetic tendencies of a fit-for-purpose dive watch. Thing is though, new and innovative divers don’t come around too often … most watchmakers tend to play it pretty safe when it comes to making an amphibious timekeeping device. However, Bell & Ross certainly did buck the trend when they unveiled the BR 03-92 Diver a few years back. We were fortunate enough at the time to go HANDS-ON with the square divers watch, and you can watch the video review below. Enjoy.  Some people say that a leopard can’t change its spots, and you know what? Some people are wrong, as the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver clearly proves. The French watch brand earned their stripes with an impressive array of aviation watches, centred on the square, cockpit-inspired BR 03 case. Well, it turns out that this large, striking design works just as well at depth as it does at altitude. The BR 03-92 Diver is a remarkably smart underwater repurposing of the brand’s famous form. But really, not too much had to be changed. A bezel was added, as was a screw-down crown. The trademark Arabic… Read More

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