Bell & Ross began in 1992 as a university initiative between two longtime friends, Bruno Belamich (Bell) and Carlos A. Rosillo (Ross), who shared a vision of creating useful and long-lasting watches. They transformed the world of horology as we know it today with their basic principle of ‘function shapes form.’ In terms of inspiration, the ampersand-logoed French brand has taken from the history of aviation, as well as the military standards and scientific breakthroughs that go along with it; as a consequence, each product that rolls off the production line has the highest visual and performance characteristics. With this mindset in mind, early models like the Space 1 (the first automatic clock to be worn in space) and the Bomb Disposal Type (a piece of wrist armour that made the perilous task of defusing bombs considerably simpler) drew the attention of aficionados. We here introduce the 3 bell ross watches that a man must have.
BR05 GMT Watch
The BR05 collection has become a Bell & Ross classic. It skillfully draws on the strong design aesthetics of a rounded square and transforms it into a recognized accessory, filling out the entry level to the luxury sports category. Bell & Ross travels with their BR05 GMT model, offering a dual timezone watch to their sports range. At 40mm square, the case diameter stays the same as the base Automatic model. The appealing angular shape with rounded corners remains. The band complements the watch head and maintains the contrasting finishing scheme. The firm devoted special attention to the arc of the curve, allowing all of the components to be properly matched and assuring the bracelet can adapt to any wrist. It feels good to run one’s fingertips from the case to the bracelet. The BR05 GMT’s dial is a deep, rich black. The numerals are huge and traditional BR05 style. These are SuperLuminova-filled appliqués. The hour markers at 12, 9, and 6 are huge Arabic numerals, while the remaining hours are denoted by bars with rounded ends. A framed date display is presented in place of the hour marker at 3 o’clock. The hour and minute hands are both huge and chunky, with lume infilling. The seconds hand is a slender needle with a lozenge counter balance that is located centrally and coaxially with the other hands. The GMT, or second timezone, hand is equally thin, with a big triangle at the end to act as a marker. This has a red tip with lume infilling and points to the 24-hour indication at the dial’s edge, where the sloping rehaut is marked for 24 hours in day and night.
Bell and Ross 123 Original Carbon
The BR 123 is a watch with simple clarity. The watch case, is about 41mm in diameter, is against glare and wrapped up with matte dark carbon. The hands and hour and moment records are planned in white which stands out obviously from the dark foundation of the dial to guarantee the decipherability of the watch. The unmistakable dial, seen through a super bended sapphire precious stone glass that gives the watch a classic look, exhibits basic watch elements of hours, minutes, seconds and date show. The seconds dial and date gap are unmistakably shown over six o’clock while at the counter position under twelve o’clock.
Bell and Ross 126 Original Carbon
The BR126 is basically the same as the BR123. What separates them is the BR126’s chronograph capability. At nine o’clock on the dark dial, a 30-minute showcase is shown, while at three o’clock on the other side, a 60-second subdial is shown. This is clear and precise. A dark brown calf leather strap is attached to the Bell & Ross Original Carbon BR 126 watch. To some, this hue appears out of place with the casing, but to others, it is ideal. It does have a grand old-school style that works well in a variety of settings. At the same time, I’d like to explore with alternative strap possibilities.
To finish up, Bell and Ross’ new model may not win everybody’s approval, except it will definitely have a specific number of fans.