If your watch is military-grade, chances are you're onto a good thing. And a strong one. Which, coincidentally, is exactly how Bell & Ross etched its name into the Swiss watch canon. First launched in 1992, it took but four years for the French outfit to create the Bell & Ross Disposal Type for the French Security Services, which had a very important job title. 24 years later, its making just-as-hard-working watches for non-Hurt Locker types too with the new BR 05.
And every other job too, to be honest. For the Black Steel & Gold iteration (ref. BR05A-BL-STPG/SSG) is the ultimate all-rounder. You've a relatively uncluttered dial that's appropriate for the top table.
You've a two-tone steel and rose gold bracelet that'll flit between your other jewellery with ease. Though most importantly, you've a watch that sits smack dab in the middle of a classic Venn diagram that skirts modern, classic, respectable but not the most obvious choice (a very Bell & Ross touch; very, very nice).
An in-house mechanical automatic movement – BR-CAL.321 – is another hallmark of quality, as the inner workings of even the mightiest brands have often been outsourced to dedicated makers. What's more, it powers the entire watch using only kinetic movement, and provides enough juice to keep a date aperture going at 3 o'clock.
The BR 05, released alongside a skeletonised alternative in blue, clocks in at £8,800. Which may require a little saving, sure, but it'll also earn its keep by working at every single event you throw its way. Like weddings. And business meetings. And weekends. Probably bomb disposal as well, if you're into that sort of thing.
Available to pre-order now at bellross.com, priced £8,800
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