Introducing the Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT

Introducing the Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT

The Low-Down

Parisian watch brand Bell&Ross launched its first GMT timepiece, the BR 03‐51 GMT Titanium, in 2007. Clubbed with the brand’s iconic square case, the BR 03-51 GMT Titanium gave mainstream horology a run for its money with not one but two complications designed for the wrist: a second time zone and a large date offered on a bold, sturdy case. This watch was later joined by a carbon version in 2013.

That set the stage. GMT – a function that was first developed for aviators – is commonly used by travellers today. In 2018, Bell&Ross revealed the BR V2-93 GMT 24H from the Vintage series, followed by the BR V2-93 GMT Blue for Air France pilots in 2020, and the more recent 2021 edition, the BR 03-93 GMT with a coke dial.

The BR 03-51 GMT Titanium from 2007
The BR 03-51 GMT Titanium from 2007
The BR V2-93 GMT from 2018
The BR V2-93 GMT from 2018
The Bell & Ross BR 03-93 GMT released this year
The Bell & Ross BR 03-93 GMT released this year

As the world begins to reopen its doors to globetrotters, the French watchmaker has reaffirmed its bond with aviation with the new BR 05 GMT: the first dual time zone model in the 05 series.

Originally introduced in 2019, the BR05 collection welcomes its new GMT version on a 41mm stainless steel case. The dial is black – echoing the dark tones of a cockpit – with large numerals, indices, and hands coated in white Super-LumiNova® for clear and easy legibility. Even the hour and minute hands take reference from airport signalling techniques with their skeletonized structure made of metal appliques.

The BR 05 GMT has a black dial that contrasts with the large numerals, indices and hands coated in white Super-LumiNova®. (© Revolution)
The BR 05 GMT has a black dial that contrasts with the large numerals, indices and hands coated in white Super-LumiNova®. (© Revolution)

The BR 05 GMT comes equipped with the automatic calibre BR-CAL.325 that can be viewed through the sapphire glass caseback. The third GMT hand, in black and white with a red-outlined arrow, shows the wearer the time in his/her country of origin on the 24-hour graduated inner bezel. The white hands on the main dial indicate the time at the current location.

The 41mm stainless steel piece is robust and is offered on a sleek integrated bracelet. The watch is also available on a ribbed black rubber strap.

The BR 05 GMT is available on a ribbed black rubber strap or an integrated steel bracelet. (© Revolution)
The BR 05 GMT is available on a ribbed black rubber strap or an integrated steel bracelet. (© Revolution)
While the white hands on the main dial indicate the time at the wearer’s current location, the red arrow-hand on the 24-hour graduated inner bezel shows the time in the country of origin. (© Revolution)
While the white hands on the main dial indicate the time at the wearer’s current location, the red arrow-hand on the 24-hour graduated inner bezel shows the time in the country of origin. (© Revolution)
To read time at a glance, the black semi-circle on the flange corresponds to the night-time hours, the grey semi- circle to the daytime hours. (© Revolution)
To read time at a glance, the black semi-circle on the flange corresponds to the night-time hours, the grey semi- circle to the daytime hours. (© Revolution)

IMHO

The BR05 series has always been a much-appreciated collection by urban travellers. Adding a GMT to the range just cinches the deal.

It is easy to read the time at a glance with the black and grey semi-circles on the flange – black for night-time hours and grey for daytime hours. Even the graphics on the sunray-finished dial are elaborately displayed. The BR 05 GMT is an invitation to travel.

The watch is powered by automatic calibre BR-CAL.325 (© Revolution)
The watch is powered by automatic calibre BR-CAL.325 (© Revolution)

Tech Specs

Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT

Movement: Calibre BR-CAL.325. Automatic mechanical.
Case: 41 mm; satin-finished and polished steel; white and black two-colour flange, with 24-hour scale; screw-down crown; crown guard; sapphire caseback with 360° oscillating weight.
Strap: Black rubber or satin-finished and polished steel.
Price: USD 4900 on strap/ USD 5400 on bracelet

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