Bell&Ross reimagined its BR01 design with current metal.
In September, Bell & Ross launched the new BR05 series, which combines some basic design features of modern steel integrated bracelet sports watches with the existing visual language of the BR01 series. The BR01 series of watches were originally considered to be the watch version of aircraft instruments. Over the years, it has become a universal platform for all kinds of watches, including original designs of various sizes, diver’s watches, and even hollow automatic tourbillons with micro-rotors.
The BR05 series is clearly connected to the BR01 series. However, as we stated in the introductory report, since Audemars Piguet launched the first Royal Oak watch in 1972, it has a clear connection with the entire world of overall stainless steel sports watches. The case shape of the BR05 watch has been used by Bell & Ross for many years. , And fonts on models with Arabic numerals. And, of course, the circular baton mark is not only used by AP for steel sports watches, but also by Patek Philippe, Girard-Perregaux, etc. The feel of the watches I have seen from the initial press release pictures is that, although in many respects they are definitely derived directly from the modern steel sports watch design vocabulary, they still have a clear Bell & Ross logo. Moreover, they are likely to persuade them personally to be admired and respected by their own merits.
When we unboxed the watch and took pictures, my first impression of the watch was the surprisingly high quality. If the price point is cheaper than the price, then the price point tends to generate higher expectations. On the bracelet, a closed dial model with Arabic numerals. However, in terms of price, you are getting the construction and finishing of the case, which is more complicated and complicated than what is usually seen in steel-to-steel, time and date fake watches Price at this price point.
The appearance of the case is very attractive, with a clear transition between brushed and polished surfaces. Obviously, the details have been carefully considered, including the radial alignment of the bezel screws and the structure of the crown guard. I heard various opinions from other editors on the Bell & Ross logo. I think the company used the ampersand to add to the proceedings. (As you can imagine, Mr. Bell and Mr. Rose may initially be legal partners.) The execution of the crown, buckle and dial of the BR05 watch, especially the connection of these two elements and the entire watch, is generally applicable to Bell & Ross design.
Although the edges of the link itself are very sharp, the situation of the bracelet link and the link is the same. You noticed it without putting on the bracelet on your wrist, but you noticed when handling the watch to open and close it. Nevertheless, the overall impression of the bracelet is still very positive. In appearance, it is well integrated with the case, the circular link and the circular bezel echo each other well. The thickness of this watch is only 11 millimeters, which is thin enough to express the elegant side of sporty elegance, and the truly commendable attention to detail makes the price reasonable to a large extent.
When Bell & Ross first released the Review cheap watch, the fact that the movement was a Sellita movement caused a sensation. There are two perspectives to consider this issue. The first is the added value of internal movement. My personal opinion is that “inside” is not a particularly useful metric for watch interest. Broadly speaking, the reliability, accuracy, structure and surface quality of motion can be evaluated. And, despite the symbolic significance of A. Lange & Söhne’s internal movements, it is at least as important that they must be done so well, and are made from two viewpoints of craftsmanship and materials.
At lower prices, no matter whether the movement is internal or non-movement, you cannot get a traditional high-end handmade movement. Therefore, there is competition between in-house and outsourcing in terms of functionality, durability, longevity and accuracy. Rolex (Rolex) Oyster Perpetual watch, Seiko (Grand Seiko) machinery; then hybrid movement, such as Tissot Powermatic 80, which is a greatly improved version of ETA 2824. Here, the appearance of in-house movements is usually associated with watch companies that can produce watches and parts in beautiful places. Large scale. They are able to share development and manufacturing costs among tens of thousands of watches in years of production operations. For smaller independent companies like Bell & Ross, it is necessary to develop common goals,
I find that some aspects of the entire series are more problematic than basic steel products. Since the first launch of the series, Bell & Ross has added a pure gold version. BR05 gold seems to be optimistic when the current price of a 36mm Rolex Day-Date in the world is $31,550 (although in the 41mm gold case, Royal Oak is automatically wound). It’s not that BR05 gold is not attractive in appearance (although we did not evaluate it with metal in the office), but there is a Sellita movement, which may be difficult to sell at this price.
Like the gold shopping cheap watch, it is not a bad watch in itself. However, open dial timepieces in this price range are not timepieces at a higher price point. Skeleton movement watches can compete in many aspects, but usually involve higher prices-sometimes higher prices, such as the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master ultra-thin Squelette, which is a hand-decorated classic movement, the skeletonized version will serve you A good example. You can also compete on the originality of the movement architecture, which is Cartier’s timepieces, such as Santos Noctambule (which is also made with lume).
Standard industrial finishes are nothing to be ashamed of, but there is usually nothing to show off. Now, the BR05 skeleton movement does not make any statement, the skeleton is completed in a simple, craftsman-like way, suitable for the general atmosphere of a watch. However, this, like many dials sold at this price, mainly attracts those who are interested in mechanism as a mechanism rather than exquisite craftsmanship.
Leaving these warnings aside, and looking at it as a whole, I personally found these very attractive watches. The case and processing of the bracelet are indeed very good. If the quality of the BR05 steel watch cannot reach the quality of the Royal Oak, the price will not rise to this level. Overall, in my opinion, the BR05 series is not only a solid complement to the Bell & Ross series, but also an interesting and attractively priced alternative that can replace some of the expensive products in this rapidly expanding watch category.