It is 100 percent true that Bell & Ross does have round timepieces, but there’s nothing that speaks Bell & Ross like its square model. The Bell & Ross BR 05 you see here is the newest in the brand’s square model. As you can see, it is same, same but yet very different.
It almost feel like, for once, Bell & Ross’ square models are fit for black tie events. Like the iconic BR 03, the BR 05 sports a round in a square design, with the square featuring a pretty extreme round corners. The a round in a square as an integrated case is fused with the matching, classy bracelet, resulting in a unified piece.
In other words, the first link forms part of the case which, though unique, is worthy to note that it is not entirely new design. It was briefly adopted in the 70s by some watchmakers.
• 40 mm angular case
• Satin-finished case with polished bevels
• Alternating satin- and polished finished on the flexible steel bracelet
• Arc of the curve on bracelet allows for seamless fit on any wrist
• Also available with a ribbed rubber strap
• Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
• Folding buckle in satin-polished steel
• Appliqué numerals (if present) and indices coated in Super-LumiNova
• Water resistance to 100 meters (about 330 feet)
Bell & Ross BR 05 is available in silver grey (BR05A-GR-ST/SST), navy blue (BR05A-BLU-ST/SST) or deep black (BR05A-BL-ST/SST) dial face. In addition, there is a 18 ct rose gold version (BR05A-BL-PG/SPG), plus a super dope skeleton dial and mechanism model which allows the glorious caliber BR-CAL.322 automatic mechanical movement to be seen in its full glory.
Unlike the other four models, however, the Skeleton model (BR05A-GR-SK-ST/SST) has a limited run of just 500 pieces. The Skeleton model also differs in the movement. It is powered by calibre BR-CAL.322 automatic mechanical movement that does not have a date function while the rest’s clockwork is courtesy of caliber BR-CAL.321 automatic mechanical movement, wound by a 360-degree oscillating weight.
The Skeleton is pricer too, selling for $6,400 as opposed to $4,900 for the standard models. However, nothing beats the 18 ct rose gold variety that commands a cool $32,500.
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