In a bold move, aviation watch giant Bell & Ross is shifting attention from the skies to the seas with an all-new marine-instrument collection. Taking inspiration from its beloved BR 01 watch, the new timepieces — three in total — offer a contemporary reinterpretation of the first marine instruments of the 17th century.
The three models include the BR 01 Instrument de Marine, the BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph and the BR X1 Tourbillon Chronograph. Each of the watches — made in limited editions only — features an Indian rosewood bezel and case cover on the front. The reddish colored, textured wood is designed to emulate the cases that housed ship chronometers centuries ago.
The BR01 Marine and the BX1 Skeleton Chronograph are also adorned with bronze — for a vintage patina that is a coveted look. When this material comes into contact with air, it changes its patina over the years so that each and every case will be unique with time. The BX1 Tourbillon Chronograph is crafted in 18-karat rose gold.
While it is a departure for the brand, we will most likely see more explorations into new frontiers by Bell & Ross in the coming year, as well. These pieces are well worth a close-up look. You may find yourself moving from skies to seas, as well.