The Bell&Ross BR03-92 BAPE proves watch brands can do collabs, too
BAPE - the maker of very cool Japanese streetwear - turns 25-years-old this month, and it's celebrating in style.
The Toyko-based label has collaborated with 25 partners, including a star-studded cast of well-wish brands including the like os Adidas and Barbie, or in the case of watches: Bell & Ross. For its turn with the celebrant, it retools its square-shaped BR03-92 watch into two 42mm editions.
The style of the BAPE watches is decidedly minimalist with matte black ceramic cases. Four screws at each corner discreetly adorn the case, while a raised circular perimeter encloses the dial. The black face is populated by only three elements: the photoluminescent indices and minute and second hands, the logos of the brands, and the very, very tiny date window.
Observe the dial. A clever technique is employed to achieve the look: The topmost layer has cutouts in the forms of the indices and numbers—9, 12, and 3 plus the Bell & Ross logo below 12 o'clock and the BAPE logo (the head of, well, an ape) at 6 o'clock—to reveal the glowing material at bottom, and thereby creating the markers.
As this is, of course, inspired by the counters of airplanes, everything has been designed with utmost legibility in mind. You will never miss the time, whether day or night.
Between the two, it's hard to decide which one is better. The BR03-92 25th Anniversary has that green Superluminova coating piercing through the blacked-out rig, which includes a black-and-white camo on the band, but the the BR03-92 Green Camo, as its names implies, has BAPE's distinct green camo pattern on its face.
The Anniversary edition comes with a larger water-resistant Pelican box and two straps, black rubber and grey camo leather, while the Camo version has a slight smaller box. Both are very limited with only 25 and 100 pieces respectively.