The New Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Golden
A new colour for the classic skeleton urban watch of B&R.
When launched in 2019, the Bell & Ross BR 05 collection was, without a doubt, the most important release of the brand since the presentation of the emblematic BR 01 – the watch that defined the brand’s style, the circle within a square. While most of the previous collections were focused on military and aviation inspirations, the BR 05 steered the brand into luxury sports watch territories with a far more urban vocation. Since then, we’ve seen multiple iterations with a chronograph, a GMT or a bolder experimental style. A recurring theme of the BR 05 collection has been the skeleton watch, which today comes in a new colour with a steel case and a golden dial.
The Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton has now become a classic within the collection, with several takes on the same concept. Following the inaugural model of 2019, with a grey dial, the brand brought limited editions in blue, in black with lume contrast, in a high-end full gold edition, and in 2022 in green. Without changing the concept, it is now back in a new tone, a gold-coloured dial contrasting with a steel case.
The recipe is the same as before. The BR 05 Skeleton shares its case with the classic time-and-date version of this rather unique luxury sports watch, meaning a rounded square case with a multi-step design and a raised bezel featuring the brand’s four signature screws. Brushed on most surfaces, with nicely executed polished bevels for a dynamic look, the case measures 40mm across and has a reasonable height of 10mm. The skeleton movement doesn’t alter other elements, and the crown still screws down, is inserted between lateral guards and guarantees a water-resistance of 100m.
What’s new this year is the colour scheme of the dial. While gold has been used in the past in this reference, this was in a solid gold model with a dial and a movement tinted in gold. The style is a bit different here. First, the gold colour contrasts with the cold steel case. Only the flange, hands and markers are coated in gold. However, the movement underneath is still rhodium-plated, but the sapphire dial is tinted in a translucent gold colour. The rest remains identical to other editions of the BR 05 Skeleton, with a dynamic and modern take on the skeleton movement.
Talking about mechanics, this new BR 05 Skeleton Golden relies on the calibre BR-CAL.322, a movement specific to Bell & Ross that is based on the architecture of the Sellita SW300. The back shows a 360° rotor and a matte decoration. The movement beats at 4Hz and stores about 40 hours of power reserve.
The new Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Golden is released as a limited edition of 500 pieces, available either with an integrated stainless steel bracelet, with a folding clasp or a striped brown rubber strap, also with a folding clasp. Available now for pre-order with deliveries in March 2023, the watches will be priced at EUR 6,900 on a rubber strap and EUR 7,400 on a steel bracelet. For more details, please visit bellross.com.
Next month, you’ll have another article for this BR, but this time in red, then, in purple and then…
Ok, my guess here is that they have a lot of stock of this BR05 and the only way to get rid of it is by dying the crystal in a new “Limited Edition” every 6 months to renew with its hype in the beginning.
I own this watch with its classic blue dial and I can say it does not worth the +7K€ they ask for the quality.
You can have an OP41 with fancy dial for this price (if you can find one) or even a SMP300M for cheaper than that !
The price, as always is just silly.