Bell & Ross BR 01 Skull Bronze Tourbillon For Only Watch 2015

Bell & Ross BR 01 Skull Bronze Tourbillon Only Watch 2015 unique piece - Perpetuelle

In advance of Only Watch 2015 (drawing closer…Nov 7 2015) there are several more interesting unique pieces that I want to highlight for the majority of you who will not be able to see the pieces at the actual event or when they go on World Tour here in about a month.  Today we will take a look at a piece which falls opposite the “refined” or “cultured” end of the spectrum but which is an interesting piece nonetheless:  the Bell & Ross BR01 Skull Bronze Tourbillon.  Featuring a 46mm square, patinated bronze case with a pink gold, hand-engraved skull and a tourbillon (also with gold cage) that sit within a skull & crossbones “bezel”, this watch is certainly a conversation piece that one might consider most suitable for the uncouth.

Engraved Skull for the Bell & Ross BR 01 Skull Bronze Tourbillon Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle Gold Tourbillon for the Bell & Ross BR 01 Skull Bronze Tourbillon Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle

I am pretty sure that this is the first time a BR01 has been cased in bronze.  The time is indicated regulator-style, with a large, sword-shaped minute hand set in the center of the dial and a smaller, sword-shaped hour hand mounted on the nose of the solid gold skull.  Symmetrically placed hands at three and nine o’clock indicate power reserve (the piece has a manual caliber with 5-day power reserve) and accuracy of operation (as determined by the mainspring’s torque), a rather uncommon function.

Watch Box for the Bell & Ross BR 01 Skull Bronze Tourbillon Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle

Skull-themed pieces are not as popular as they perhaps once were, but the thinking seems to be that they can still attract a niche customer desirous of showing off their inner pirate.  Though I myself am not a fan of skull watches, but I do think Bell & Ross did a nice job with this one.  More than anything, this unique Skull Bronze Tourbillon is a dramatic showpiece, looking for a high bid to support the Only Watch charity auction!

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A One-of-a-Kind Tudor Black Bay Heritage (Ref 7923/001)

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 new vs old - Perpetuelle

Participating in Only Watch (during which 44 watches, each a unique piece, will auction for charity) for the first time, Tudor has created this unique Heritage Black Bay One.  The piece reinterprets Tudor’s vintage Submariner reference 7923, one of the brand’s least known references from the 1950s. The only diver’s watch Tudor ever made with a hand-wound movement, it borrows design features from the original including a glossy black dial with gilt printing, gold baton hands, two lines of text including the depth rating, and patinated luminous hour markers.  The depth rating printed in red, as well as the red triangle underlying the luminous dot on the bezel at 12 o’clock, are unique to this model.  The watch has a 41mm stainless steel case, housing a self-winding Tudor caliber 2824 movement.   The Heritage Black Bay One will include an aged brown leather strap and a grey, jacquard-weave fabric NATO-style strap.

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 dial detail - Perpetuelle

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 caseband and lugs - Perpetuelle

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 - Perpetuelle

Only Watch 2015 takes place November 7, 2015, with the watches to be sold going on a six city “world tour” starting on September 23rd.

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Did You Know?

The Tudor Submariner Ref 7923 is the only Tudor diver’s watch ever made with a hand-wound movement.

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 in DLC Titanium with Semi-Transparent Blue Dial for Only Watch 2015

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL DLC Titanium Case and Transparent Blue Dial for Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle

For Only Watch 2015, Girard Perregaux has created a one-of-a-kind Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date and Moon Phases.  The piece is presented in a titanium DLC case with a transparent blue polycrystalline dial.  It is fitted on a black croc strap with blue stitching.  This won’t be one of the priciest sellers, but it is definitely one of the more original and aesthetically interesting pieces.

At 12 o’clock, the large jumping date displays the date on a transparent pair of discs – an exclusive patented system of the brand.  A moon phase indicator provides a smart balance at the dial’s 6 o’clock position. 

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Transparent Blue Dial detail 2 - Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle

There is a sapphire caseback that is overlaid with the ONLY WATCH logo.  Inside is the automatic mechanical GP Cal 03300-0105, with 46-hour power reserve. 

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Caseback - Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle

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Vacheron Constantin Hand Engraved and Openworked Unique Piece for Only Watch 2015

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Here is Vacheron Constantin’s unique creation for Only Watch 2015:  the Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées timepiece, featuring a painstakingly hand engraved and skeleton caliber 4400 set in a 40mm white gold case, and a red outer enamel ring.  The red is an extremely difficult color to obtain in enamel, and in this case is also symbolic of the the Principality of Monaco where the  Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy research center (the recipient of the Only Watch auction proceeds) is based.  As noted earlier this week, the the Only Watch charity auction is held every 2 years, and for 2015 there are about 40 watch brands that will be offering unique pieces at the Geneva auction & event this November.  Vacheron has put forth an admirable piece for the event.  A closer look, below.

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