Back in 2019 we saw Bell & Ross release a steel skeletonized dial, which was followed up by a more luxurious gold version, and then a green option. Their popular “BR05 collection” seems to have found a successful trend in this skeletonized theme. The latest release is the “BR 05 Skeleton Golden” which once again relies on the use of an intermediate tinted sapphire crystal to color in the dial. The 40mm case comes in the iconic Bell & Ross circle in a square format, made of stainless-steel with a mix of vertically brushed surfaces and polished bevels. Mounted to the case is their iconic fixed rounded out square bezel with exposed screws. On the flip-side we have an exhibition case back, which allows a view to the inner workings of the mechanical movement and continues the exposed theme found on its dial. It comes equipped with a setting-crown surrounded by crown guards, which give the case an overall concise and compact look. The crown has also been engraved with the ampersand logo that Bell & Ross is renowned for. All topped by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. Water-resistance can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet). Time is exhibited on a skeleton dial that appears to be golden brown due to it being directly under an intermediate gold-tinted sapphire crystal. Meanwhile getting a reading on the current time is facilitated by an inner flange with floating gold applied hour index markers. Hovering over the upper half of the dial is the “Bell & Ross” logo engraved directly on the sapphire crystal in golden font. The central gold hour, minutes hands and hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility.
The “Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Green” (Ref#: BR05A-CH-SKST) is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BR-CAL.322 with 25 jewels and 28,800 Vph. It is based on the classic Sellita SW3000-1, but specifically modified for this Bell & Ross edition. Power reserve can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound. Mounted on the watch is an integrated stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a three-fold clasp. An optional brown striped rubber strap with a steel folding clasp is also available with a more accessible price-tag. This is a limited edition of only 500 manufactured timepieces. Pre-orders for March delivery are currently underway. For more up to date information visit the official Bell & Ross replica website here.