In watchmaking, lightweight and highly resistant ceramic has become one of the most beloved materials among collectors. Renowned for its extensive use in the aerospace industry, ceramic is a highly technical substance that integrates seamlessly with Bell & Ross' design philosophy, rooted in aviation. Inspired by aircraft instrument panels, the brand naturally orients itself towards the creation of watches made of ceramic, with a particular predilection for the distinctive aesthetics of black ceramic.

Although black ceramic has been a staple in various B&R collections, it had not yet taken the lead role in the BR 05 series, launched in 2019 with the aim of offering Bell & Ross enthusiasts watches in the popular sports category with integrated bracelet in steel, maintaining the distinctive design language of the iconic BR 03 collection.

Now, we are pleased to present a trio of fascinating new models: BR 05 Black Ceramic, BR 05 Skeleton Black Ceramic and BR 05 Skeleton Black Lum Ceramic, unveiled during Watches and Wonders 2024 in Geneva.

The square case of the new BR05 Black Ceramic series measures 41mm wide and 11,2mm thick, slightly larger – by 1mm – than other similar BR05 references in the collection. Bruno Belamich, creative director and co-founder of Bell & Ross, elaborated on this decision. The color black tends to make objects appear smaller visually, prompting an adjustment in case size to maintain the impactful presence of the watches.

The BR 05 Black Ceramic and BR 05 Skeleton Black Ceramic boast a combination of satin and glossy finishes. At the same time, the BR 05 Skeleton Black Lum Ceramic sports a matte surface achieved through sandblasted ceramic, offering a sportier and sharper appearance. All models feature 100-meter water resistance, a screw-down crown with side guards, and sapphire crystal on both the front (AR-coated) and back.

The dials mark the main distinctions between the three new models. The BR 05 Black Ceramic, with time and date display, features a glossy black sunray dial. The skeletonized hands and rhodium-plated baton hour markers, filled with white Super-LumiNova, emit a green glow in the dark. White printed numerals accompany the 12, 6 and 9 hour markers, while the aperture at 3 o'clock displays a white date on a black disc. The brand logo and indications of the automatic movement and Swiss origin complete the information on the dial.

In contrast, the BR 05 Skeleton Black Ceramic features a transparent black dial adorned with applied baton hour markers filled with Super-LumiNova. The 12 o'clock position features a double index. The hands maintain consistency across models – skeletonized and luminescent for hours and minutes and rhodium-plated for seconds. Across the dial, rhodium-plated movement components peek out discreetly, preserving Bell & Ross's favored stealth aesthetic.

Finally, the semi-transparent dial of the BR 05 Skeleton Black Lum Ceramic is made of black smoked sapphire crystal. The applied indexes are treated with C5 Super-LumiNova, appearing green in daylight and low-light conditions. The rhodium-plated skeletonized hands receive a touch of the same high-shine green luminescent material, ensuring visibility in all lighting conditions.

The BR05 Black Ceramic uses the automatic caliber BR-CAL.321 (based on the Sellita SW-300) with approximately 54 hours of power reserve. The oscillating weight, adorned with decorative elements, is visible through the sapphire crystal case back. On the other hand, the two Skeleton models employ the BR-CAL.322 caliber, boasting similar characteristics, including an autonomy of 54 hours and a frequency of 28.800 vibrations/hour.

The BR 05 Black Ceramic and BR 05 Skeleton Black Ceramic are permanent additions to the collection. They come with a matching integrated bracelet and black rubber strap, each featuring a steel folding clasp. In contrast, the BR 05 Skeleton Black Lum Ceramic is a limited edition of 500 pieces and exclusively features an integrated matte black ceramic bracelet. Pricing details are yet to be confirmed and will be updated during the W&W fair (with starting prices of around 6.000 euros).

For more information, www.bellross.com.