Saturday, June 12, 2021

176 Million Cases and the Red Radar Timepiece

Okay, the global caseload is 176 million and 3.8 million deaths. 

By now, it is crystal clear that we are dealing with a virus that spreads far more easily – probably more than twice as easily – as the version that emerged in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. 

The Alpha variant, first identified in Kent, UK, performed a large jump in its ability to transmit. Now Delta, seen first in India, leapt even further. This is evolution in action. 

We must now ask if we are doomed to a never-ending parade of new and improved variants that get harder and harder to contain? Or is there a limit to how much worse coronavirus can become? 

Only time will tell. 

Talking about time, Bell & Ross, the high-end watch maker revered by timepiece cognoscenti everywhere have re-released one of the brand's most emblematic and boldest designs. 

Their Red Radar model was first introduced in 2011 – it’s a non-conformist timepiece that provides a radar-inspired way of reading time. I think it's really cool! Its graphics reproduced the scanning motion of the light beam on a radar screen with realism. 

The display is composed of two concentric discs, which are fused with the dial. The external one displays the hours and the inner one shows the minutes. They replace the traditional hours and minutes hands. 

To read the time, you’ll have to use the two small planes, which are screen-printed and appear to fly over the dial. 

Finally, a red central hand displays the seconds, like the scanning bar found on a real radar. 

The other cool thing to finalize the display of this highly innovative piece is the sapphire crystal, which is red-tinted and that features the hour and minute scales printed on the inner side. 

The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic (ref. BR0392-RRDR-CE/SRB) will be limited to 999 pieces and available as of July 2021. It will retail for €3,900. 

If I can afford, I would want it, for sure!

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