French watchmaker Bell & Ross has unveiled two new variants of its BR 05 watch which earned the reputation as a tool for urban explorers. We even named it 2019’s most exciting watch release. Like their established counterparts, these new pieces are defined by square cases, round dials and one screw in each of the four corners.
The BR 05 Skeleton Blue features a blue-tinted transparent dial which functions as a window through to the skeleton movement. This model is a limited edition with 500 examples available. The other new model is the BR 05 Black Steel & Gold which transports you back to the ’80s by mixing the two tones. This watch appears to be a permanent member of the BR 05 family.
Both Bell & Ross watches feature a 40mm case made from satin-polished steel with a sapphire crystal caseback. They are both water-resistant to 100 metres. They differ in regards to almost every other detail.
The BR 05 Skeleton Blue operates the skeletonised calibre BR-CAL.322 movement that’s wound by a 360-degree blue-coated oscillating weight. The face reveals hours, minutes and seconds with Super-LumiNova-treated indices making them legible after dark. The strap is available in the buyer’s choice of blue rubber or satin polished steel, and the Bell & Ross logo is metallised on the caseback.
The BR 05 Black Steel & Gold model benefits from the addition of 18k rose gold detailing on the steel case. This watch operates the calibre BR-CAL.321 movement wound by a 360-degree ruthenium coated oscillating weight. The sapphire glass caseback reveals the beating heart of this movement. The face indicates hours, minutes, seconds and date, legible after dark thanks to Super-LumiNova-treated indices. The buyer has a choice of black rubber, or 18 ct rose gold and satin-finished steel straps.
The latest additions to the Bell & Ross BR 05 range are currently available for pre-order. The limited-edition BR 05 Skeleton Blue is priced at AUD$10,400 and launches at the end of June 2020. The BR 05 Black Steel & Gold is priced at $16,000 and releases in July 2020.