As indicated in its name, the timepiece is cased in steel and comes in a satin-polished finish. It’s fitted with an integrated bracelet that not only boasts the same materiality and finishing but also enhances the chic yet rugged appeal of the time-teller. Dressed in a luscious green hue, the sunray dial features a round shape, while its symmetrical subdials echo the squarish silhouette of its 42mm steel case. An additional rubber strap is also offered in a corresponding green hue.
Equipped with 100 meters of water resistance, the reference runs on the BR-CAL.326 automatic mechanical movement. The caliber is also visible through the watch’s sapphire caseback, showcasing a finely tuned skeletonized disc that is Bell & Ross’ signature. The last Bell & Ross I wrote about had a celestial feel to it, but with the new BR 05 Chrono Green Steel, we’ve landed back on earth. With its mixture of steel and vibrant green, this BR 05 mixes urbanism with an architectural lean to it. Think Central Park in New York or the Tiergarten in Berlin – a respite of greenery in the middle of a steel-and-concrete jungle. Like all BR 05 models, the Chrono Green Steel retains its aviation-inspired squared dial that Bell & Ross now markets to the urban explorer crowd. And with its integrated steel bracelet and sleek design, it’s easy to see why. All models in the Chrono collection are equipped with a circular seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and a 30-second timer at 3 o’clock, creating a balance to the visuals of the watch that somehow fit neatly within the linear confines of the square dial. The date is cleverly tucked away in the small recess between 4 and 5 o’clock, hardly noticeable but definitely there. Like an urban planner, Bell & Ross has ensured that no bit of real estate has gone unnoticed. The green sunray dial and Super-LumiNova indices and numbers soften the overall feel of the watch itself. Coming in at 42mm of satin-polished steel, the use of green feels more inviting and less, well, cold. The BR 05 Chrono Green Steel is equipped with a Swiss-made self-winding BR-CAL.326 movement, which can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back, and supplies the wearer with 60-hours of power reserve.