Editor’s Note: Watches & Wonders (formerly SIHH) has moved online and Baselworld 2020 is canceled, but that hasn’t stopped watch brands large and small from debuting their new wares. Stay on top of this year’s best new watch releases here.
What do you get when you marry two iconic watch designs? Introduced in 2019, the Bell & Ross BR05 combines the brand’s own iconic square case design with the luxury sport watch concept best represented by Gerald Genta creations like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus. With a skeletonized movement visible through a translucent blue dial, the new Skeleton Blue version veers closer to lifestyle-focused sport watch territory and offers an ever more avant-garde look.
While remaining recognizably Bell & Ross, the BR05 has key features of the Genta genre of luxury sport watches, such as the 40mm case’s integration into the bracelet/strap (the bezel’s exposed screws were already a part of Bell & Ross DNA). Previous versions’ solid dials are here replaced with a blue-tinted crystal offering a view of the movement beneath. Thanks to the dial’s tint — which maintains strong contrast with the hands and indices — B&R is able to offer such a view without compromising legibility.
The Sellita SW300-1 automatic movement is skeletonized in a modern style and visible from both the front and back of the watch. Available for preorder now with delivery by the end of June 2020, the Bell & Ross BR05 Skeleton Blue is limited to 500 examples at $6,900 on the steel bracelet, or $6,400 on a proprietary rubber strap.