Established as recently as 1992, Bell & Ross is already internationally renowned as a premier watchmaker for pilots, astronauts, divers, and even bomb-disposal experts. There’s an inherent toughness that defines their timepieces, which perfectly complements the personality of their clientele — the bold and intrepid urban explorer and professional. So when the French horologer launched its newest uber cool, performance-based BR 05 collection — the BR 05 Black Steel, BR 05 Grey Steel and BR 05 Blue Steel — excitement streaked through the air like a fighter jet.
Given the specialised nature of these markets, each timepiece delivers precise, advanced technical functionality and reliability. This can be credited partly to the automatic movement of the BR-CAL 321 caliber watches. What is an unexpected surprise, however, is the stylish package this superior technology comes wrapped in. This takes the form of an integrated construction, wherein the steel bracelet melds seamlessly with the steel case to create a single unified unit.
Another interesting design feature of the BR 05 watches are their round dials, which sit within a square setting, reminiscent of and inspired by the clocks seen in an airplane’s cockpit. Giving these timepieces a contemporary touch, though, is their super glossy, satin-polished veneer, which extends from their 40mm cases lined by silky smooth bevels, down the entire length of its steel straps. And despite its tough material, the flexibility of the latter is such that it wraps comfortably around the wearer’s wrist. A ribbed rubber strap alternative, however, is also available for those days when a fashionable change is in order.
The dials of the BR 05 range come in a three defining colours — jet black, silvery grey and an electric blue. Each offers an impactful background to the Super-LumiNova® indices, numerals and hands, providing much-needed, highly enhanced legibility. Another model with a skeletal dial that allows one to actually see the operating mechanism underneath is also part of the very manly BR 05 collection.