Bell & Ross Argentium WW1 and PW1 Watch Review


Bell & Ross has revealed new versions of its WW1 and PW1 watches made with Argentium, an alloy resistant to oxidation.

The original steel WW1 (Wrist Watch 1) and PW1 (Pocket Watch 1) were released in 2011, inspired by watches worn during the First World War. Bell & Ross is now "reviving a forgotten metal" with its Argentium models.
Argentium is known for its bright white colour, durability and resistance against tarnishes. "Inimitable colour, magnificent lustre and unique depth: the PW1 and WW1 Argentium are suffused with all the nobility of silver," the brand says.

The Vintage WW1 Argentium has a 41 mm case, with an AR-coated sapphire crystal. The domed dial has a sunburst design and is available in silver or ruthenium finish. It features appliqué metal numbers and indeces, and comes with a grey alligator strap with Argentium pin buckle. The watch is equipped with Swiss manual-wind ETA calibre Peseux 7001 movement, and offers water resistance to 30 metres.
The Bell & Ross WW1 Argentium Silver and WW1 Argentium Ruthenium are available to pre-order now at Jura Watches.

Bell & Ross has also released the PW1 Repetition Minutes in Argentium. The minute repeater complication indicates the hours and minutes musically: a low-pitched sound for each hour, and a series of double low-pitched and high-pitched sounds for every five minutes elapsed. A button on the left-hand side of the case activates the complication.

The pocket watch has a 49 mm Argentium case and AR-coated sapphire crystal. The dial is in ruthenium with a sunburst and domed finish, and appliqué metal indeces and numerals. Movement is a manual-wind Dubois Dépraz calibre with 56 hours of power reserve, and the watch is presented on a sterling silver chain.