Bell and Ross BR 01 Burning Skull Watch Review

Bell and Ross BR 01 Burning Skull Watch Review

Like a wrist tattoo you can (but don’t want to) remove, the breathtaking Bell and Ross BR 01 Burning Skull watch has finally been released and it is an artistic masterpiece.

Last year Bell and Ross released their BR 01 Bronze Skull watch that was limited to only 500 pieces. This was unsurprisingly a huge success and each piece sold before the year was out. This year they have upped their game even more by unveiling the unmissable Bell and Ross BR 01 Burning Skull watch, a timepiece that continues to harness the striking skull design but also celebrates the intricate art of tattooing.

Although the skull is the centre piece to this design, it is not the part that deserves the most attention and praise. Surrounding the skull is an elaborate and complex pattern than engraves the stainless steel to form the shapes of flames, a rose, a scythe, a heart and an hour glass, each designed in the style of a tattoo. To create this bold decoration, an intricate process takes place where each line is engraved and filled by hand with black ink, just like the steady hand of a tattoo artist.  Each case can take several hours to ink and you can see the process take place in our YouTube video at the bottom of this review.


The expertise that goes into making this watch is extraordinary and even the centre skull is created from a stamped metal, the same process used when making coins and medals. The skull is then adorned with a black Superluminova coating that exaggerates its already rebellious and daring stare. Like the Bronze Skull, this Bell and Ross BR 01 Burning Skull watch is also limited to only 500 pieces and we’ll be amazed if this doesn’t sell out before the next is released. You can order yours here.


  • Limited Edition: 500 pieces
  • Movement: Mechanical automatic BR-CAL-302
  • Functions: Hours and Minutes
  • Case Size: 46mm
  • Case Material: Micro blasted steel, hand filled with black lacquer
  • Dial: Black Superluminova coated steel skull design
  • Water resistance: 100 metres
  • Strap: Brown alligator leather and black synthetic fabric with stainless steel pin buckle

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