It was just two years ago when Bell & Ross first announced their BR-05 collection. The sporty design combined the watchmaker’s signature square-shaped “flight instrument” design with the trendy and luxurious integrated bracelet steel sports watch look. The unexpected combo was a big success and made the BR-05 a modern classic, and now Bell & Ross is taking the line in a new and seriously high-end direction.
Bell & Ross has introduced the BR-05 Skeleton Gold, the flashiest and most expensive entry in the series to date. The new watch features the same BR-05 silhouette you know and love — the rounded-off square case, quad-screwed bezel, and silky integrated bracelet — but there’s nary a spec of stainless steel to be seen. In its place is 155 grams of solid 18K rose gold making up the satin-finished and polished 40mm case and tapering bracelet. The traditional dial is also gone, replaced by a far more showy skeletonized version. Visible below the sapphire crystal and rose gold-gilded hands and indices is the Calibre BR-CAL.322 automatic movement, which is dressed up here with rose gold plating to perfectly match the rest of the watch. But in spite of the watch’s flashy and precious appearance, this is still a Bell & Ross, which means you’re getting a robust timepiece with 100m water resistance.
As you may have surmised, the Bell & Ross BR-05 is not a cheap watch. On the bracelet, the timepiece is priced at $34,700. If you want to save a few bucks and skip the bracelet, the BR-05 Skeleton Gold is also available on a black textured rubber strap for $23,700 — not exactly a budget pick, but still eleven grand cheaper. Both versions are available from Bell & Ross’s website and are limited to 99 total units combined.
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