September 6, 2019

Announcing
their new BR 05 Watch Collection, Bell & Ross, a brand known for its iconic
square BR03 model, keeps with its aviation roots, while giving us a fresh
perspective on its round-in-square design. What is evident is the consistency
in elements like legibility, functionality, reliability and precision. What’s
been upgraded is its urban looks and overall feel of the watches.

Bell & Ross’s iconic identity
remains intact with the lines of the case and the combination of round and
square. The basic principles of geometric forms have a playful interaction and
the result is a very different looking watch, that somehow still feels familiar
and confident in the rigors of a city life. BR05 is intended for ‘the urban
explorers.’

Unified Design that Works

Noticeable on the BR05 family of watches is
the fact that the makers have used an integrated case, where the bracelet fuses
to it, and forms a unified design. According to Bruno Belamich, Bell &
Ross’ co-founder and creative director, this integration is aligned to the brand’s
visual identity. At the same time the styling and design codes are slightly retro-seventies,
and yet modern enough to match the current needs of consumers.  

Very loosely you can also say that the watch
is inspired by
the classic designs of Gerald Genta. The size of the case for this collection
is 40 mm, and given the particular form, it’s not very ample on slim wrists. To
cater to a wide variety of audiences, the watches will be available in steel
and gold cases, with bracelet and rubber strap combinations. There are dial
color options to choose from, which includes a very impressive skeletonized
version.

Under the Hood Power

Bell & Ross empowers the
new collection a brand new automatic caliber – the BR CAL.321. A skeletonized
movement – the calibre BR CAL.322, which is just the skeletonized version of
the standard BR CAL.321, is also a part of the collection. If you think about
it, this entire collection comes across as very sensible and distinctive and counter the proposition
of a dressy sports watch, quite intelligently.

The design
of this new collection is envisioned completely in-house and although the case measures
only 40 mm, it fits wide and seems like it can cover a solid wrist. The case is
built to be water resistant up to 100 meters and is supported by sapphire
crystals at both ends. The talking point about the fitting of the watch, is of
course the integrated strap and bracelet design – which tapers naturally to
form the perfect fit.

As
you can see, the dial comes in options and features detailing like the grouping
of an hour marker and an Arabic numeral for some of the indices. The power
reserve on the watches are two days, which is a decent number.

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