Bell & Ross BR 05 Black Steel & Gold
The Bell & Ross BR 05 Black Steel & Gold is presented in a 40mm case, pairing 18-carat rose gold accents with stainless steel tones. With its rich golden hues, Bell & Ross has created a new variant of the BR 05 which may well appeal to an altogether different audience.
Colours can significantly influence the appearance of a car. Some car models are described as ‘colour sensitive’, looking attractive in one colour while appearing aesthetically awkward in another. Colour can also evoke various emotions or influence the opinion of others. Black sometimes appears sinister, stealthy or, possibly even sensuous. Orange, on the other hand, is likely to polarise opinion. I would urge all prospective car buyers to choose their car’s colour scheme with due care.
The world of horology is no different from the automotive world. Quite simply, colour can have a significant influence on how a model is perceived. Last year, Bell & Ross tapped into the premium sports watch segment, releasing its BR 05 model. It was offered with a choice of an integrated steel bracelet or ribbed rubber strap. More pertinently, the French-Swiss firm offered dials in a choice of black, blue and silver shades. The brand also unveiled a skeleton option and an über-luxurious version in 18-carat rose gold.
This year, no doubt buoyed by the success of the initial versions of the BR 05, the brand has grown its portfolio of models. The BR 05 Skeleton Blue was launched a few weeks ago, sporting an openworked dial paired with a blue-tinted pane of sapphire crystal. Now, the brand has unveiled a bi-metallic option, the Bell & Ross BR 05 Black Steel & Gold. While the shape of the dial and case uphold the design and scale of the model’s forebears, the pairing of steel and gold hues will undoubtedly evoke different thoughts in the onlooker’s mind. Suddenly, the watch looks a tad less sporty and a smidgen more dressy. With a skilful application of golden tones, Bell & Ross has created a variant of the BR 05 which may well appeal to an altogether different audience.
The brand’s press release
Fifteen years ago, Bell & Ross reinvented the aesthetic codes of contemporary watchmaking with the launch of BR 01, a distinctive and singular watch directly inspired by on-board flight instruments.
A square case, a round dial, and one screw in each of the four corners… more than an original concept, the utilitarian design of this watch revolutionized traditional watchmaking codes.
Over the years, this timeless timepiece has continued to evolve without losing its origins and strong identity. Being the ultimate reference in aeronautical watchmaking ever since, Bell & Ross launched – last year – a tool watch for urban explorers, BR05.
The BR 05 belongs to the family of watches with an integrated bracelet: the bracelet fuses with the case to create a unified piece. Accurate, legible, reliable and functional, this new iconic line is completed with a new appealing and complementary timepiece.
The BR05 BLACK STEEL AND GOLD takes on a sport chic look.
With its smart and classic look, this second addition to the BR05 urban collection takes you back into the 80’s spirit by mixing two-tone.
When a technical material meets a precious substance. The combination of satin-finished and polished steel and 18 ct rose gold. The fusion of robustness and sophistication.
Featuring the brand’s iconic graphism, the black sunray dial contrasts perfectly with the rose gold applique numerals, indices, and skeletonised hour and minute hands. For optimum legibility, the latter are filled with Super-LumiNova®.
The bi-material timepiece adorns a BR-CAL.321. mechanism, wound by a 360° ruthenium coated oscillating weight. The sapphire glass caseback reveals the beating heart of this movement.
The 40 mm geometric watch, made of surfaces and angles, ensures the bracelet can adapt seamlessly to any wrist. Equipped with a bi-material – 18 ct rose gold and satin-finished and polished steel – bracelet for an elegant look, or a black rubber strap for a sporty chic touch.
It is the latest jewel of masculinity from Bell & Ross: sculptural and captivating.