In 2009, Bell & Ross made an impression with its BR01 Skull. This was followed in 2015 with the BR01 Skull Bronze. This year we see that the Bell & Ross skull has taken yet another twist with the BR01 “Burning Skull.” The entire case surrounding the dial is fully engraved and decorated in the style of a tattoo, the array of details covering every surface and recess. To create this effect, each line engraved into the steel is filled manually, using a stylus, with a black ink/varnish, just like a tattoo artist decorating the skin. During the process, the piece is fired several times in an oven to fix the lacquer.
The realism of the stamped metal skull in the center of the dial is reinforced by the design of the dial on two levels, which brings a depth to the visual effect. The black SuperLuminova covering the dial face further accentuates the skull, intensifying its defiant stare.
Bell & Ross BR 01 “Burning Skull”
Limited edition 500 pieces
46mm steel case (engraved, microblasted steel, hand-filled with black lacquer), automatic mechanical caliber
I’m not much a fan of “skull” themed watches, but this is one piece is I do admire.