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As we predicted four months ago when the partnership between Bell & Ross and the Patrouille Acrobatique de France was announced, the firm founded by Bruno Bellamich and Carlos Rosillo has just presented its first watch resulting from this collaboration. Certainly, this connection is one of the most natural and coherent that could happen: on the one hand, a French watchmaking firm whose DNA comes from the aeronautical world, and on the other, the French army’s aerobatics squadron.

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Patrouille de France

The Patrouille Acrobatique de France

The Patrouille Acrobatique de France (in French: Patrouille Acrobatique de France), usually called Patrouille de France and abbreviated PAF, is the aerobatic demonstration team of the French Air Force(Armée de l’Air), one of the oldest and most highly regarded aerobatic groups in the world.

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Patrouille de France

The beginnings of the Patrouille de France can be traced back to the first recorded patrol, the Etampes, with three Morane Saulnier MS-230 aircraft. It was created in 1931 by a group of instructors from the Flight Training School, under Captain Amouroux. They trained to fly on patrol within their respective squadrons in order to fulfill the representational mission incumbent upon them, a tradition that is maintained today with the Patrouille de France, through aerial displays consisting of precision aerobatics.

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Other aerobatic teams were born later, but of all these patrols, it is the 3rd squadron of Commander Delachenal that will have the honour of being named “Patrouille de France”. This name is attributed to Jacques Noetinger, commentator of the Algiers exhibition on 17 May 1953, who proclaimed to the public “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Patrol of France salutes you! «. On 14 September of the same year, the General Staff endorsed the name.

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Bell & Ross - Patrouille de France

Three years later, the Patrouille de France made its first exhibition abroad, and a year later, in 1957, the mechanics of this patrol proceeded to install the first smoke capsule. Initially only red, it became tricolour in 1958. Currently the squadron formed by 9 pilots and 35 mechanics has 12 Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet aircraft.

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Patrouille de France

This new Bell & Ross BR 03-94 reference is the fruit of the joint work between the firm and the pilots, merging the unmistakable Bell & Ross aeronautical-inspired square design with the specific needs and requirements of the French squadron’s professionals. Due to this functional adaptation, the BR 03-94 Patrouille de France exhibits some differences from the standard model.

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There are in fact two watches presented by Bell & Ros, and they differ only in their movement: the BR 03-94 Patrouille de France which will be worn by the pilots is not a mechanical watch, but a quartz watch (BR-Cal.104), a specific request of the team for the sake of greater precision. This reference is available in a limited edition of 100 pieces. But the one that interests us most is its “twin brother”, inside which beats the mechanical caliber BR-Cal. 301.

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Patrouille de France

As a member of the BR 03 family, its square case, with visible screws at the corners, measures 42 mm on each side and houses a round dial (the usual Bell & Ross “circle within a square”). Also at the request of the pilots, the case is made of matt black ceramic, offering lightness and resistance while avoiding particularly undesirable reflections during flight. The right-hand side houses the rectangular chronograph pushers and the discreet knurled crown, while the water-resistance achieved is 100 metres.

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Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Patrouille de France

An important point of differentiation from the standard BR 03-94 is the presence of a bi-directional bezel, also in black ceramic, equipped with a scale for 60 minutes or seconds, depending on whether it is used together with the minute or seconds hand. As usual, it comes with two straps: a rubber strap with black PVD buckle and a fabric strap with Velcro.

Blue dial with the Patrouille de France logo

But the most striking element of this timepiece is its dial, which is based on the colour codes and emblem of the aerobatics unit. The dial is matte dark blue, on which the scales and indexes are set in white for excellent contrast and legibility. The typical Bell & Ross hands are largely coated in white Super-LumiNova, as are the hour markers and the large numeral at 12 o’clock. As requested by the team, the watch is equipped with the chronograph function, the indications of which we can read through its red hands: 30-minute totalizer at 9 o’clock and central jogger. This functionThe tachymeter scale on the inner flange allows the calculation of average speeds. And, of course, there is the Patrouille de France logo printed at 6 o’clock, a gold-coloured circle with 9 fighters in formation.

Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Patrouille de France

Inside beats the BR-CAL.301 calibre, a mechanism with modular architecture and automatic winding based on the ETA 2894. Vibrating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), it has a power reserve of 42 hours. It offers hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, date at 4:30 and chronograph functions with 30-minute totalizer and central seconds.

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The limited edition of 500 units of the Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Patrouille de France automatic will be available at the end of this July through the brand’s online store and authorized retailers, and its price will be 5,900 €. For its part, the quartz version will cost 100 euros less: €4,900.

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