Introducing: Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull limited edition


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With the introduction of BR 01 Skull in 2009, Bell & Ross became one of the first watchmakers to start the trend of skull watches. The timepiece was an immediate success and inspired the French brand to produce more such models, including the 2011 BR-01 Tourbillon Skull, and the BR 01 Skull Bronze and BR 01 Burning Skull from 2015 and 2016 respectively. This year, Bell & Ross is expanding the collection with a new watch – the BR 01 Laughing Skull (ref. BR01-SKULL-SK-ST). Priced at $9,900, it is issued in a limited edition of 500 pieces.

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Bell & Ross was one of the first brands to start the trend of skull watches

 

The skull and crossbones symbol has been used for centuries, mostly as a symbol of death and danger. Historically, it has also been used by pirates and various military forces. The latter use this emblem as a constant reminder of their own vulnerability. Military professionals often face death and this symbol often appears on their uniforms. Bell & Ross’s skull collection pays tribute to all those brave men and women.

What makes the BR 01 Laughing Skull so special is its unique automaton movement. During the winding the watch, the skull’s jaw opens and closes as if laughing at the wearer. Not particularly useful but still very cool :) . Designed especially for this watch, the caliber BR-CAL.206 is completely in-house produced by Bell & Ross. The mechanism itself is skull-shaped to fit the case perfectly. In the extension of the 4 bones, the 4 bridges secure the main plate to the case and intersect to form a single body floating in the center of the timepiece. The caliber BR-CAL.206 is sand-blasted with black coating and beveled angles. Featuring 21 jewels, the hand wound movement oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz and offers a power reserve of around 40 hours.

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The movement is skull-shaped to fit the case perfectly

 

Bold and unique, the new Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull is a statement piece created for those who prefer original watches. Its exceptional automaton movement places it in the category of exceptional watches. The watch is housed in a large 46mm stainless steel case. Water resistant to 100 meters, the case is made from microblasted steel and decorated with a beautiful “Clous de Paris” finish. The skull on the skeletonized dial has been made from metal appliqué, which has been embossed to create a relief pattern. The very same process is used for minting coins or creating medals. Thanks to the skeleton work, the skull appears to be floating weightlessly in the center of the case. Besides the skull, the dial also features sword-shaped hour and minutes hands. Unlike on previous models, the hands here are skeletonized and filled with luminous material. Completing the BR 01 Laughing Skull is a brown alligator and black rubber strap.

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The skull appears to be floating weightlessly in the center of the case

 

In addition to this model, Bell & Ross has also produced 2 diamond-set versions: The BR 01 Laughing Skull Light Diamonds (ref. BR01-SKULL-SK-ST-LGD) and the BR 01 Laughing Skull Full Diamonds (ref. BR01-SKULL-SK-ST-FLD). The former features a bezel decorated with 104 diamonds while the latter has a case and bezel set with a total of 394 diamonds. Each edition is limited to 99 pieces. The prices for these models have not yet been revealed.

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There are also 2 diamond-set models, limited to 99 pieces each

 

 

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