Last week I was invited to Quay in Sydney to view the Bell & Ross Baselworld 2017 collection. Having previously been unfamiliar with the Bell & Ross range I was extremely impressed by the brand’s direction, vintage collection and innovative marquee pieces.
Regional Sales Manager from Bell & Ross, Mr Jean-Christophe Chevrier and Lion Brands Brand Manager Josh Goodman were on hand to walk us through the latest highlights which include the BR03-92 Diver, the world’s first square diver, and the incredible BR-X2 Tourbillion Micro Rotor, sandwiched between two pieces of solid sapphire crystal.
For the BR03-92 Diver Bell & Ross has made some notable developments including adding a unidirectional bezel, anti-magnetic protection and an additional 200m to the standard BR03 case which is rated to 100m. To achieve this they’ve increased the thickness of both the case back and the sapphire crystal front by more than a millimetre each.
The BR-X2 Tourbillion Micro Rotor picture on my wrist above was, of course, a standout. I had no idea Bell & Ross were making watches of this calibre. Limited to only 257 pieces worldwide the BR-X2 features a 36mm wide square movement just 4.05mm in height, lightly brushed to enhance the contemporary design of the watch and not to draw take the attention off the Ampersand flicking away in the tourbillon cage below.
While the square is an integral part of the brand’s identity, it’s not a shape I’ve worn in the past, so a great deal of my interest fell on the Vintage collection. What Bell & Ross have created is a clean, wearable, well built and most importantly, affordable range of handsome watches. I was particularly pleased with the quality of the bracelets, and this BR-V2 Blue in a 41mm case which I didn’t want to take off.
To view the entire Baselworld 2017 Collection head to the Bell & Ross website.