A design very different to most Bell and Ross watches, the Bell and Ross BR 01 Instrument de Marine watch is sure to create some waves within the industry this winter.
The Bell and Ross BR 01 Instrument de Marine watch has been designed with the inspiration of a legendary 18th century clock in mind. John Harrison, who was widely known as an artisan, carpenter and watchmaker, invented a marine chronometer in 1720 that had the ability to calculate the longitude while at sea. His invention significantly improved the safety of passengers on long distanced sea travel during this time.
During the 1800s, ship clocks had a very unique look. Although they still boasted the conventional round dial that the majority of watches show today, they were housed within square wooden cases giving them an extraordinary peculiarity. The design of a circle within a square is something that consumes the majority of Bell and Ross’s collections and so this limited edition model seems very much at home.
The Bell and Ross watchmakers have beautifully combined the contemporary technical prowess of their other models with a vintage touch that is completely unique to their other releases. The case of the Bell and Ross BR 01 Instrument de Marine watch is made of a material known as Indian Rosewood. The wood recalls back to the material used on the hull and masts of 18th century ships as well as the cases that once held the ship clocks. A rare highly durable timber, the Indian Rosewood emits a stunning pinkish red glow that looks particularly striking against the crisp white lacquer dial. The case is further embellished by bronze giving it a further vintage feel that will naturally age and change colour the more it is handled.
The 46mm timepiece embraces the BR-CAL.203 hand wound mechanical movement that promises an impressive power reserve of 56 hours and a water resistance of 100m while the strap is made from a sophisticated brown alligator leather and completed by a bronze buckle. The precious wood and bronze case is set with a clear anti reflective sapphire crystal glass that overlooks the white dial and brand exclusive roman style numerals. With only 500 pieces of this model available, we expect this limited edition Bell and Ross BR 01 Instrument de Marine to be one of their most memorable models. The watch is thought to be released towards the end of November this year and can be pre-ordered by clicking here.