French watch brand Bell & Ross is renowned for crafting timepieces that excel in the air, on land, and underwater and has partnered with La Patrouille de France in the sky and Alpine on the ground. Now, it ventures into the seas in a new partnership with the esteemed France-based Fondation Tara Océan. To mark this collaboration, Bell & Ross introduces the BR 03-92 Diver Tara, a special blue ceramic watch designed to endure the rigours of maritime exploration.
The Tara Ocean initiative aims to explore the seas, deepen our understanding of the maritime world, share scientific knowledge, and enhance public awareness. For two decades, the Foundation has championed innovative ocean science, collaborating with world-leading research centres to delve into marine biodiversity, study the effects of climate change and pollution, and anticipate their impacts.
To support this good cause, Bell & Ross partners with the Tara Océan Foundation and works with the crew of the schooner Tara. This 36-meter aluminum-hulled vessel, formerly named “Antarctica” and “Seamaster”, bears witness to a tragic chapter in its history. Once owned by the renowned New Zealand yachtsman Peter Blake, it faced adversity when he was shot and killed by pirates in 2001 while monitoring environmental changes on the Amazon River. Now, with the new owner, renamed and dedicated to ecological expeditions, Tara sails the world’s seas, navigating perilous conditions.
Building on the success of the BR 03-92 Diver range introduced in 2017, Bell & Ross continues to expand the collection with diverse models to cater to different tastes. The BR 03-92 Diver Tara has a 42mm matte blue ceramic case and a unidirectional rotating blue and orange ceramic bezel, presenting a fresh aesthetic. The diving bezel is graduated to 60 minutes in 5-minute intervals, with an orange sector for the initial 15 minutes in 1-minute increments, marked by a distinctive triangle at the top.
The screw-down crown with the signature crown guard and the four corner screws maintain the familiar design. The solid caseback features an image of the schooner Tara, limited edition numbering, the brand logo, and the reference, and emphasizes the 300m water resistance.
The blue metal dial ensures optimal legibility, with bold applied indices and a clear white minute track on the inner flange. Luminescence in low-light conditions is heightened by the Super-LumiNova coating on the dial elements, extending to the hour and minute hands. The vibrant orange seconds “lollipop” hand ensures immediate identification with its lume-treated section for enhanced readability. The brand’s logo appears in white in the upper part of the dial, while the Tara Océan Foundation logo is showcased in orange and white below the centre. The impressive 300m/1000ft water resistance is inscribed, and there is a discreet round date aperture at 4:30.
The BR 03-92 Diver Tara houses the familiar BR-CAL.302 automatic calibre, based on the Sellita SW300, offering approximately 40 hours of power reserve and operating at 28,800 vibrations/hour. To ensure a comfortable fit on the wrist, Bell & Ross provides a flexible blue woven rubber strap closed with a steel pin buckle with a blue PVD coating.
Limited to 999 pieces, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Tara is priced at EUR 5,700. In commitment to the cause, Bell & Ross pledges to donate a portion of the profits from each watch sold to support the Tara Océan Foundation’s critical initiatives. For more information on the Foundation, please visit fondationtaraocean.org, and to learn more about the watch, visit bellross.com.