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Bell and Ross BR 05 Skeleton Limited Edition Watch Review

Some of the biggest and most surprising news for watch fans this year was the unveiling of the new Bell and Ross BR 05 watch collection. These ground-breaking timepieces have been described as ‘urban instruments’ for their resolutely modern look with perfectly flat surfaces, effortlessly integrated bracelets and distinctive dials. Within the collection was the remarkable Bell and Ross BR 05 Skeleton, the only limited edition in the collection and the only design to showcase a breathtakingly intricate skeletonised dial.


Having led the aviation watch market for so long, it was very exciting to see Bell and Ross step out of their comfort zone with a new kind of instrument, one that takes on city exploration. The Swiss watch manufacturer has rebelled against the confines of a traditional round watch since its founding, becoming renowned for their square shaped cases and dials that look immaculate on the wrist. The Bell and Ross BR 05 watches take this revolution one step further with a new unique styling of the square case presented with a perfectly rounded dial at the centre.


The Bell and Ross BR 05 Skeleton watch and its limited edition number of 500 pieces quickly became a must-have for fans on its release. It’s smooth satin-polished 40mm stainless steel case harks back to the 1970’s with a construction that effortlessly integrates with the tapering lugs and stainless steel bracelet or black rubber strap, and faithful to the brand’s values for use by pilots, the watch also comes equipped with scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass coated with antireflective treatment. It’s water resistance of 100 metres is also ensured by the screw down crown at 3 o clock complimented by a crown guard, an accent normally avoided by the brand but one that is very fitting to this design.  


As expected, the exquisite skeletonised dial of the Bell and Ross BR 05 Skeleton Limited Edition is the centrepiece to the whole design. It’s construction beautifully shows off the intricate workings of the BR-CAL.322 automatic winding movement which can also be observed through the exhibition case back. The Swiss made watch calibre is based on the Sellita SW300-1 and provides central hands for hour, minute and seconds, a power reserve of 38 hours and comes decorated in a total of 25 jewels. In typical Bell and Ross fashion, legibility is made a priority with large applique indices and hands coated in glow in the dark Superluminova.


The Bell and Ross BR 05 Skeleton Limited Edition watch is available to order today at a retail price of £4,900 on the black rubber strap and £5,300 on the stainless steel bracelet. You can also shop the entire Bell and Ross BR 05 watch collection on the Jura Watches website where you can purchase all the models with up to 60 month interest free finance. Get in touch to order yours today!


Specifications: Bell and Ross BR 05 Skeleton Limited Edition (BR05A-GR-SK-ST/SST, BR05A-GR-SK-ST/SRB)

  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Fixed
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
  • Crown: Screw-in with crown guard
  • Water Resistance: 100 metres
  • Movement: Automatic winding BR-CAL.322
  • Functions: Hour, minute, seconds
  • Power Reserve: 38 hours
  • Jewels: 25
  • Frequency: 28,800vph
  • Dial: Skeleton with hands and applique indices with Superluminal
  • Strap: Integrated metal bracelet or black rubber strap
  • Buckle: Folding
  • RRP: £4,900 (Rubber), £5,300 (Metal)
  • Limited Edition: 500 pieces
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