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Bell & Ross’ Carbon-fiber Feat

James D. Malcolmson

Carbon fiber is almost an object of fetish in the watch industry, which has molded and forged the material as well as used it for almost superfluous decoration. While Bell & Ross’ latest BR01 92 & 94 also sports the distinctive shimmer of the woven cloth material as a dial aesthetic, the case itself is a carbon-fiber laminate. Sheets of the material are impregnated with resin and laid up, one on top of the other and compressed as the resin cures, leaving a very light, incredibly stiff material. This is the way it is actually used in the aircraft industry, which is a perfect fit for the company’s functional, quasi-military design ethic. (888.307.7887, www.bellross.com)

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