In 2019, watchmaker Bell & Ross established a new flagship collection with the launch of the BR 05. Forming part of the Bell & Ross identity, the lines of the case combined round and square to present a watch that was streamlined with a cosmopolitan look. Whereas 2020 marked the addition of the chronograph version to the BR 05 collection, Bell & Ross has just released the new BR 05 GMT, a combination of stainless and robust materials, with the finest Swiss watchmaking mechanics. The BR 05 GMT is, as the name suggests, equipped with an automatic caliber with GMT function, wound by a 360-degree oscillating weight. The dial, radiating with a subtle sunray finish, offers optimum legibility. The black palette, a signature of Bell & Ross, is juxtaposed with the large numerals, indices, and hands coated in white Super-LumiNova. It echoes the colors used for on-board flight instruments — cockpits are dominated by black, which prevents reflections, and white, which guarantees optimal reading.
Echoing the principles of airport signaling, the skeletonized hour and minute hands are made of metal appliques. The GMT hand blends in perfectly with the BR 05 aesthetic and stands out with its red arrow. The touch of red ensures perfect legibility both day and night. More than a simple GMT hand, this arrow is mostly a symbol of orientation in time and space. The white hands on the main dial indicate the time at the wearer’s current location, while the red arrow-hand on the 24-hour graduated inner bezel shows the time in his country of origin. To feature the 24-hour scale, Bell & Ross worked on increasing the diameter of the dial and therefore the 41mm dimensions of the case, making it a perfect tool for travelers.
For another watch in the Bell & Ross BR 05 Collection, check out the BR 05 Skeleton Nightlum Watch.