When first introduced, the Bell & Ross BR 05 collection gave us a more toned-down, urban-oriented take on the circle-within-a-square design that made the Parisian brand famous. And gradually the collection has been expanded from a simple yet handsome three-handed watch to chronograph, GMT, and skeletonized variations in a range of colours and materials. Returning to the most restrained member of the family, the time-and-date model, Bell & Ross now provides a bit of warmth for the coming autumn and winter months, with the Bell & Ross BR 05 Copper Brown.
The stainless steel case of the BR 05 Copper Brown features the familiar soft-rounded square-ish profile of the entire BR 05 line-up. The bezel has a brushed finish on top, with a broad polished bevel all-around and functional screws on each corner. The crown guards are screwed in place, and protect the screw-down crown from unwanted knocks and bumps. Sapphire crystals cover both sides of the watch and are given an anti-reflective coating. With a water-resistance rating of 100m, it’s more than capable to withstand a splash in the pool if you feel like it.
The dial is where the BR 05 Copper Brown stands out from its siblings. Now finished in a copper-brown tone, obviously, it provides a warm, luxurious appeal. It’s the fourth colour to appear on the three-handed BR 05, after the more common colours of silver, black and blue. Spread around the dial are applied indices and numerals with luminescent inserts. The central hour and minute hands have a Super-LumiNova fille centre spine, with a needle-like seconds hand completing the set. The date window at 3 o’clock has a metal frame to make it stand out a bit more.
The BR-CAL.321 automatic movement, based on the tried-and-tested Sellita SW 300-1, is visible through the rear sapphire crystal. Driven by a full skeletonized rotor, much like the other BR 05 models using this movement, it runs at a rate of 28,800vph and provides 42 hours of power reserve. The movement allows for a quick setting of the date through the crown and has a stop-second function when the crown is pulled out.
The new Bell & Ross BR 05 Copper Brown is worn on either a texture brown rubber strap or a brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet, both with a folding clasp to secure it to your wrist. The two variations retail for EUR 4,400 (rubber) and EUR 4,900 (bracelet) respectively.
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