Bell & Ross Makes A Case For The Blues
A watch defined by dualities, the BR 05 GMT Sky Blue straddles the line between sporty and dressy.
The horological world has been singing the blues for quite some time now, with dials and straps alike bathed in the hue. However, the new Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT eschews the conventional deep blue tones typically used in favour of a nature-inspired sky blue, referencing the Swiss-French manufacture’s aeronautic influences while catering to millennial tastes.
First launched in 2019, the BR 05 line defined by its balance of sporty and chic—marking Bell & Ross’ foray into the integrated steel sports watch category, the elevated timepiece sees the angular ‘round within a square’ steel case adorned with satin-brushed finishes. Equally at home under a dress shirt cuff as it on the field, the BR 05 effectively translates the manufacture’s signature design codes into the watch world’s most popular segment.
Like those before it, the BR 05 GMT Sky Blue is a watch of dualities. Designed for city slickers and globetrotters alike, a 41mm steel case plays host to a clean dial layout that offers optimal legibility. The second time zone is clearly delineated by a tonal blue fourth hand with an oversized white arrow-shaped tip. A two-tone—silver (day) and sky blue (night)—graduated flange with 24-hour markers displays the second time zone, complementing the sun-brushed sky blue dial.
The hands, rhodium plated hour indexes, and Bell & Ross’ signature oversized Arabic numerals receive a luminescent coating, ensuring optimal readability in all lighting conditions. A date window at 3 o’clock guarantees even the most frequent world travellers will always have their bearings.
Under the dial, the newcomer is powered by the BR-CAL. 325, a high-accuracy automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve. Visible through the sapphire glass caseback, it features decorative finishes on the bridges and oscillating weight.
Leaning into the theme of duality, the BR 05 GMT Sky Blue is presented on a satin-finished stainless steel bracelet and comes complete with a ribbed blue rubber strap that complements the tone of the dial.
$7400 (rubber strap) or $8200 (bracelet); bellandross.com
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