Following the success of the Bell & Ross BR-05 line, the company raises the bar with the 41mm BR-X5. While the BR-05 was Bell & Ross’ first foray away from professional tool watches, the BR-X5 indicates whole new goals. By thoroughly inspecting the BR-X5 watch, you can learn everything vital about it.
This incorporates a new three-part case construction, but let’s start with the engine. This is an automated timepiece with a date and power reserve indication; a full wind powers the movement BR-CAL.323 for roughly 70 hours. What you can’t see is that this movement is COSC-certified, allowing Bell & Ross to provide a five-year warranty, and the combination of details (and maybe language) is now speaking to you.
So, while it seems to be a line extension for the BR-05, it is actually meant to appeal to collectors who have long desired a manufacturing movement in Bell & Ross’ core collection. On one level, this is predictable considering Chanel‘s history with both Kenissi (it holds a part in the specialty business) and Bell & Ross, where the luxury behemoth played a key role in the timepiece brand’s establishment. To refute a common assumption, the founders of Bell & Ross stated unequivocally that they want a custom calibre, thus Kenissi did not simply utilize any old stock they possessed, such as the cheap Tudor North Flag.
Concerning the casing and variations, there are three alternative possibilities, with up to five varieties, with the icy blue dial variant in steel being particularly appealing. The orange and black variant in forged carbon, titanium, and steel, on the other hand, better highlights the innovative multipart case structure. As one might imagine, this is the most costly BR-X5 variant when compared to the BR-05. Given the circumstances, it is a relatively conservative leap. All models are waterproof to 100 meters. Rubber strap variants cost S$9,700, while bracelet versions cost S$10,500. The last orange piece is priced at S$16,700.