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Despite the fact that Bell & Ross was founded in 1992, this Franco-Swiss brand was widely recognized only in 2005. Then the BR 01 watch was born, which defined the brand's style for 15 years ahead. In order not to be limited to one military style, in 2019 Bell & Ross released the BR 05 collection, which was positioned as models in the style of sports chic or urban style.
The classic Bell & Ross design, succinctly defined by the "circle in a square" formula, received a fresh interpretation due to the integrated bracelet and the style of sports watches of the 1970s reinterpreted in a modern way. In 3 years, the new line has managed to make a name for itself, and the company decided that it was time to take it to a new level. The new level refers to the updated design of the case and a more powerful mechanism inside.
As part of the Bell & Ross BR-X5 series, only 3 models have been presented so far. At first glance, they are all created according to the same formula as the previous models of the BR 05 collection, i.e. they have a square case rounded on the sides with 4 screws in the corners and a classic round dial. If you look at the watch closer, you can see the difference in the approach to the design of the case.
The case of the watch is slightly larger than that of the standard BR 05 models: 41 x 12.8 mm. But that's not the main thing. Structurally, it is distinguished by the presence of an internal container housing that protects the mechanism. The sapphire crystal bezel on the dial side and the open back cover on the mechanism side are attached to two steel plates forming the upper and lower parts of the case. The whole structure, which opens up space for experimenting with materials, is fastened with 4 screws. Water resistance of 100 meters.
Remark: The inner case is made of the same metal block as the crown protection. It turns out such an internal block, "squeezed" between the outer parts of the case. The features of the multi-layered design are clearly visible if you look at the clock from the side. Visually, they were emphasized by contrast in the finish, using a combination of polished and matte surfaces.
A bolder case design complements the updated dial. There are no usual Arabic numerals on it. The arrows and markers are larger than those of the standard BR 05, and are generously covered with Super-LumiNova. The presence of a new mechanism inside the case in the design of the dial is indicated by two details: power reserve indicator and a large date window. The latter is made in aviator style and in addition to the current date shows the previous and next day.
The BR-X5 models are available with a black dial and a dial in the shade of "ice blue". Both versions are not declared as limited. In 2023, the third, limited edition version of the watch will go on sale – the BR-X5 Multimaterial model with an internal titanium case and an external carbon case. 500 copies have been announced for release. Unlike the unlimited versions, which are offered both on a steel bracelet and on a rubber strap in the color of the dial, the limited model will be available only on rubber.