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Bell & Ross Adds New Luxurious Watches to its BR 05 Collection

The Midas touch or iced-out... the BR 05 scales the luxury ladder.

| By Monochrome | 2 min read |

A brand long specialised in instrument watches, and specifically watches made for pilots, in 2019, Bell & Ross started to diversify its portfolio by introducing its vision of a watch with an integrated bracelet and a more urban and contemporary style. The recipient of this change in direction was the brand’s emblematic BR 05 model. Following the introduction of the chronograph model and the GMT version recently, the Parisian brand adds luxurious editions to its collection with the new BR 05 Skeleton Gold and BR 05 Diamond. 

BR 05 Skeleton Gold

This isn’t the first time the brand has offered luxurious editions of its contemporary, urban-oriented watch. Right from the beginning, there was a full gold edition of the BR 05 offered in limited edition. And later, Bell & Ross launched the two-tone edition. In the same vein, the Skeleton model has since become a classic for the collection and presented in grey, blue and Nightlum editions. What B&R is doing today with the BR 05 Skeleton Gold is mixing styles and introduces a full rose gold edition of the automatic openworked version, available either on a black rubber strap or a solid gold bracelet. And to give it the full Midas touch, the bridges of the movement, the hands and the markers have been plated in rose gold. For the rest, specifications remain identical to the BR 05 Skeleton Blue we went hands-on with here. This version is limited to 99 pieces.

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Quick facts: 40mm diameter – 18k rose gold case, brushed and polished – sapphire crystals front/caseback – 100m water-resistant – automatic calibre BR-CAL.322 (Sellita base), 4Hz, 38h power reserve – ref. BR05A-PG-SK-PG limited to 99 pieces – black rubber strap on 18k rose gold folding clasp, EUR 21,900 – 18k rose gold bracelet with folding clasp, EUR 31,900

BR 05 Diamond

The second version introduced by the brand is the BR 05 Diamond. Using the classic stainless steel case and closed dial of the Automatic models, the novelty here is the incorporation of diamonds in the bezel (172 stones for a total of 0.88ct) and on the hour markers (11 stones for 0.08ct) contrasting with the sunray-brushed black dial. All specifications are, other than the stones, identical to the classic BR 05 Automatic.

Three versions of the BR 05 Diamond will be available. One comes on a black rubber strap with a steel folding clasp. The second is equipped with an integrated stainless steel bracelet, while the third adds diamonds to the central links of its steel bracelet (218 stones or 2.84ct).

Quick facts: 40mm diameter – stainless steel case, brushed and polished – sapphire crystals front/caseback – 100m water-resistant – automatic calibre BR-CAL.321 (Sellita base), 4Hz, 38h power reserve – ref. BR05A-BL-STFLD – black rubber strap with steel clasp, EUR 9,900 – stainless steel bracelet (no diamond), EUR 10,400 – stainless steel bracelet with diamonds, EUR 19,900

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2 responses

  1. If you have over 30K€ to spend in a gold watch, you probably won’t choose B&R…

    Although I love this brand and the overall look and feel of their steel watches, I don’t think the movement is good enough to be locked into such a huge chunk of gold.

    Go to VC, Patek, Jaeger or even Rolex for that price !!

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