“Wait. By ‘Full Lum’ do you really mean full lume?!”
Oh, heck yes! With the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Full Lum, the Paris-based watch manufacturer is extremely keen to, quite literally, outshine the competition. First off, if you think the idea of a watch that’s pretty much 100% lume is cool, wait till you see the purchase process. Precisely today, November 15, the BR 03-92 Full Lum will hit the market in the form of ballots. Mind you, this is a global event and if you’re keen, best move fast.
“Yes, yes, YES! I WANT!”
Good. If you’re in Malaysia, quickly make your way to the Bell & Ross boutiques in either Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (Lot 3.46.00 Level 3), The Gardens Mall Kuala Lumpur (Lot F-230A, First Floor) or Gurney Plaza Penang (Lot 170-G-26, Ground Floor). As I’ve mentioned, ballot registration began today at 10:00 am and will close on November 22 2019 at 5:59 pm. Next up is the ballot draw which is now set for the same day as registration closes at 6:00 pm. Once the ballots have been selected, customers will then get to purchase the watch at the boutique on November 23, 10 am to 1 pm.
“… and back to the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Full Lum.”
For what it’s worth, you gotta’ hand it to the folks at B&R. Under sunlight, it’s a relatively simple watch but once the lights go out, it’s a whole different story. See, the Full Lum’s dial is coated with a layer of paint made from Super-Luminova C3 luminescent pigments. What this means is a lume show that resembles a full on back-lit light. The rubber strap is another aspect to marvel at. During its construction, the same luminescent pigments were “hot moulded and pressed” into the strap. The result? A rubber strap that glows bright green when it gets dark.
According to B&R, the Super-Luminova C3 compound is “the most resistant, the most intense, and the most innovative variant.” I guess we can expect lume so bright and long-lasting that owners will have to store it in a drawer at night or risk serious bouts of insomnia.
“Anything else we should know about the watch?”
Well, for starters the case size is 42 mm and is fashioned out of matte black ceramic. The dial itself is pretty simple in terms of overall aesthetics with a small date window at the 04:30 mark. A sapphire crystal with a layer of AR (anti-reflective) coating is to be found. Within the watch beats the BR-CAL.302, a Sellita SW300-1-based movement. The 25-jeweled calibre beats at a rate of 4 Hz and power reserve stands at 38 hours. Aside from that, water resistance is quoted at a decent 100 m.
“Last but not least…”
The price? Yes, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Full Lum comes with a price tag of RM17,000. With that said, having money alone isn’t going to cut it. As mentioned, it’s going to come down to luck as well because the ballot you cast could be one of the lucky ones. To the few bold enough to punt for this, I wish you all the best. Break a leg!