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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Bell & Ross BR 126 Sport Heritage Flyback Chrono

Bell Ross BR126 Sport Heritage GMT Flyback

Here’s a new limited edition B&R that caught my eye.   Part of the brand’s heritage series, the watch has a very balanced dial layout with nice color tones and a well paired leather strap.  Most Bell & Ross fans know that the brand has always been passionate about making watches with strong ties to military history and particularly aviation.  However in a slight twist this new Vintage Sport Heritage line pays tribute to the watches worn by civil aviation pilots in the 1960s.   The dial features gold-plated metal applied numerals and indices, with a brushed steel case and a very nicely matched leather strap embossed withe the B&R logo.  Good looking watch.
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Bell & Ross BR03-51 GMT Limited Edition watch

Bell Ross BR03-51 GMT Blue for The Watch Gallery details

Here’s a piece for your Bell & Ross fans — a 50-piece limited edition BR03 GMT, made exclusively for UK-based The Watch Gallery.  Each piece has black PVD case with a numbered case back.  There is a two-handed GMT dial at 6 o’clock; the double-date window up top and large luminous hands with blue accents (The Watch Gallery’s signature color) complete the dial.  Below is a nice, brief hands-on video review of the watch produced by The Watch Gallery team.
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Bell & Ross BR126 Blackbird

 Bell & Ross BR126 Blackbird

Inspired by Lockheed’s SR-71 Blackbird, the Bell & Ross BR126 Blackbird is a wonderful extension of the Bell & Ross aviation ethos.  This watch is limited to just 500 pieces and is done in a black PVD-finished case (43mm) paired with a vivid orange canvas or textured black rubber strap (both with matching black PVD buckle).  The movement is an automatic mechanical Swiss ETA 2892 (as commonly used by B&R) with Dubois Depraz flyback chronograph module (12, 30 and 60 min sub-counters), AM/PM indication, and a tachy scale.   I saw this great watch hands-on at Baselworld and can still recall in my mind how vivid the orange canvas strap is.  It is a cool watch from any angle.  Price will be just under $7,000.  Enjoy the many pics below!
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