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Winner of The Men’s Folio Blue Ribbon Watch Awards: The Bell & Ross BR05 Black Steel

Winner of The Men’s Folio Blue Ribbon Watch Awards: The Bell & Ross BR05 Black Steel

Winner of the Men’s Folio Blue Ribbon Watch Awards: the Bell & Ross BR05 Black Steel
As Bell & Ross sought to develop a new line of watches, it forgoes codes of aviation and military specifications that have long been the cornerstones of Bell & Ross professional timekeeping instruments. Instead, the French brand turned their heads to urbanscapes and concrete jungles for inspiration as they presented the new BR05 collection last fall.

Though the BR05 speaks forth a radically different approach, the geometrical influence of the square and circle remain key to Bell & Ross as seen in almost every existing family and now, the BR05 Black Steel.

The BR05 Black Steel shown here is the clearest expression of the new collection — a modern stainless steel sports watch with an integrated bracelet. It boasts a resolutely urban look and feel inspired by modern architectures — a strong angular square shaped case and bezel softened with curves and bevelled edges that transits fluidly down to the integrated bracelet and beyond.

Functionality, legibility, reliability and precision — key features that Bell & Ross are committed to, are upheld to the same standards of the BR05 professional counterparts.

A 40mm stainless steel case with crown guards and 100m water resistance provides functionality as it holds itself against the elements while stomping through the city. Legibility is maintained through the BR05 Black Steel with luminous-filled outsized Arabic numerals and proportionately-sized baton watch hands while the brand’s automatic calibre BR-CAL.321 within offers both chrometric reliability and precision.

This story first appeared here in our October 2020 issue!