Bell & Ross Argentium WW1 and PW1 Watch Review
Monday - 10 September 2012
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.
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.
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.