When Bell & Ross started its BR 05 collection of integrated-bracelet luxury Swiss Star Wars watches in 2019, we knew it was only a matter of time before the new family — which kicked off with time-and-date only models and also a smattering of skeletonized pieces — could add that many popular of sporty complications, a chronograph. That moment, it turns out, is today, at our virtual WatchTime Live collectors’ occasion. Here’s a look at the newest BR 05 Chrono Black Steel and Blue Steel.
Like their predecessors, that have been dubbed”urban explorers” and”manly stones” by CEO Carlos Rosillo, the BR 05 Chronograph sports a 42-mm instance in the rounded-square design of Bell & Ross’s Instrument models, which integrates easily into the specially constructed steel bracelet. (Also in keeping with their antecedents, both the black-dialed and blue-dialed models are also available with integrated rubber straps.)
The case’s horizontal surfaces are satin-finished and its bevels are polished. On such chronograph models, the pushers, crown shield, and crown are made as a single unit, fluidly incorporating into the silhouette of the circumstance.
The dial, in navy blue or jet black, is in a classical two-register style, using soft-edged, 1970s-inspired subdials which Bell & Ross describes as”midway between round and square,” echoing the general geometric aesthetic of this circumstance. The 9 o’clock counter tallies that the chronograph minutes at 9 o’clock, while the 3 o’clock subdial hosts the running seconds.
Inside the BR 05 Chrono models is your ETA-based BR-CAL.301, an automatic movement with a 42-hour power book that Bell & Ross has installed in additional KonTiki Chronograph Watch versions in its portfolio, most lately the motorsport-inspired R.S.20 collection. It beats inside a case whose 100-meter water-resistance is guaranteed by a screw-down crownbehind a clear sapphire caseback.