Bell & Ross is a fairly new brand that was established in 1992. Friends Bruno Belamich and Carlos Rosillo started a university project that ended up as a successful watchmaking business in France. It was built on the philosophy of function shaping form, and it has changed the world of horology with innovation and durable timepieces that are finding a large niche among watch enthusiasts. Bell & Ross recently announced the latest model in their BR 05 range of watches. The BR 05 GMT is its first dual time zone offered in the BR 05 model. It’s a wristwatch designed for the contemporary male with an adventurous personality. Watch Time explains that it’s a part of the Urban Explorer collection. The latest addition comes after the release of the BR 03-93 GMT released earlier in 2021, making this quite a year for Bell & Ross. It’s a versatile men’s watch that is suitable for casual attire, and it also complements the office wardrobe. It’s an interesting new piece that offers Bell & Ross fans something that is both stylish and highly functional to add to the collection. The timepiece merits a closer look to appreciate its full value in modern urban settings.
A Closer look at the Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT
At first glance, the feature that immediately stands out is the square shape of the case. It’s always nice to see variances in shape to pique the initial interest of casual shoppers. The brand is big on using shapes to distinguish their variant models, much like other high-end watchmakers like Rolex and Patek Philippe. The outer rotating bezel is the second feature that catches the eye, alongside the GMT mechanism. We saw this a few years ago in the BR V2-93, in a round case shape. We’re happy to have the variety of the option of a square iteration.
The case is a rounded square shape made of stainless steel with integrated lugs and signature mounting screws. The surfaces of the case are brushed with a lovely accent of polished edges. The case measures 41 mm in width with a depth of 11.1 mm for a comfortable fit on the wrist without being cumbersome. The crown is a screw-down style with crown guards and easy-grip ridging on the sides.
The dial features a black background with a brushed sunray finishing that catches the light in small doses for a faint play of the light. The outer ring is two-tone black and silver with a 24-hour scale. The numerals and indices on the dial are applied and coated with a dose of Super LumiNova to make them highly legible in all lighting conditions. The minute and hour hands received inserts of Super LumiNova. The second hand is polished for a lovely contrast. An arrow-shaped tip distinguishes the GMT hand along with a Super LumiNova insert for legibility and a red outline. The date window is framed and positioned at 3 o’clock.
The Bell& Ross BR 05 GMT is powered by a BR-Caliber 325 Sellita SW-330 base in an automatic winding style that beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, or a 4 Hz frequency, with 25 jewels. The power reserve is 42 hours. Functions include central hour, minutes, seconds, date, and GMT with the hand independently set by the crown, according to a Blog to Watch.
The BR 05 GMT affixes firmly and securely to the wrist with a rubber strap that features vertical grooves for an urban aesthetic. The color of the rubber strap is black. It fastens with a folding clasp-style closure. A steel bracelet is also available in a satin and polished finish with an integrated style. The steel bracelet features a triple folding clasp closure.
Other features of the BR 05 GMT
The case back is made of solid stainless steel. A sapphire crystal covers the dial of this watch. The watchmaker chose this material for its resistance to scratching and scuffing. The crystal comes with an anti-reflective coating on the inside and out. The added feature reduces glare from bright sunlight. The dial is highly legible under all types of light including bright sunlight to darkness. Water resistance for this timepiece is up to 100 meters. The rubber strap version is reference BR05-BL-ST/SRB. The steel bracelet is reference BR05G-BL-ST/SST.
Price and availability
The Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT with the rubber strap is available at $4,900. The stainless steel bracelet edition is $5,400. This model is currently available through the Bell & Ross official website or authorized Bell & Ross, vendors. No mention of a limited production run is present, so we assume that there will be a hearty supply until the word gets out about the quality and stylishness of this model.
Bell & Ross has done it again with me GMT that features dual time in the BR 05 lineup for the first time. It was time for something new to emerge and the design team hit the nail on the head with a masculine iteration of the GMT that offers a new complication that makes it an interesting addition to any watch collection. The latest GMT is stylish with an urban feel and versatility that makes it an excellent choice with most wardrobe styles and occasions. It’s a comfortable watch that can be worn all day t work on into the evening for dressier occasions without missing a beat. It offers a somewhat sophisticated personality with its black color scheme, but the splash of red color adds a bit to its overall personality, with a hint of fun and adventure thrown into the mix. We believe that the newcomer is going to be well-received as a new option to liven up an everyday wardrobe in a highly functional accessory that adds a touch of class to any outfit. The pricing is reasonable for a high-end timepiece, particularly when the reputation of the watchmaker is untarnished.