In 2009, Bell & Ross made a lasting impression by breaking with traditional watchmaking codes with its first “Skull” BR 01. This year, the brand presented a surprising variant, the BR01 SKULL BRONZE – watch released as a limited edition of 500 pieces.
Faithful to the spirit of the 1944 parachutists and their emblem, the BR 01 SKULL BRONZE boldly displays a skull and crossbones formed by the bezel and the screws, which resembles the pirate flags of the past. Sporting the colour black, which symbolises death, the “phantom”monochrome dial features other traditional military codes as its hour and minute hands: the dagger and the sabre. The bronze colour of the case and the aged look of the leather strap reinforce the vintage and warrior aspects of the watch, which is certain to win over collectors and watchlovers of character.
To give the new BR 01 SKULL BRONZE a unique look, Bell & Ross chose to produce its case using bronze with a microblasted finish. In perfect compliance with watchmaking quality standards, this alloy of copper (92%) and tin (8%) offers excellent resistance to wear while sporting a very distinctive colour. Initially presenting a shade suggesting tones of pink or red gold, bronze acquires a patina over time, which gives it an incomparable ancient look. This aged appearance is the result of bronze adapting to its environment (temperature, humidity, friction, etc.). Without impacting the solidity and longevity of the material, this patina, which varies depending on the climate and the season, gives the BR 01 SKULL BRONZE a particular colouring that makes every watch an absolutely unique piece.
Examples of patina or corrosion making each piece unique.
While bronze has resolutely survived many millennia, Bell & Ross is bringing it into the modern age by combining it with grade 5 titanium, which gives the case back hypoallergenic properties and extreme lightness, making it very comfortable to wear.
With its use of bronze and the reference to legendary military codes, the BR 01 SKULL BRONZE constitutes a new icon. Yet this watch is also thoroughly contemporary; the famous 46 mm square case of the BR 01 contains a self-winding movement which combines accuracy, solidity and performance. A screw-down crown gives the watch a water resistance of up to 100 m, while the sapphire crystal stands out with its golden indices in the shape of spikes, obtained by plating the inside with metal.
To preserve the purity of the design and the aesthetic balance of the watch, its mechanism was designed to enable the hand spindle to be positioned at the exact centre of the skull. This is a distinctive position, as demonstrated by the decentred crown. In a nod to charmingly vintage technology, the skull in the middle of the dial glows in the dark thanks to the use of appliqué B-light photoluminescent pigment. Finally, a specific tanning technique to create worn-effect leather and tone-on-tone stitching give the brown strap its old-fashioned look.
automatic mechanical. BR-CAL.302.
hours and minutes.
46 mm in diameter. Bronze CuSn8. Screw-down crown.
black. Photoluminescent skull.
Gilt hands. Gilt metal index underneath the crystal.
sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
aged brown calfskin.
pin. Bronze PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coated steel.