BAPE, the Japanese lifestyle and street wear brand, has selected 25 partners, including Bell & Ross, to celebrate their much-awaited 25th anniversary. BAPE isn’t just a clothing line in the same way as Bell & Ross isn’t just another watch brand. It is a lifestyle. Arising from a common passion to design functional products with a clear identity, and a strong taste for timeless inspired military-style, the two singular brands have linked up to play around with their closely related universes. This exciting news was unveiled during BAPE’s recent “BAPE XXV” exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.
For this special occasion, Bell & Ross, the ultimate reference in professional aviation watches, has imagined and designed a capsule collection. It comes as no surprise that Bell & Ross chose its iconic square shape case, the BR03-92 for this specific collaboration. The two minimalist 42 mm watches – with their black matte ceramic cases – are just like analogue aviation counters; the shape of the hands and the typography of the numerals ensuring a total ease of reading.
The same applies to the dials’ design which is inspired by military techniques of marking for maximum legibility. Formed by two overlapping inserts, the upper section is cut away around the numerals and indices, revealing the photoluminescent coating covering the lower insert. This contrasting method provides optimal reading of the dial during the daytime, as well as equally remarkable legibility at night thanks to its consistent and masterful photoluminescence.
The BR03-92 25th Anniversary
The 25th anniversary version will feature BAPE’s logo – an Ape’s head – printed on its black dial at 6 o’clock and ultra-phosphorescent green numbers. Its modern design and functionalist dial fulfills the mission of displaying time with the utmost efficiency thanks to the Superluminova® C3 treatment.
Limited to only 25 pieces, the BR03-92 25th Anniversary comes in a water-resistant PELICAN® box, and is available with two straps: a black rubber version with BAPE’s iconic character – engraved and hand-filled with lacquer – and a leather one, sporting BAPE’s trademark grey camouflage.
The BR03-92 Green Camo
Another limited edition of 100 is launched alongside. This model combines Bell & Ross’ signature design lines with the original green pattern BAPE® CAMO on its dial. The military tones offer an optimum contrast with its white numbers and Ape’s logo. The result is an ultrastylish fusion of functionalism design and streetwear style. These models are available on BAPE’s retail network and on selective Bell & Ross’ boutiques.