Rising from a common passion to design functional products with a clear identity, and a strong taste for timeless inspired military style, both BAPE and Bell & Ross have achieved more than just what they are good at; BAPE isn’t just a clothing line in the same way that Bell & Ross isn’t just another watch brand – it is a lifestyle.
When it came the time for the Japanese lifestyle and streetwear brand to select 25 partners to collaborate with for its much-awaited 25th anniversary, the two brands linked up almost naturally, to play around with their closely related universes, reimagining and redesigning a capsule collection for the iconic square shaped BR03-92 – in two limited edition versions.
The BR03-92 25th Anniversary version features BAPE’s logo that is an Ape’s head with the tagline “Apes Together Strong”, printed on the black dial at 6 o’clock and ultra-phosphorescent green numbers, which is also engraved and hand-filled with lacquer upon the black rubber strap.
Formed by two overlapping inserts, the upper section is cut away around the numerals and indices, revealing the photoluminescent coating covering the lower insert. This contrasting method provides optimal reading of the dial during the daytime, as well as equally remarkable legibility at night thanks to its consistent and masterful Superluminova® C3 treatment.
Limited to only 25 pieces, the BR03-92 25th Anniversary comes in a water-resistant PELICAN® box, and is available in the abovementioned rubber strap, and a leather one, sporting BAPE’s trademark grey camouflage.
The second limited edition model, the BR03-92 Green Camo, combines Bell & Ross’ signature design lines with the original BAPE® CAMO green pattern on its dial. The military tones offer an optimum contrast with its white numbers and Ape’s logo – an ultra-stylish fusion of functionalism design and streetwear style. Limited to 100 pieces, this edition comes in a special packaging with an all over design of the BAPE® CAMO green pattern.
The two minimalist 42 mm watches with their black matte ceramic cases are just like analogue aviation counters, with the shape of the hands and the typography of the numerals ensuring maximum readability, much like it did during the war torn days the watches were inspired from.