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A pilot’s watch featuring a skull for its dial may seem like an unusual combination to some. But for others who have been following Bell & Ross’ Skull themed timepieces since 2009, the new Cyber Skull watch, limited to 500 pieces worldwide and available to order at C W Sellors now, will come as a pleasant and well-awaited treat for the wrist. To understand the inspiration behind Bell & Ross Skull watches which began over a decade ago, It’s worth firstly looking at the history of these instrument watches by Bell & Ross and the story behind the image.
Believe it or not, the Skull Bell & Ross watch pays homage to North American Second World War parachutists who landed in Normandy on D-day and whose logo was the skull motif. Furthermore, the design of the watch is connected in a deep way to the brand’s military roots. These troops of the 82nd and 101st American Airborne divisions wore the skull emblem to ward off and intimidate their opponents. Today the skull motif is still used on military uniforms and aeroplanes. In commemoration of these troops and the significance of the skull image as a deterrent to enemy lines, the first BR01 Skull watch made a statement when it first landed, not to mention grabbing collectors’ attention with its bold and striking look. Next came the Bell & Ross Airborne watch followed by the Bell & Ross BR01 Skull Bronze Tourbillon For Only watch and the BR01 Skull Bronze watch (limited to 500 pieces worldwide) Both timepieces features a skull on the dial.
Then came the BR01 Burning Skull tattoo-inspired case crafted from stainless steel and engraved with a tattoo pattern as well as motifs that included a rose, hourglass and scythe. Bell & Ross Skull watches feature sword and dagger-inspired hands and offer novelty features as seen in the BR01 Laughing Skull watch, which boasts a skull atop of a skeletonized movement which appears to float inside the case (since it attaches to the main plate via four bridges and has been crafted into a skull shape to sit inside the watch perfectly). What’s more, the watch offers an in-house developed movement and an eye-catching visual. The jaw of the dial moves up and down as if laughing when the crown is winded (and thus the barrel unwinds). As collectable as the BR01 instrument watch may be on an aesthetical level, its internal mechanism has been expertly engineered, promising a flawless and remarkably reliable performance. Now comes the Bell & Ross BR01 Cyber Skull limited edition watch…
It’s clear to see that the new Bell & Ross Cyber Skull continues forward with some similar design elements shared by its other siblings. The same manual-winding in-house movement, the BR-CAL.206, provides a 50-house power reserve and sits behind a partially skeletonized dial. A slice of the movement can be seen through an open-heart balance window at 12 o’clock. Part of the allure of this version of the Bell & Ross Skull watch is how the brand’s meticulous craftsmanship is cleverly concealed behind the skull, teasing with some subtle glimpses here and there, but never fully exposing its whole self.
The Bell & Ross Cyber Skull is a simple two-handed design with an hour and minute hand, this time not inspired by the sword and dagger but in baton shape to match the outline of the stick markers around the hour track. These hands have been treated with a coating of Super-LumiNova to assist with timekeeping in the night or whenever caught in low-light conditions. The case of this BR01 Cyber Skull watch stays true to the confident size of its predecessors with a broad 46.5mm diameter, crafted from matt black ceramic for a sleek and stealth-like look on the wrist.
Surprisingly, this modern-looking Skull watch has managed to appear even more dynamic than previous models. The black ceramic skull in the middle of the dial sits on top of an engine that has been built and designed around the dimensions of the skull motif itself. Protected underneath a lens crafted from anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass, the dial is shielded from scratching, denting, dust, moisture, light and heat. Bell & Ross equips the case of the Cyber Skull watch with 50-meter water resistance and finishes it with a black rubber strap that secures firmly with a robust black PVD-coated stainless steel buckle.
You can learn more about the Bell & Ross BR01 Cyber Skull watch here, or call our team to secure yourself one of the 500 limited edition pieces today.