Bell and Ross BR 05 Chrono

The B&R sports watch with an integrated bracelet has a timing function.

As we all know, the history of Bell & Ross is mainly related to military watches made for pilots and special forces. The most representative models of the brand, BR 01 and BR 03, have become modern classics due to their striking signature design described as “circles in a square”. However, the brand needs to develop and provide fewer subdivision models by adding some more urban-looking works. Therefore, the brand launched BR 05 in 2019. The brand adopted a popular sports watch with an integrated bracelet, but still has clear B&R (B&R) design specifications. Today, the more masculine automatic chronograph Bell & Ross BR 05 Chrono has joined the series.

BR 05 series description
Bell & Ross was founded in 1992 by childhood friends and college students Bruno Belamich and Carlos Rosillo (Belamich’s “Bell” and Rosillo’s “Ross”), from the very beginning the design focused on military inspiration and pilot watches. Initially, the brand cooperated with German watch manufacturer Sinn for a decade of production, which fully demonstrated the robustness and practicality of these watches. Probably the most important date in the history of the brand is 2005, when the iconic BR 01 established a clear logo. Inspired by military aircraft instruments, it has a square shell that can be easily installed in the dashboard, and the four exposed screws can be installed on the dashboard. Place, the watch is a statement. The size is too large, the tools are complete and can be identified immediately.

The design is simple and effective. A square case, a round dial and exposed screws at each corner of the case. This became the logo of the brand and was later used in the more compact replica BR 03 watch. Such a powerful design, that whenever a brand has to expand and develop a new series, it cannot be ignored…

Why did B&R (B&R) surpass the scope of this successful military/pilot/aviation/officer watch to create the new BR05? Well, as far as these watches are concerned, we are still talking about niche products with eye-catching designs, which are difficult to use every day. The brand has almost stalled. In order to achieve this necessary development, modern products with a sense of modernity are needed to meet current needs… This is a luxury sports watch with an integrated bracelet.

Bell and Rose’s answer to this is the BR 05 series. You cannot blame the brands that produce watches that meet market needs, but you can blame the brands that lack authenticity. At this point, B&R managed to incorporate the code and DNA of luxury sports watches in a very cool and faithful way. Bell & Ross adheres to the concept of a watch with a special-shaped steel case and one-piece bracelet, adding a typical square bezel (with 4 polished screws) and a classic round dial, with brand signature marks and numbers. The case is well executed, and the classic brushed surface is polished with a polished bevel with a diameter of 40mm in a uniform proportion. In order to control the price, the inside of the movement is an upgraded and specially decorated Sellita.

So far, the Discount replica watch has undergone a three-handed iteration, starting with the classic closed steel dial (grey, black and blue dial) worn on a steel or rubber strap. In addition, the series also added some hollow watches, as well as two-tone and pure gold watches. Now is the time to add new complications to the series.

BR 05 timing
Therefore, this is the first natural evolution of Bell & Ross BR 05, which has been updated with a chronograph movement, which is a classic style of sports watches with integrated bracelets. Somehow, even if it was not announced a year ago, this new model is expected to surface sooner or later. The GMT version will of course also be a nice addition-just pass the information here.

Increasing the chronograph function usually means increasing the sportiness of the watch, and this BR 05 Chrono is no exception. The appearance of the watch is not only busier, bolder, and more masculine, and although the proportions have not changed, the proportions have changed.

The case of this Chrono version is still made of stainless steel (for now), it has left a certain amount of space for the movement and its more complex displays-the 40mm version of the dial is certainly not enough to accommodate additional accessories. -counter. Therefore, BR 05 is a more sturdy product, measuring 42 mm from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock, and a thickness of about 13.5 mm (about 3 mm higher than the three-handed model). Of course, other evolutions involve adding pushers on the sides of the housing, these pushers are rectangular and angled to follow the lines of the housing. The crown guard module has also been redesigned.

On the other hand, the overall design of the watch is similar to the previous iteration of time and date. The round square shape is still there, as are the aligned polished screws and the round holes on the dial. The surface treatment effect of the shell is very satisfactory. The beautiful and clean brushed surface and bright polished accent give you a luxurious feeling. The look and feel of the watch is both refined and robust.

On the wrist, there is undeniably a sense of existence, and the fact that the square case is larger than a round watch of similar size is further proof of this. Weight, especially the weight worn on a stainless steel bracelet, is also not negligible. However, the case is short and the bracelet is seamlessly integrated, which means that the BR 05 Chrono feels balanced and well-positioned on most wrists-even on my small 16.5 cm wrist. It is also worth mentioning that the bracelet tapers towards the buckle, and its slim silhouette adds to the comfort. Finally, even with the timing function, the watch can still be water resistant to 100 meters.

The dial is the most obvious evolution of this watch. Although the time and date models are minimalist, this BR 05 Chrono is busier and more interesting. The hands and index plates have been preserved, and the daylight-polished finish of the dial has also been preserved-available in black or blue. These elements are fully filled with Super-LumiNova, which provides excellent night readability-a specialty of Bell & Ross.

On the issue of chronographs, best Bell & Ross must consider integrating them in a way that respects the overall shape of the watch. In this way, the overall design of the sub-counter is the same as the situation, that is, a square with rounded corners. The counters-the small seconds and the 30-minute chronograph-are snail-shaped, with a contrasting gray track, and the hands also have a square center scale. Finally, the appointment time is 4:30.

To power the BR 05 Chrono, Bell & Ross relies on the tried and tested BR-CAL.301, which is based on the automatic modular chronograph ETA 2894-2. Like the three-pin model, it has a hollow rotor. Note: The movement has not been photographed here, as the watch is still a prototype.

Bell&Ross BR 05 Chrono has four versions, each with black or blue dials. Each dial adopts an integrated stainless steel bracelet with a triple folding clasp or a textured rubber strap with a folding clasp (matching the color of the dial) ).

Technical Specifications-BELL&ROSS BR 05 CHRONO
Case: width 42 mm x height 13.5 mm-stainless steel bracelet, brushed and polished-square bezel with rounded edges and polished screws-sapphire crystal glass front and back cover-crown guard and screw-in crown-resistant 100m waterproof

Dial: black or blue daylight brushed dial-hands coated with hour markers and hands filled with Super-LumiNova-square chronograph

Movement: BR-CAL.301 movement, ETA 2894-2 movement-automatic modular chronograph-28 mm-37 jewels-28,800 vibrations per hour-power reserve 42 hours-hours, minutes, small seconds , Date, timekeeping with 30-minute timer

Bracelet: One-piece brushed polished and polished bracelet with triple folding clasp with buttons-also available on black or blue textured rubber strap with folding clasp

Reference: BR05C-BL-ST-BR 05 chronograph black steel
BR05C-BU-ST-BR 05 Chronograph Blue Steel