7 August, 2017



Bell & Ross is known for its aviation-inspired timepieces, but it has now turned to the marine world for inspiration to bring us the Instrument De Marine collection.

Mankind has always been driven by the need to explore and discover new grounds on land or underwater. In sea travel, particularly, the marine chronometers were the most crucial time-keeping equipment to navigate the ship through choppy seas. This marine timepiece was the inspiration behind Bell & Ross latest Instrument de Marine series.

Replicating the Bell & Ross iconic square-cased, round-dialled watches, this series comes in three unique, limited edition models. The BR 01 is a 46mm diameter, simple, time-only piece with a bronze case, bezel and crown. It also has an Indian rosewood band around the case and a titanium case back. Unique and hardy materials that harkens to sea travels, this manual-winding wristwatch has a 56-hour power reserve. What differs slightly to Bell & Ross’ aesthetic style is the use of blue pear-shaped hand — a nod to the marine clocks of the olden day, and the shiny lacquered white dial and Roman numerals.

The sapphire case backs in these three models offers its wearer a glimpse of the inner workings of the timepiece. All three are also water resistant to 100 meters. Like the BR 01, the BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph also comes in the same make, while the more luxurious BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph is in 18-carat rose gold and wood case. This baroque-looking model is the piece de resistance here. With a skeletonized flying tourbillon comes with an impressive 100-hour power reserve.

The Instrument de Marine timepieces are things of timeless beauty with its brown alligator leather strap that features a luxe bronze or rose gold pin buckle. It’s a timepiece that grabs attention and an iconic collection that will inspire a following among those in the know.

Only 500 pieces are available for BR 01 Instrument de Marine (US$8,700); 99 for the BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph (US$25,800); and 20 for BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph (US$169,000) | bellross.com