Since 1992, Bell & Ross has been dedicated to creating instruments for the wrist, introducing watch aficionados to a new brand of utilitarian watches.

Almost three decades later, the brand’s “circle within a square” design has become one of the most recognisable shapes in the industry, an aesthetic that has since found its way onto many military-inspired and, recently, sleek contemporary timepieces. This year, Bell & Ross spins elegance and sophistication into the equation with the BR 05 Blue Gold, a refined take on the sporty chic watch style that has become exceedingly popular.

The BR 05 Blue Gold sees a satin-finished and polished 18k rose gold case that sets the perfect backdrop for its navy blue sunray dial within. While decidedly more regal and lavish, the watch still retains the industrial-chic look that propelled the brand to fame. The bezel, for example, has been finished with four bolts at each corner, an element borrowed from the iconic BR 01. 

Timelessness and good looks aside, this colour combination also scores high on functionality and readability — two cornerstones of Bell & Ross’s design ethos. The matching gilded appliqué numerals, hour markers, and hands are Super-LumiNova-filled and stand out against the richly coloured dial, allowing its wearer to tell the time under any circumstance — even at night. A date window sits at three o’clock.

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With a new hyper flexible design, the ergonomic satin-finished and polished 18k rose gold bracelet sits flushed on the wrist for a more svelte look. If you spend more time out on a yacht or by the pool (it’s water resistant to 100m), you might want to consider the version with the ribbed blue rubber strap instead for a sportier twist to this versatile companion.

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The 40mm BR 05 Blue Gold is powered by the automatic calibre BR-CAL.321, visible from the 18k rose gold sapphire caseback which gracefully showcases the movement with a 360-degree golden oscillating weight.

The Bell & Ross BR 05 Blue Gold is priced at S$49,000 for the bracelet version, and S$33,000 for the rubber strap option.

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Shatricia Nair
Deputy Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.