Bell+Ross has a new model in the range and it’s a revival of a classic gentleman’s club, cigar aficianado, kinda deal. The Edicion Limitada is a refreshing throwback to a time when men were er…men and you have to admire Bell+Ross for going with that old school Bryan Ferry/Richard Burton/Roger Moore man-about-town image.
It’s still a square watch though, so you either love that B+R vibe or you really want a brown Omega, Zenith or Breitling instead, all of which channel that oak panelled smoking room feeling.
Starting at £7200, it’s a pricey investment, so make sure you love it. Here’s the blurb from B+R;
In 2006, Bell & Ross launched the BR Vintage 126 XL Edición Limitada. This sporty chronograph from the Vintage collection has a round rose gold case.
In 2015, the WW1 Edición Limitada came along to embellish the series. This model takes up the design of the WW1, inspired by the first wrist watches. The retro-style timepiece features a round red gold case and very thin wire lugs.
Now, the BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada is here: the third piece in this successful collection. More urban in design, this modern, technical watch features the Edición Limitada warm finish that is created with a brown dial and gold case.
The BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada is aimed for the chic, stylish dandy and urban epicurean. The watch is adorned with details specially designed with him in mind.
LORD BRETT SINCLAIR WOULD LOVE THIS WATCH
A lover of beautiful things, good food and good cigars, this sophisticated gent subscribes to a certain artde-vivre. The style and finishes in this limited series match his demeanour and way of life.
Deeply rooted in the 21st century, this hedonistic gentleman embraces a timeless approach to life.
He cultivates a certain refined classicism, revisited in a contemporary fashion. He likes to drive prestigious cars, sip smooth spirits, wear fine materials—and, of course, smoke good cigars.
However, you can be a non-smoker and still want to wear the BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada chronograph. Any lover of refined objects will be moved by this watch, with its shimmering finishes that convey the elegant, urban, epicurean art of living.
– Gold covers the small, subtle details, like the outside
of the chronograph counters.
– Red can be found on the stopwatch hands, evoking
the cigar bands. As a nod to the cigar’s roots, the
Edición Limitada inscription on the dial is written in
red and in Spanish.
The colour code used is also a way to separate different functions, a Bell & Ross signature design detail. The two stopwatch hands are dressed in red. The large central hand measures the seconds, while the small hand on the counter at 9 o’clock measures the stopwatch minutes. The counter at 3 o’clock houses a small golden hand which displays the seconds: no risk of confusion.
It comes with a bracelet or there is a rubber strap variant, slightly cheaper. The box is a wooden delight by the way, plus you can get a matching proper cigar box with temp gauge – we love that detail.
More info here.