It’s no secret that Bell & Ross draws heavily on military and aviation cues for its coveted watches, but when the BR 05 was unveiled, it showcased a more urbanised twist to its emblematic models.
Launched just last year, the BR 05 was designed for a very different adventurer in mind. It was made for the urban explorer, one who traversed the concrete jungle more than the rugged wilderness, but wanted to do so without sacrificing neither form nor function. The sporty timepiece immediately took off thanks to its unique take on the firm’s signature shape (a “circle within a square”), integrated bracelet and highly legible face.
This year, the French horologer takes it up a notch by introducing a chronograph function for the model’s first natural evolution. Whilst the standard BR 05 had large Arabic numerals at every quadrant, this fresh addition sees a date window at 4.30 and two snailed counters (chronograph minute and small seconds) where the three o’clock and nine o’clock markers would’ve been, lending a neo-retro look that reminds of the brand’s proud heritage. The watch is accompanied by chronograph pushers flanking the crown for a sleek but extra sporty twist.
Within the satin-polished surfaces and perfectly polished bevels lies the calibre BR-CAL.301, an automatic mechanical movement that provides precision and accuracy no matter where the day brings you. Two dial variations are available here — the “Black Steel” and “Blue Steel” — and both see a slight growth to 42mm, up from 40mm in the original BR 05.
Depending on your lifestyle, you’ll want to choose between the rubber strap and integrated bracelet. The former is stellar if you’re the outdoorsy sort, while the latter will fit in comfortably with business lunches or boardroom meetings. If it’s presence you’re after, Bell & Ross definitely has it delivered within this robust and refined package. The urban explorer has plenty to look forward to during his next adventure.
The BR 05 Chrono is available at Bell & Ross boutiques and online here, and retails at S$8,700 for the rubber strap variant, and S$9,500 for the integrated steel bracelet version.