Why I Bought It: Best Fake Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic

The first time I got to handle a Bell & Ross watch was in the mid-2000s during a visit to Kuala Lumpur. I remember feeling a bit shocked at how passionate the Bell & Ross collectors were and surprised at the camaraderie among them. They casually referred to themselves as “BRos.”

During a get-together with the BRos, I tried on the most popular BR 01 watch: the 46 mm square watch looked massive on my 17-centimeter wrist. I loved its design, but felt I just did not have the wrist size to pull it off.

However, this get-together was the spark that led me to pursue my perfect Bell & Ross instrument watch.

Pilot Rafale wearing his Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic in the cockpit
Love at first sight: best Bell & Ross BR 03-92 replica

Over the next few years visiting Baselworld, I closely followed the evolution of the smaller 42 mm BR 03 series. And in early 2011, at a time when I was living in Prague, I visited the Bell & Ross headquarters in Paris, where I tried on the BR 03-92 Heritage, which I immediately took a liking to.

I bought the watch and took it to my favorite leather atelier in Prague for a custom strap. But my bond with this watch lasted a year and I ended up selling it in 2012. We are called WIS – Watch Idiot Savants – for a reason: I ended up buying and selling this watch twice over the next two years!

Fast forward to 2016, and I’m now living in Austin, Texas. As one of the sponsors of the Renault F1 team, Bell & Ross hosted a Formula 1 event in Austin. There I borrowed a BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic and it dawned on me that it was what I hoped the Heritage would be.

This was the perfect Bell & Ross watch for me, checking all the boxes for the characteristics I expected from an aviation-style instrument watch. I placed my order after the event, and it has been part of my core pilot’s watch collection ever since.

Male Fake Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Watch
What makes the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic so special?

So what does make the Swiss copy Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic so special? In a nutshell, it is the simplicity of the design and appropriate materials. Bell & Ross removed any gimmicks, complications, bells, and whistles – the brand removed “the noise,” as I like to say.

My Heritage had orange numerals and hands (nowadays referred to as “fauxtina” lume), while the contrasting beige strap seemed like too much of a deviation from an aviation instrument watch.

More importantly, the bead-blasted steel case with black carbon powder coating was a scratch magnet and not as comfortable to wear as the ceramic due to its weight. I connected with the design of the Heritage model, but I was yearning for a tool watch.

Bell & Ross must have heard pretty much the same feedback from all the BRos as the brand solved the problem in 2014 by switching to ceramic cases. Ceramic is the perfect material for a tool watch: it is lightweight, does not scratch easily, is hypoallergenic, easy to wear, soft to the touch, and quickly adapts to body temperature.

Using ceramic was also consistent with the watch’s aviation theme. In aeronautics, and especially in aerospace, ceramics are the material of choice for parts that must withstand extremely high temperatures as well as exposure to acids, corrosion, and erosion, so is commonly found in thermal cladding and the nosecones of spacecraft.

Black Matte Ceramic Fake Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Watch
My Perfect Replica Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic

My Black Matte has a high-contrast dial with bright white markers, numerals, and hands against a matte black background. The combination of black and white offers the best contrast for high legibility over any other color combination, which is necessary for an aviation-style instrument watch. The addition of anti-reflective coating and a generous application of Super-LumiNova makes for excellent legibility.

The 12, 3, 6, 9 dial layout with the smaller minute marker track shows direct influence from modern German flieger watches. Which makes total sense as Bell & Ross founders Bruno Belamich and Carlos Rosillo studied under the mentorship of German pilot watch “godfather” Helmut Sinn before launching their own brand based in Paris.

I like the way Bell & Ross executes the date between 4 and 5 o’clock. I usually dislike a tilted date display at that position, which is why, as much as I like Zenith’s El Primero chronograph, its date ruins it for me.

But Bell & Ross designed the small, round date aperture to fit the dial very naturally. The focus remains on the time unless you are looking for the date.

