Another important last year’s newcomer gets a chronograph version.
One of the most notable latest additions to the steel-sporty watch family, the BR 05 collection was introduced almost at the same time as some of its main competition. And now ironically is getting a pretty much simultaneous chrono upgrade. Now, who says there’re no such thing as product lifespan patterns in modern watchmaking? But with the steel luxury demand still raging on, there can’t be enough new watches, especially those with integrated bracelets.
The medium sized BR 05 Chrono cases measures 42-mm and can suit the vast majority of wrists. Satin-polished surfaces of both the case and the bracelet mixed with polished ones create a pleasing interplay of textures. As always with Bell & Ross, the geometry of all main elements cleverly combines both round and square shapes, resulting in stylish and minimalistic modern image. With that said however, the new square-like 30-minute counter at 9 o'clock and small seconds at 3 are obviously inspired by the golden age of chronographs of 1960-70s. The sporty-looking case is complemented by a screw-down crown and comes with a decent water resistance rating of 100 metres.
The dial is either ‘navy blue’ or ‘jet black’ as the brand calls it, with both variants featuring a sunray finish. Thanks to the inlaid hour-markers with enough lume, the legibility is superb regardless of the light conditions. The automatic movement inside is a no-fuss ETA-based working horse with 42 hours of power reserve. Besides the three central hands and two sub-dial counters it drives a tiny and color-matched date indication at 4:30.
Of course, the integrated bracelet is one of the essential selling points of both watches, but for those somehow hating bracelets as a thing, the guys at Bell & Ross offer a rubber strap variant in matching color. The prices for BR05 Chrono Black Steel and Blue Steel vary from $5900 for the rubber strap variants to $6400 for the bracelet options.
Oct. 29, 2020