In September 2022, Paris-based Bell & Ross debuted its most ambitious watch in years: the Bell & Ross BR 05. The BR 05 (BR05) was ambitious because, for the first time, Bells & Ross was producing a watch simply designed to look and feel good, as opposed to needing inspiration from a particular world of sport or activity (such as flying, racing, or diving). The BR 05’s development was fueled by popular watch financial institution demand for easy-to-wear steel watches that came on integrated steel bracelets, and in some ways, it shared an aesthetic with timepieces that came before it. That said, the Bell & Ross BR 05 is most inspired by the past work of Bell and Ross itself. The amazing watch is among the most satisfying I’ve worn in a while — and then Bells & Ross decided to created the Chronograph version in the BR 05 Chrono.
Today, I review the Bell & Ross BR 05 Chrono reference BR05C-BU-ST/SRB within steel with a deep metallic blue dial and matching blued rubber strap. I will readily admit I was reluctant to review a watch so specifically designed to fit on a bracelet… on the strap. I’m actually really glad I did. While it can be particularly satisfying to review a wrist watch such as the BR 05 on the companion bracelet that is designed to go with it, there are times when life doesn’t get any benefit than a supple rubber strap.
Bell and also Ross debuted the BR 05 Chrono about a year after the original three-hand BR 05 models came out. The actual BR 05 Chrono has the same 42mm-wide steel case, but it is a little bit thicker on account of the actual automatic chronograph movement. The particular automatic is, indeed, a bit larger of a watch as compared to the three hand-model, but when worn snug it is very comfortable, and the case proportions are lovely.
Speaking of the case, the BR 05 by itself is a thing of beauty that takes the square case look of the Bells & Ross BR 01, then softens it and gives it fancier polished angles and surfaces for the BR 05. It’s the Gerald Genta watch Bell as well as Ross made — that simple. It also feels like a cousin to the Glashutte Original 1970's Chronograph that I reviewed in this article.
As a tool watch, the particular BR 05 is still pretty competent, even if it is designed for lifestyle appeal. The case is actually beefy and water-resistant to 100 feets, with a screw-down crown and a sapphire crystal over the switch. The side of the situation has an attractive crown as well as chronograph pusher guard, and also the dial possibility of easy-reading is very good, overall. I particularly like the design of the two subdials, as their shapes simulate that of typically the BR 05 case alone. van cleef arpels watch replica
Bell along with Ross selected a bit of style of functionality for the dial of the BR 05 Chrono, on account of the fact that often the hour-counter wathe register has been removed, even though the movement offers a full 12-hour chronograph. This means the base Swiss Made ETA 2894-2 automatic movement (which Bell & Ross calls the calibre BR-CAL. 301) will be outfitted to have a 30-minute timepiece, along with the time and a round date window located between 4 and also 5 o’clock on the call.
Through the rear of the view you can admire the motion, which has been perlage-decorated for use within the BR 05 Chrono wrist watches and given a custom Bell plus Ross wheel spoke-style automatic rotor. This latter design element are random, even though it does tie into the larger DNA from the Bell + Ross brand. The movements operates at 4Hz with about two days of power reserve.
Returning to the watch dial, I really admire how Bell in addition to Ross suitably played with levels and materials. The combination of slightly convex subdials, applied hour indicators, and the sloped flange ring gives the BR 05’s face a welcome and handsome sense associated with depth. While you can opt for a more classic black-dial version, this blue-dial version in the BR 05 Chrono further delights with the dynamic way the watch dial color plays with the light and goes from deep midnight in order to glossy ocean blue.
One of the interesting surprises when wearing the BR 05 situation on the available (and lower-priced) rubber band is how much I like it - not only how it feels but exactly how it looks. Visually, the lack of a band actually enhanced visual attention to the case, while also putting an emphasis on its squareness and unique looks. It all sort of integrates together when on the complementing steel necklace. Thus, putting on a BR 05 over a strap or a bracelet makes for an entirely different style experience. There is also the challenge of simple comfort. Typically the tapering rubberized strap is usually closed having a comfortable fold-over steel push-button deployant clasp. This combination regarding elements creates extremely comfortable wearing experiences, as proven to the watch industry by Hublot. Now Bells & Ross has built a product that not only has an available Gerald Genta-style pendant but also an extravagance sports enjoy rubber straps option. Good for Bell & Ross - because this using experience is not really found elsewhere at these price points.