My BR 03-92 Black Matte is powered by an ETA 2892-2 automatic movement, which has a slightly slimmer profile than the 2824-2 movement. In recent years Bell & Ross has also chosen to use a base Sellita SW300-1 caliber, which is similar to the ETA 2892-2.

With a case height of just 9.8 mm I can easily wear it under my shirt cuff, too.

Luminant Dial Copy Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Watch
If I had a magic wand, what would I change about the quality copy Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte?

I’ll start with what I wouldn’t change: I would keep the ceramic case, black-and-white dial, date, slim movement, and rubber strap exactly as they are.

However, I would make the case slightly smaller, as Panerai has recently done with its downsizing of models (see Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio: Good Things Do Come In Smaller Packages).

This watch wears flat on the wrist, but a flat watch with no bezel wears large, even at 42 mm. Bell & Ross also offers a 39 mm Black Matte BR-S in a variety of combinations, but it is powered by a quartz movement.

I have been wearing the Black Matte watch for four years very consistently as part of my rotation. I have swapped out the straps a couple of times, but in the heat of Texas’ climate I find it wears best on a rubber strap.

The ceramic case remains nice and cool during the hot days. I know it is rather cliché to refer to the Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte as being reflective of a brand’s DNA, but this watch is unmistakably Bell & Ross. Just the way I like it.

INTRODUCING: Best Fake TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500 Special Edition Is A Circle Of Blacktop For Your Wrist

The black strap copy watch is made from black steel.

This year, Swiss TAG Heuer replica are celebrating more than a decade and a half of timing partnership with the celebrated NTT IndyCar Series, and are releasing a new special edition watch to mark the occasion. The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500 Special Edition was designed in close collaboration with the IndyCar team, and has a number of design cues that pay specific tribute to the legendary motorsports event. For anyone that has a soft spot for this race, it’s going to be a constant wrist-worn reminder.

For those unfamiliar with the Indianapolis 500 race, it does what it says on the tin. It’s held in Indiana, and it is a gruelling 500-mile race that has been running for more than a century, attracting some of the largest sporting crowds on earth. Known among fans as “The Brickyard”, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit serves as direct inspiration for this latest TAG Heuer release. Early in its life, at the beginning of the 20th century, the entire track was paved with bricks, which were chosen for their relative safety as a driving surface.

The 43 mm fake watch is in limited.
43 MM Fake TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500 Special Edition

Over the years, the bricks have been covered with more modern asphalt, but the start/finish line of the racetrack still features an exposed section of bricks as a nod to the history of the venue. It is these bricks that are featured on the dial of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500 Special Edition, forming a strip across the 3 o’clock chronograph sub-dial.

The 43 mm case is hewn from black DLC sandblasted steel, offering a stealthy profile on the wrist. It matches nicely with the sandblasted ceramic bezel that features the text “INDY 500” at the 2 o’clock position. The solid steel caseback features an engraving of INDY 500, and guarantees the quality copy watch to be water resistant to 200m. Behind the solid caseback is a quartz chronograph movement that powers the watch, keeping the price more affordable and the case-profile slim.

The black strap copy watch is made from black steel.
Black Steel Copy TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500 Special Edition

The black dial has several points of complexity that all add layers of visual depth. The black has a granular finish reminiscent of asphalt, and firmly roots the watch in its motorsport context. The three chronograph sub-dials are azurage-patterned and contrast nicely against the dark dial, and feature trios of red highlights as well as the INDY 500 logo emblazoned across the 6 o’clock sub-dial. In low-light conditions, the generously applied lume becomes visible, ensuring its functionality no matter the time of day.

Perfect fake TAG Heuer have a deep connection with motorsport events around the world, and it is a nice way for the brand to mark 16 years as the Official Timekeeper of the NTT IndyCar Series. The design is reserved, but still thoughtful in the way it visually pays tribute to one of the largest races in North America, and is sure to be popular with fans of the Indy 500 specifically, as well as motorsport enthusiasts on the whole.