BY HARLAN CHAPMAN-GREEN
You may remember that earlier in the year, I reviewed Omega’s Speedmaster Chronoscope. Well, of course, you remember being a follower of WristReview (and if not, why not?). I remember that you lot were pretty mixed about the Chronoscope in the comments, but a familiar theme was that you weren’t sure if it was legible. I tried to get across that it sort of was, but maybe I need to work on that. So, given that you readers seem to like watches you can actually read, I wonder what you’ll make of Bell & Ross’ new watch, the BR 03-94 Multimeter.
Just like the Chronoscope, the Multimeter can measure different things on its chronograph. It’ll measure your beat rate with a pulsometer, your rate of breathing with an asthmometer, and it’ll measure speed in three different ways. The three tachymeters are calibrated for different things. Tachymeter 1 is for cars over a long distance, while two and three are for people, either on a bike or running. The idea is that you can therefore use this to time more likely scenarios than with the standard tachymeter on, say, a Speedmaster. I hope the colours make it a little easier to see because the subdials seem hard to read, and I have no idea why there’s a date window at all. Perhaps if the diameter were enough, it wouldn’t be so bad.
The case measures 42mm in diameter and is made of ceramic, it’s also matte black like all of Bell & Ross’ best watches. It’s also water-resistant to 100m.
Inside it is the automatically-wound BR-CAL.301, which is based on an ETA 2892-4. It has a 4Hz beat rate and is good for 42-hours.
I’m not sure about the legibility of this one, but it needs to be seen in person to judge. That might be pretty difficult as they’re only making 500 and they cost $5800. Visit Bell & Ross here.