In September 2019, Paris-based Bell&Ross launched its most ambitious watch in years: Bell&Ross BR05https://www.time2umall.com/category/replica-watches/. BR05 (BR05) is ambitious because for the first time Bell & Ross produced a model specifically designed to look and feel good, rather than need to draw inspiration from a specific sport or active world (such as flying, racing or diving). The development of BR 05 benefited from the demand of popular watch collectors for easy-to-wear steel watches on integrated steel bracelets. To some extent, it shares the same aesthetics with previous watches. In other words, the inspiration of Bell&Ross BR 05 comes from the past work of Bell&Ross itself. This amazing watch was one of my most satisfied watches in a while, and then Bell & Ross decided to launch the Chronograph version of the BR 05 Chrono.
Today, I review the Bell & Ross BR 05 Chrono reference BR05C-BU-ST/SRB made of metal, with a dark metal blue dial and a matching blue rubber strap. I will admit frankly that I do not want to review watches specifically designed to be worn on bracelets… or straps. I am really happy that I did it. It may be particularly satisfying to review the watches on the matching bracelets, such as BR 05 watches, but sometimes life is no better than a soft rubber strap.
About a year after the first three-handed BR 05 model came out, Bell & Ross launched the BR 05 Chrono. The BR 05 Chrono has the same 42 mm wide steel case, but it is slightly thicker due to the automatic chronograph movement. Compared with the three watches, the automatic watch is indeed a bit larger than the watch, but when it is comfortable to wear, it will be very comfortable and the proportions of the case are also very cute.
Speaking of the case, BR 05 itself is a beautiful thing. It adopts the appearance of Bell & Ross BR 01‘s square case, then softens it and gives BR 05 a higher polished angle and surface. & Ross proposed-it’s that simple. The Glashütte original 70s chronograph I reviewed here also feels like a cousin.
As a tool watch, even if the BR 05 is designed to appeal to a lifestyle, it still has excellent features. The case is durable and water-resistant to 100 meters. The dial has a screw-in crown and sapphire crystal glass. The side of the case has a beautiful crown and a protective cover for the chronograph button, and the overall readability of the dial is very good. I particularly like the design of the two small dials, their shape mimics the shape of the BR 05 case itself.
Bell and Ross chose some functional styles for the BR 05 Chrono dial because the movement provides a complete 12-hour chronograph, but the hour counter chronograph has been deleted. This means that the basic Swiss Made ETA 2894-2 automatic movement (Bell & Ross calls it caliber BR-CAL.301) is equipped with a 30-minute chronograph, as well as a time between 4 and 5 and a circular date window. On the dial.
At the back of the cheap replica watches, you can admire the decoration of the movement, which has been carefully decorated to be used in BR 05 Chrono watches and offers customized Bell & Ross spoke-style self-winding sprocket. Although the latter is indeed linked to the larger genes of the Bell & Ross brand, the latter’s design elements are still a bit random. The movement operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and has a power reserve of about two days.
Back to the dial, I really admire how Bell & Ross skillfully use levels and materials. The slightly recessed dial, the applicable hour markers and the slanted flange ring combine to create a pleasant and deep and handsome feel for the BR 05 dial. Although you can choose a more classic black dial version, this blue dial version of the BR 05 Chrono also makes the dial color change dynamically with the change of light, from late night to deep sea blue, which is more pleasing.
When putting the BR 05 box on the available rubber strap, an interesting surprise is that I like it very much-not only how it feels, but also how it looks. Visually, the lack of a bracelet actually enhances the visual attention to the case, while also emphasizing its squareness and unique appearance. When paired with a matching stainless steel bracelet, they will blend together.
Therefore, wearing BR 05 on a belt or bracelet can bring a completely different style experience. There is also the problem of simplicity and comfort. The tapered rubber strap is closed by a comfortable folding steel push-button deployment buckle. The combination of these elements provides the wearer with an extremely comfortable wearing experience, which has been proven by Hublot.
Now, Bell & Ross not only has available Gerald Genta style bracelets, but also has luxury sports watch rubber strap options. Good for Bell & Ross-because this kind of wearing experience is not really found elsewhere at these price points.
The choice between Bell & Ross BR 05 third hand and Chrono depends on taste and budget. Both are excellent choices and are different flavors of the same food. You must also determine whether you want a complete bracelet experience or the sports comfort and durability of the belt (the belt also has its own advanced style).