Bell & Ross is supporting the Only Watch 2021 charity auction by donating an exclusive one-off version of its recent BR 01 CYBER SKULL model: the BR 01 CYBER SKULL SAPPHIRE.
Bell & Ross chose sapphire to create this bespoke BR 01 CYBER SKULL SAPPHIRE ONLY WATCH version, a high-quality material made of corundum, an oxide of alumina (Al2O3) that has taken millions of years to occur in nature. Bell & Ross worked on clear luster and elegant transparency to their fullest potential. The precious timepiece is conceived in its entirety with sapphire, for both the case and decoration. The sapphire case is machined from three blocks of sapphire and the SKULL dial from six blocks.
The exclusive BR 01 CYBER SKULL SAPPHIRE ONLY WATCH is characterized by the stylized and angular treatment of the skull on its dial. Each element of the watch, the case, crown, skull, crossbones, is structured within the many faces that sculpt the surfaces, creating volumes and a 3D image.
The BR 01 CYBER SKULL SAPPHIRE ONLY WATCH produces a multifaceted approach. The geometric shapes of the timepiece create a pixilation effect. This phenomenon appears when the points of an image become clear. The angular representation of the skull and the femur bones on the dial are inspired by this.
For this bespoke version of the CYBER SKULL, Bell & Ross used the orange color to provide its owner with a unique piece for its wrist. Made of transparent sapphire, the Skull dial was metallized on the back that has a smooth side to give this orange effect.
Orange is the ultimate color for aeronautical instrumentation due to its high level of legibility and capacity to make essential information stand out from contrast. It is also the emblematic color code of ONLY WATCH, which is used on its logo. The back of the watch also features a special engraving for ONLY WATCH.
This unique timepiece is driven by the BR-CAL.206: a calibre entirely designed by the manufacture. While the mobiles were mounting on 21 jewels, the balance benefits from an Incabloc type shock-absorbing system. The brand also worked on the skeletonization of the main plate and bridges to reveal the essential. The finishes are highly sophisticated: rhodium-plated movement, polished chamfers, velvet sanded hollows, hand-drawn strokes decorations.
Only perfect mastery of the operation of a mechanical movement could, conceal the BR-CAL 206 hand-wound movement under the faceted decoration. The main plate closely follows the shape of the skull, while extending up to the four corners of the case, underneath the femurs.
The whole was fixed on the case, and the skull appears to float weightlessly inside the case. An impression which is enhanced by the total transparency of the dial, highlighted solely by 12 baton-shaped engraved under the crystal. The complete clarity of the watch reveals the key to the mystery through the Skull.
In addition to display the time, this timepiece incorporates a playful mechanism. The automaton movement activates the jaw which opens and appears to snigger when winding-up the spring. Behind the mandible, you will discover the barrel when the skull grins back at you. Making up the brain of this skull – which has finally come to life – the anthracite balance wheel reveals its oscillations. The beating of the same, serves as a reminder of the watch’s mechanical heart.
Model: Bell and Ross BR 01 Cyber Skull Only Watch 21
Manufacture hand-wound mechanical
Skeleton main plate and bridges, rhodium plated
Incabloc antichoc system
48 hours power-reserve
Crystal: engraved anti-reflective sapphire with logo and 12 indices
Hours and minutes
Moving skull when wound by hand
Length: 43.30 mm, width: 45 mm
Faceted grade 5 titanium crown
Water-resistance: 30 metres
Faceted sapphire skull tinted in orange
Balance wheel at 12 o’clock
Rhodium plated skeleton Super-LumiNova®- filled hour and minute hands.
Buckle: pin. Satin-polished steel
90,000 – 110, 000 CHF